|a. zoom bar|
|b. street level view|
When you get to this street level view (b.) you can then turn around in different directions by using the round button in the top left of the screen. It has arrows pointing north, south, east and west so when you click on one it turns in that direction. (The whole time there is a little box in the bottom right of the screen that shows you the yellow person figure and which direction you're facing.) You'll also notice some arrows show up on the street. If you click on those it'll move you in that direction, like you're walking down the street. When I'm on my virtual walking tour I "walk" down the street a little bit, stop, and then turn to look in all directions so it makes me feel like I'm really there. When you move down the street using the arrows you'll also be able to turn down other streets if there are arrows pointing on that street as well. Unfortunately you aren't able to walk into stores and look around but I do think "there's an app for that" on the new iPad ;-)
For the fun of it, sometimes I'll open another tab on my computer and go to the Times Square Earth Cam, turn on the volume and have the sounds of New York while I take my virtual stroll down the streets of Manhattan. Then, if I truly want the full experience I'll open my trashcan and set it beside me, turn the sound up on my computer and go to NYC. :)
You can visit just about anywhere using the satellite street view on Google Maps. One other time I used it to visit my friend in NC (Hi Susan!) when she was moving to a new house. She gave me her new address and I looked it up on Google Maps and then strolled through her neighborhood to get a glimpse of her new home. It's kind of fun to play with the Maps application like that so it then gives you a general idea and perspective of things when you're talking with your friend on the phone or chatting on facebook.
So when you're wishing you were on a little vacation somewhere, look it up on Google Maps and then do like I did this spring break and take a "virtual vacation"! Let me know if you have any questions and I'll try to help you with your vacation :)
My coffee's done brewing so I'll catch you later!