Fun with Google Maps

The best thing about Street View is that it allows one to take a virtual tour of the neighbourhood of anywhere that one has an address for, limited only by the fact that Google has not had time to completely document everywhere on earth (yet).

So attempting to use Street View to look around Cochin, Kerala, for example, will result in a bunch of dots linking to photos (see below) rather than the continuous highlights of an area that has been documented by the Google car.

Cochin on Google Maps

I am sure Google will get to these places eventually. In the meantime, I am able to wander the streets of Heidelberg, Germany (where a friend and his family were staying for a month), or tour the neighbourhood of my childhood home in Guelph, Ontario.

Guelph Street View

Here are a few snapshots from my virtual visit to Shankill Road, Belfast, an address that has stuck in my mind since it was a sectarian hotspot before everyone learned to chillax:

Red Hand of Ulster
Red Hand of Ulster

Rangers Supporters Club
Shankill Road Rangers Supporters Club

Ulster Volunteer Force
Ulster Volunteer Force


Abby Rogers said...

I see from your profile that you're interested in Britain! What would you do to get an in-depth look at the landscape, customs, people, history, and cuisine of Great Britain? Fortunately, all you have to do is follow my blog at


Every day I post a picture, video, or recipe from Great Britain. Check it out, you might like what you find....

P.S. I love using Google Street View to explore random towns in England!

PALGOLAK said...

Thanks for the tip, Abby Rogers!