Lots of people got this one. I wonder if people know buildings better than geographic features? The answer is the Palace of Versailles outside Paris, France. If you haven’t seen it, check out the movie Marie Antoinette by Sophia Coppola. It was shot on location in Versailles and gives a great idea of how ostentatious life at the French court was.
Lots of new people took part on this one. Remember to also leave a last initial or a nickname which is somewhat unique. Also, the leaderboard resets every 10 contests.
As I will occasionally do from time to time, this contest was taken from one of my recent travels. A few Over the last several weeks I drove from Darwin to Perth, Australia. On the way I visited Purnululu National Park, a World Heritage Site in Western Australia. There, I visited the Bee Hive Domes in the Bugle Bungle Mountain Range. The Bee Hive domes are a unique erosional formation which have developed on the south side of the Bungle Bungles. Other parts of the range feature stunning gorges and chasms.
I hope to speed up the posts now that I’m back in civilization. On another note, I’ve launched a new video podcast. You can check out episode 1 here.
I’ve been in the Australian Outback the last several days. The landscape never changes. I might just be the most boring drive on the planet. The only thing which would be more boring would be driving over Antarctica, which is the location of Contest #34: McMurdo Station, Antarctica. (It is located at about -77,846,166,678 if you want to find it).
I’m surprised more people didn’t get it. The “dark” clue and the snow I figured would have been a give away. It is also pretty much the only thing of note on the continent.
I should also note, that with the conclusion of contest #40, as an added incentive, I’m going to let the winner of the previous set of 10 pick the images for the next set.
Note: I lightened up this image in Photoshop slightly because the original image in Google Earth was very dark and the features were hard to see. The image is also has more grain that usual because of the resolution of the satellite image.
First, let me say if you haven’t upgraded your copy Google Earth lately, you should do so. The newest version has greatly improved navigation. It also does a lot of little simple things easier if you work with KML files. (Speaking of which, if you haven’t, you should download my custom layer I’ve built for my trip around the world). Also, if you want to have instant notification of when a new contest is up, you can follow me on Twitter. New posts go out to Twitter instantly.
Contest #34 turned out to be pretty easy. The correct answer is Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This is the primary launch site for the Space Shuttle and was where Apollo 11 left to go to the moon. This was probably easier than picking the spot in the ocean where they landed.