Sunday, February 14, 2010

Always in France

While we were in France in 2008, I was excited to see the Google car with cameras recording images for the Google street view feature in the streets of Sainte Marie d'Alloix. I wrote about it here. I thought it would be a long time before we had Google street view of our place in Australia, but in fact we were on street view before Sainte Marie d'Alloix was. Street view is available for the town of Darkan, and for much of Gibbs Road. It doesn't come right to our front gate, but to within about 5kms of our farm. Not many people drive past our front gate, and I guess for the same reason that the street view cameras didn't.
Some time last month Sophie found out that the Sainte Marie d'Alloix street view is now functional, and as I suggested at the time, Hugh's little bike is parked at the top of the cul-de-sac at 9 montée des vignes. It was fascinating to compare the photo I had taken with the street view image.

The photo I took with Hugh's bike near the mail box.

The Street View picture with Hugh's bike.

What I hadn't predicted was that WE are also visible in the street view. You can see that our faces have been blurred, apart from Hugh and Odette, who are smaller and are wearing hats, so the software probably didn't recognise them as faces. (You can click the photo to zoom in.)

Me with Hugh and Odette (in pram) with Sophie and Bonnie behind, screen shot from Google street view.

So now we will always be in the street in Montée des Vignes whenever anyone browses the Google maps street view of Sainte Marie d'Alloix!

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