I was playing around with Google Earth last night.
First I located my house on the globe ---it's a little spooky still to be able to zoom in to an aerial photo of North America, then British columbia, then Vancouver Island, and then, you know, my street and my house and practically see the car parked in my neighbour's driveway...
Then, using my house as the starting point, I'd spin the global map and land on a faraway city, somewhere I've travelled to, so I could know how many kilometres away (the shortest route, as the crow flies) that place was.
I'm thinking that building a signpost something like the one pictured above would be an interesting addition to the garden.
The results :
Rome: 9033 km London: 7628 km
Nairobi: 14, 353 km Marrakech: 9055 km
Madrid: 8487 km Paris: 7973 km
Dublin: 7216 km
Also, a little closer to home, Vancouver,BC : 145 km
I think I'd probably include Kathmandu, Nepal (10,915 km) and Varanasi, India(11, 238 km) too because Jeff and I are planning on travelling to those this fall.
Hey, if we painted those last two places on our sign, then we'd almost be obligated to definitely go.... yeah... * mentally cementing vacation plans*