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StreetView Nederland

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A new find!  Street view of the “home stretch” of my bike ride home when I was studying abroad in Amsterdam.  Reaching this kaas-kaas place meant I was almost home…  I wasn’t a fan of cheese then so I never went in this place; what a shame.  I did, however, do my grocery shopping at the Albert Heijn next door, parking my bright red bike along Haarlemmerstraat.

Related pages:

http://www.streetviewnederland.nl/

http://googlemapsmania.blogspot.com/2009/03/dutch-street-view-gallery.html

http://googlemapsmania.blogspot.com/2009/03/dutch-website-using-street-view.html

http://googlemapsmania.blogspot.com/2009/03/street-view-now-in-uk.html

I took a lot of pictures in the Netherlands, but it’s incredible how being able to pan around such an “unremarkable” street brings back a flood of great memories.  I wish I could understand Dutch!  That would make navigating this site a lot easier!

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Ahhh… Now THIS was home…  This red brick building on the left…  Google street views never cease to amaze me…  (Oh, and I was trying to find a Thai restaurant that I ate at my first night in Amsterdam…  Couldn’t quite find it, but didn’t try very hard.)

And… More of the Luxor in Rotterdam!

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Nieuwe Luxor Theater, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

As viewed in Google Earth… With the 3D buildings layer turned on!

I couldn’t quite remember where I took the Luxor picture from a blog entry I posted earlier this week, and curiosity and nostalgia got the best of me.

Ah, the Erasmus Bridge and the KPN Tower (Renzo Piano) help to situate the Luxor – and more importantly, that intersection – in my mind now!

And I remember shivering there and there and there… And getting rained on while biking across that bridge there… But oh, it was worth it.

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Frank Gehry, EarthSwoop, and Google Earth

I haven’t been in a blogging mood lately. No particular reason. No, it wasn’t because I wanted to keep my photos in the forefront; I’m not THAT vain!

I’m cleaning out my inboxes, and I’m finally reading my Dec 2008 issue of Sightseer, the monthly newsletter for Google Earth.

Looks like they have several 3-D models of Frank Gehry’s works. Now, I’m not a huge fan of Gehry… I thought his work in Millennium Park was pretty garish when I first saw it from afar… And up close… Well, it got only a tad better… But, perhaps only because the Chicago Symphony Orchestra was playing at the time! But despite Gehry’s design, the lawn in front of Pritzker Pavilion is one of my favorite spaces:

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Photo taken in Millennium Park, summer 2005

Now looking at the same scene in EarthSwoop:

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Pretty neat…

And then there’s MIT’s Stata Center in Cambridge, Mass… Which, I’m also not a huge fan of… But it was one of the touristy things to see when I visited Boston last summer:

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Stata Center

These 3-D models aren’t that great… Mostly because the images used on the faces of the polygons are very drab in hue, but also because the buildings don’t even touch the ground, but you can at least start to get a feel for the place…

The separated bike lane and the rhythm and repetition created by the allée of trees also add to the space. Not a fan of building, but I did like some aspects of the sidewalk, bike lane, and street:

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And… Enough rambling for the month.