while i am not a particular friend of google and their domination of content identification within the internet, i absolutely adore google street map
. all the discussion around people being identifiable through it aside (i find it a serious issue but they ARE dealing with it), it is probably the best what has been offered by an online company since the invention of www.
i can't but wander along their lines through the streets of unknown cities, alongside U.S. coastlines or japanese highways... it's the next best thing to being able to travel to all these places, and it can be done in any coffee break at work! :-)
here in zurich, they are even using customized bicycles to reach into the smaller alleys and lanes of the old inner city; this guy here seemed to have temporarily lost his own way and was forced to ask a passerby for directions... ;-)