Google Maps Gives 19 More Cities 45° ImageryBy: Drew Bowling - April 25, 2012
Google Maps has updated the imagery for 19 more cities so as to offer 45° angles in addition to the standard 90° view. This round, there are 8 international locations and 11 locations in the United States. This update is noteworthy because, according to the Lat Long Blog, this is the first time that a city in France has been treated to some 45° goodness.
The full list follows.
International: Avignon, France; Reus, Spain; Rotterdam, Netherlands; L’Alcudia, Spain; Gandia, Spain; Sueca, Spain; Burgos, Spain; Los Palacios y Villafranca, Spain
United States: Albany, GA; Omaha, NE; Baytown, TX; Miami, FL; Amarillo, TX; Monroe, LA; Manchester, NH; Alexandria, LA; Rapid City, SD; Loudon, TN; Farmington, NM
I always like to take these new updates for a spin and find landmarks in places I’ve never even thought to visit, let alone thought of much at all. I’m an east coast girl so when it comes to traveling out west, I usually yawn and roll back towards the sunrise. However, I spent some time snooping around in the skies of Omaha, Nebraska, and it doesn’t look terribly different from the city I live in now. In the example below, you can see a pretty sharp view of the football stadium for the University of Nebraska Mavericks. Too bad there wasn’t anything going on this day, but the landscaping crew have done a great job of keeping up on things. You pass with full marks, team.
While playing around trying to find a fun landmark to feature with the 45° update in Miami, Florida, I discovered that much of the city is not available yet with this feature. At any rate, I couldn’t find something fun that fell within the update, so here’s a picture of a Carnival cruise ship that, sadly, you’re currently not on.
To correct that lack of excitement and potential malaise you felt when you indeed realized you weren’t on that cruise ship, I invite you now to take in the views of this gnarly gothic building in Avignon, France: Palais de Papes. As if you couldn’t infer, the English translation of the building is “Palace of the Popes” and, obviously, it is a towering monument in all its medieval architecture glory.