Travel The World From The Comfort Of Home

Posted on January 29th, 2014 by Jean

Last week I was working very hard, and wanted to take a brief mental break throughout the day and night. I remembered someone saying, “Check out Mapcrunch. I’m so glad I did! Mapcrunch posts random street views anywhere in the world. Bonus: You can navigate them!
My first stop, a Japanese cemetery.
Japan Cemetery Mapcrunch
Then on to Cape Town, South Africa.
Cape Town South Africa
Mapcrunch even brings you inside places such as Saint Audoen’s Church in Dublin, Ireland.
Saint Audoens Dublin Ireland
What I like best about Mapcrunch is it’s ability to take me places I never knew existed.

Calle Tramo de Unión, Sevilla, Spain

Calle Tramo de Unión, Sevilla, Spain

Giant Rubber Ducky in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan

Giant Rubber Ducky in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan

Nail Salon in Moscow, Russia

Nail Salon in Moscow, Russia

Elbe Tunnel, Hamburg Germany

Elbe Tunnel, Hamburg Germany

So I highly recommend you try Mapcrunch to unwind and travel from your armchair.
Mapcrunch has another site called Instant Street View, perfect for visiting a specific destination! The kids and I have toured ….
Parthanon in Athens Greece

Parthenon in Athens Greece

Hint! Drop onto a blue dot to tour that area!
Instant Street View map

Instant Street View Map – Drag Little Person To Blue Dot To Visit Area

Queensland, Australia - Great Barrier Reef

Queensland, Australia – Great Barrier Reef

Vatican City

Vatican City

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

And even our own town!
Colorado River flows between Laughlin, Nevada and Bullhead City, Arizona

Colorado River flows between Laughlin, Nevada and Bullhead City, Arizona

I’ve started a Pinterest Board for our Mapquest and Instant Street View destinations, but we need your help! We’re running out of ideas!
• Where should the kids and I visit?
• Where will you visit?

Go, explore, enjoy, and share!

I Can See My House From Here

Posted on February 16th, 2009 by Jean

Last night, Pearl asked to look at our house on my phone. She clicked on the map icon, and viewed a satellite pic of our property.

Satellite view of our street.
Pearl noticed a little man on top of the the satellite image. Pushing it, to our surprise, brought the image to street level. We were looking at our house!

We could move the image up and down our street, and view a 360 image of our neighborhood! It was a bit unnerving, but I suppose these images have a purpose.

You can try it yourself by visiting Type in an address, a business, or a town. Zoom in to easily view the streets on the map, then drag the little man to the street you want to view.

Here is our local community college as seen on Google Maps.

Here is a house I lived in during my high school years.

What’s your opinion of Google’s street-level maps? Informative or creepy?

Ten Truths

Posted on January 12th, 2009 by Jean

 Ten Truths

 1) My middle name is Monica. During the summer between 8th and 9th grade, my Mom asked if I’d like to go by my middle name. She thought if I was called Monica all summer, I’d be used to it by the time the school year started. We’d barely gotten out of the gate of trying my *new* name when I did something to anger her, and the idea was scrapped.

2) I’m currently working on copying my parents’ photo albums. My goal is to create family albums for myself, my brother and my sister. I’ve even gone so far as to trace a childhood vacation route on mapquest, and identify a bridge my parents stood in front of.
3) I’m going out on a limb here, but I think my Schwann’s delivery man/boy wishes I was a cougar. He arrives late at night, makes idle chit-chat, and undresses me with his eyes. (I made that last part up.)

4) I (foolishly) purchased vibrating mascara in December, and now, just 5 short weeks later, the battery is dead.
5) The best recipe I’ve tried this year, with the mindset of eating healthier, is a veggie quesadilla. The worst, polenta.

6) I have a black hole in my kitchen which sucks all tupperware lids into the next dimension.

7) My 2nd marriage was performed by a minister who worked nights as a topless mermaid in a fishbowl. I just googled San Francisco topless mermaid fishbowl, and found the S.F. club: Bimbo’s 365.

8) I’m a google-queen, googling several times a day for myself and my husband.

9) The last thing I bought online was an external cd drive from MacMall.

10) Right now I’m on hold with MacMall, listening to jazz, and being told repeatedly that my call is very important. I’ve been holding for 7 minutes (so far). I don’t feel that my call is very important.

UPDATE #1: I am STILL very important…. 21 minutes later. I’ve spoken to 2 actual people, but I’m not done yet.

UPDATE #2:  That entire call last 32 minutes and 56 seconds. Turns out, that external CD drive was falsely advertised as being compatible with all platforms. It is for PCs only. Can I get my 33 minutes back?

Thanks for reading!