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Student Houses “Chalk” and “Pencil”, Wroclaw, Poland

February 24th, 2009 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Student Houses "Chalk" and "Pencil" - the highest Student dormitories in Wroclaw.

Send by: Rafał A. Nowakowski


Not “Atlantis”, Atlantic Ocean

February 20th, 2009 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The Sun: "THIS is the amazing image which could show the fabled sunken city of Atlantis.

It shows a perfect rectangle the size of Wales lying on the bed of the Atlantic Ocean nearly 3½ miles down."

Unfortunatelly, according to Google: That's not Atlantis, It's just the path of the ship measuring the ocean.

Send by: Siloy


The Hôtel des Mille Collines, Kigali, Rwanda

September 3rd, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The Hôtel des Mille Collines is a large hotel in Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda. It became famous as the building in which more than a thousand people took refuge during the Rwandan Genocide of 1994. The story of the hotel and its manager at that time, Paul Rusesabagina, was used as the basis of the film Hotel Rwanda. The French 'des Mille Collines' ('of a thousand hills') is another (poetic) name for Rwanda. The real hotel does not actually appear in the film which was largely shot in South Africa. The hotel does however appear as itself in the 2005 HBO film Sometimes in April which was shot on location in Rwanda.

The Belgian airline Sabena owned the hotel at the time of the genocide. The European managers were flown out and Rusesabagina, manager of the smaller Hôtel des Diplomates at that time, was made manager. With the help of his wife he bribed the Hutu Interahamwe militia with money and alcohol to keep them from killing the refugees in the hotel. He also managed to provide the refugees with food and water.

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Olkhon (Olchon, Khuzhir), Lake Baikal, Russia

September 3rd, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Olkhon (Ольхон, also transliterated as Olchon) is the fourth-largest lake-bound island in the world. It is by far the largest island in Lake Baikal in eastern Siberia, with an area of 730 km² (280 sq. miles).

[Source: Wikipedia]

Send by: kpt.Marian i Julia


The Royal Château de Blois, France

August 22nd, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The Royal Château de Blois is located in the Loir-et-Cher département in the Loire Valley, in France. The residence of several French kings, it is also the place where Joan of Arc went in 1429 to be blessed by the Archbishop of Reims before departing with her army to drive the English from Orléans.

Built in the middle of the town that it effectively controlled, the château of Blois comprises several buildings constructed from the 13th to the 17th century around the main courtyard. Its most famous piece of architecture is the magnificent spiral staircase in the François I wing.

In 1841, under the direction of King Louis-Philippe, the Château de Blois was classified as a historic monument. It was restored under the direction of the architect Felix Duban, to whom is due the painted decoration on walls and beamed ceilings. The château was turned into a museum. On view for visitors are the supposed poison cabinets of Catherine de' Medici. Most likely this room, the "chamber of secrets," had a much more banal purpose: exhibiting precious objects for guests.

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The Clarence Hotel is a luxury hotel in Dublin, Ireland

August 22nd, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The Clarence Hotel is a luxury hotel in Dublin, Ireland. Originally built in 1852, it was transformed into a contemporary design in 1996 by its owners, U2 band members, Bono and The Edge.

The Clarence Hotel has 49 bedrooms and all guestrooms have been uniquely designed to provide accommodation that is simple and elegant. The Octagon Bar has remained a favourite Dublin watering hole throughout the hotel's history. It is a popular meeting place for lunches, pre-dinner drinks, cocktail receptions and dining.

Send by: mpatti


Kłomino/Gródek/Westwalenhof, Poland

August 22nd, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Kłomino - Abandoned city, to 1992 occupied by the Soviet Red Army.

Until 1992 in Kłomino could live up 5 thousand people, today live there only two families (11 people).

Send by: Maciek


9-shaped artificial island, Bahrain Financial Harbour, Bahrain

July 29th, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Reef Island is being designed in the shape of the number 9 and will contain 39 residential buildings with a total of 1,217 apartments with waterfront or lagoon views. It will also contain one residential tower, 49 beach villas, 65 individually designed sea-view villas, a 250 room five-star hotel, marina and yacht club, an aquarium, a well care center, a shopping mall, and a multi-function exhibition center.

Send by: Dżołsi

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