I've used Google Maps and the "street view" feature many times in the past to find directions here in the US. I bought a Google Nexus 7 recently (straying from the Apple world), and while playing with Google Earth, I decided to "visit" my home country of Brazil. I thought the "street view" feature was limited to the US. But to my pleasant surprise, Google mapped out most of Rio de Janeiro. I was literally "walking" on a virtual world and showing my wife my old hangout places, my old school, the beaches, and other noteworthy places of my childhood. My last time in Brazil (physically) was in 1989. Here's a screen shot from Google's "street view" of the high rise condo I grew up in. This is located in Praia de Flamengo. The park next to the high rise was part of the old presidential palace during the times that Rio de Janeiro was the capital of Brazil. The last Brazilian president that lived in the presidential palace committed suicide there. The place is a museum now, and they kept the room where he committed suicide in the same way (minus the blood splatter). I spent many hours in that park. Great memories.