Archive for July, 2010

In case you weren’t sure where to wash your elephant, Roger Berry found the perfect place. Your elephant will merrily wallow around in this cool, fresh water, and love you all the more for it.


Elephant Bathing in the Periyar River, Kodanad Rescue Center in India

Our member Пирогов Дмитрий has found what appears to be a natural formation that inspired the famous scene from the film 2001 starring a bunch of monkey proto-humans, and a large monolithic object.

Here is the shot from 2001:

And here is the “Sail Rock” on the Black Sea:

If you want to feel like those proto-humans in 2001, you only need to go to the Black Sea.

Here is a very juicy black and white Infrared panorama by Roberto Scavino.


Ancient cemetery among vineyards, infrared panorama in Langhe & Roero

Bo de Visser says,

“We found a complete intact operating theatre in a abandoned hospital in formerly East Berlin. What a surprise and even the electricity is still working.”


Abandoned Operating Theater – Berlin – 2010 in Berlin

(from oldest to newest)

Transsylvania: The Big Wheel in the Turda Saltmine

Panoramic photo by Michael Pop.
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Cornouaille: France Finstere Camaret sur Mer atelier naval 2

Panoramic photo by Roland Raele.
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Hanoi: Ngoc Son Temple

Panoramic photo by Thang Bui.
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Switzerland: Davoser Sea

Panoramic photo by Roland Herger.
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Moldova: near Corneshti, old Orhei ,Moldova 2010 06 panorama3

Panoramic photo by Nikolai Soloviov.
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USA: Skate Rental at Historic Midway State Park

Panoramic photo by David Mariotti.
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New Paltz: Lake Minnewaska Sunset 20100702

Panoramic photo by Mark Fink.
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Mallorca: Bodega Cooperativa de Felanitx , Es Sindicat

Panoramic photo by Andreu Vicens Oliver.
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Panoramic photo by Kostas Kaltsas.
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Panoramic photo by Marijan Marijanovic.
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Panoramic photo by Thang Bui.
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Panoramic photo by Dashtseren Tulga.
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Panoramic photo by Noel Jenkins.
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Panoramic photo by Marcio Cabral.
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Panoramic photo by David , .
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Panoramic photo by C B Arun Kumar.
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I have to post this again. It’s a wonderful pano. Order and chaos, youth and old age, happy and sad. A sparkle in the eyes.


Refuse collector, Kota, Batavia, Jakarta, Indonesia. in Indonesia

Thanks again to Martin Broomfield for his continuing stream of great panoramas from Indonesia.


View of Jolfa, the Armenian Quarter, in Isfahan, Iran


Everyone enjoys googling (and binging) themselves. What people like to see most of all of course is their name, or their website, on the top of that coveted page one.

For years now I have been googling “Prague” with the hopes of seeing “me” on page one. It’s reached to position number 10 (for the average user) on page one of Google, which is pretty good. There are a lot of websites about Prague are out there!

I was very excited to see that our ranking for searches for Isfahan is on page one of both Google and Bing! You can try it here:


Google search for "Isfahan"



Bing search for "Isfahan"


So, how did we do it?

It’s the same old story — good content, basic SEO, and hard work.

Good Content

One of our photographer members, Ramin Dehdashti, has been publishing fantastic panoramic photos of Isfahan for a couple of years now. He’s one of my favorite photographers on 360 Cities. This content is more than “good”. It’s fantastic, and people talk about fantastic things. People talk about it, share it, and link to it.

Basic SEO

If you have experience building websites, you know what the important things are: good URL’s, <Title>, <h1>, <h2>, and original, well-written text. There are no mysteries here.

Hard work

Rinse and repeat, spread the word :-)

Of course it’s hard or impossible to out-rank some sites (such as wikipedia) with any regularity, and many seemingly obscure keywords might give you more traffic if you rank #2 for them than ranking #30 for a keyword with a thousand times more search volume. But anyway, it’s nice to see some results of this very long-term task of trying to rank well in search engines.

Jan Dolk is the first photographer to publish a free tour offered last week to 360 Cities PRO account holders.

The “Cala Mayor and Surroundings Virtual Tour” is taken in Mallorca and contains 10 panos including a couple of hotels and the smallest beach in Mallorca. Check it out. Jan, where are you going to embed the tour so we can add a link to the website? :)

Who is going to be the next PRO account? We want to blog about your tours!



Cala Mayor and Surroundings Virtual Tour


Here’s a few out of hundreds of panoramas published to 360cities last week:

Vienna: Metro Extension Praterstern 2006

Panoramic photo by Bernhard Vogl.
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Portugal: Olhos d’Água Beach, Albufeira, Algarve

Panoramic photo by Emmanuel Gaziaux.
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Madrid: A scooter in the Gran Vía street in Madrid

Panoramic photo by pau valiente.
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Brotas SP: Salão do Vicino Della Nonna Ristorante em Brotas SP

Panoramic photo by Luciano Correa | Vista Panorâmica.
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Brotas SP: Salao do Cachoeiras Restaurante e Lanchonete em Brotas SP

Panoramic photo by Luciano Correa | Vista Panorâmica.
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Brazil: PSDB Convention

Panoramic photo by Dila Puccini.
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Hanoi: Hoan Kiem downtown

Panoramic photo by Thang Bui.
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Hanoi: Hoan Kiem downtown

Panoramic photo by Thang Bui.
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Canada: Johnny Miller’s Dairy Farm

Panoramic photo by Mary-Kay Lynde.
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Amsterdam: Uma Zuma at the Vet

Panoramic photo by Tom Baetsen.
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France: TGV Atlantique

Panoramic photo by Willy Kaemena.
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Egypt: Waiting for wind

Panoramic photo by Tina Gauer.
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