Aerial Traveler: Central France
Aerial Traveler is the newest of AirVūz Originals programming. Each episode has hosts Allie and Rusty featuring a jaw-dropping travel destination via the incredible drone videos uploaded to AirVuz, and they've started the series off with views from Central Frace. A finely curated collection packages these videos of French castles, Parisian landmarks, and the renowned countryside into a virtual travel itinerary, inviting us all to experience the aerial views from the best seat you’ll never need to reserve - right where you are now.
Chambord: Loire Valley Renaissance Castle
Chateau Chambord, which sits in the Loire River Valley of France, is frequently considered to be the greatest castle in the country. It was constructed in the 16th century as a hunting lodge for the French King Francis I, although it was never completed. Top contributor Freeway Prod shot drone footage of Chambord for a national French TV show. Prepare to be amazed by the bird's eye views of this French Renaissance architectural marvel, one of the Loire Valley's top tourist destinations.
Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower
Top contributor BeemFlights created this magnificent drone video of Paris, the great French capital. The video alternates between the two most iconic sites in the City of Light: the Eiffel Tower and Notre-Dame de Paris, otherwise known as Notre Dame Cathedral. The latter, which is one of the world's most well known churches, caught fire on April 15, 2019 and was badly damaged. Located on the Île de la Cité in the River Seine, the 13th century Gothic landmark is one of France's greatest cultural treasures.
The La Défense District of Paris
Top contributor Etienne Lehuede used a DJI Phantom 3 drone to create this amazing bird's eye view of the Paris La Defense district. This is a modern downtown district which was built west of the Paris city limits beginning in the late 1950's. Its buildings serve as corporate headquarters to some of the largest companies in France. The view of its skyscrapers beyond the "traditional" Paris landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower is one of the most iconic sights in France.
The Gardens of Château de Villandry
In connection with a French TV show, top contributor Freeway Prod created this magnificent drone video of the gardens of the Château de Villandry. The chateau is one of the more well known landmarks in the Loire River Valley of central France, and is particularly well known for its magnificent gardens. It was built in the early 1500's on the ruins of an older structure. The chateau is located just outside the Parc naturel régional Loire-Anjou-Touraine, in the Indre-et-Loire department.
Chenonceau: French Renaissance Masterpiece
In this video, Drone-pictures gives us a beautiful bird's eye view of the magnificent Chateau Chenenceau. Situated in the heart of the Loire River Valley of west-central France, Chenenceau is considered one of the world's greatest Rennaissance castles. The current structure dates to the 15th century. It took much of its current shape in the 16th century, after the French King Henry II gave it to his mistress. It is has had a protected landmark status since the mid-1800's.
France's Jura Mountains
Contrary to what is sometimes believed, the Jura Mountains of France and Switzerland are not part of the Alps Mountains system. Lying to the north of the Alps, most of the Jura peaks are in the Franche-Comte region of east-central France. The highest peaks in the range rise to modest 1.7k meters (about 5.6k ft.). Nevertheless, as you'll see in this drone video by top contributor Etienne Lehuede, the Jura's offer some spectacular visual scenery.
Puy de Dôme: Volcano of France
Yes, you read that correctly: volcanoes in France. Puy de Dôme is an active volcanic dome in the Masif Central region, close to the middle of the country. It's less than 11,000 years old, a newborn in geological terms. Contributor Astropote used a drone and four spotters to fly over the crater of the great dome, which is about 200 meters (650 ft) across and 90 meters (300 ft.) deep. Puy de Dôme is now one of the major tourist destinations in south-central France.
World War II Massacre Site
Contributor FreD ...///... created this haunting aerial video of Oradour-sur-Glane, a small French village in central France that was the scene of one of the worst World War II atrocities in Western Europe. In June, 1944, troops of the Waffen-SS came through here to reinforce the German positions in Normandy following the Allied D-Day landing. They massacred 642 residents of the town, mostly women and children. While the village was rebuilt nearby, the original village was preserved in memorial.
Lyon: France's Second City
In this video, contributor Lyon Drone Services gives us a fantastic aerial look at the French city of Lyon. While the city proper is the third largest in the country, counting the metropolitan populations it's effectively the country's second city after Paris. It's the capital of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, which covers much of east-central France. Built on the site of an ancient Roman refugee settlement, the city is home to many of France's high tech companies.
Auvergne: Heart of Central France
Auvergne is an area of Central France. Historically an official region, a few years ago it was consolidated with the region to its east to form the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. With few large cities, it is one of the most under-populated areas of France. While the region has a storied history dating to the Antiquity, what it is perhaps best known for now is its dormant volcanoes. Contributor My Way gives us an aerial tour of this region in the heart of France.
France's Magnificent Loire River Valley
The Loire is the longest waterway in France, a country known in part for its rivers. Running entirely within France's borders, it stretches a total of just over 1k km (about 630 miles), rising in Central France and discharging into the Atlantic Ocean at the Bay of Biscay. It runs through the very heart of historical France; the Loire Valley includes hallowed towns such as Orleans, Tour, and Nantes, as well as many of France's most famous chateaus, such as as Chenonceau and Chambord.
Vendée: French Historical Treasure
The Vendée is an area of west-central France, on the Atlantic coast. It is situated between the cities of Nantes to the north and Bordeaux somewhat further to the south. It has been an important battleground area, going back to the Hundred Years' War with England beginning in the 14th century. Later, it was the first area to revolt against the French Revolutionary Government. In this video, contributor Leogiraudeau gives us an aerial view of the area's stunning coastline.
Fontainbleau: Castle of French Kings
Phildrone created this amazing drone video of Fountainbleau, one the largest châteaux. It is situated a half hour drive southeast of Paris in Central France. Building on the site dates to the 12th century. It took much of its present shape during the reign of King Francis I in the 16th century. Fountainbleau has been at least a seasonal home to almost all of the French monarchs from that time until the French Republic was declared in 1871. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Château d'Ussé: Sleeping Beauty Castle
Tarik Kiko Mavic Pro created this awesome aerial look at Château d'Ussé, a very famous French castle. It's located in the Indre-et-Loire Department (region) of Central France, on the outskirts of the Chinon Forest. The present castle was completed early in the 17th century on the site of an 11th century Norman fort. It is considered to be of mixed Flamboyant Gothic and Renaissance design, reflecting the transition that was occuring between the former and the latter during its construction.
Two Famous Castle in Central France
Phildrone brings us this marvelous aerial view of Chantilly Castle (Château de Chantilly), one of the most famous castles in France. It's situated in the Oise district in the north central part of the country. Originally built in the 16th century, it was destroyed during the French Revolution and rebuilt in its present form in the 19th century. The castle appeared in the 16th James Bond film, A View to a Kill (1985). The video also includes footage of the less well known Chateauneuf Villevieille in southern France.
French Landmark: Arc de Triomph
Sphereview created this magnificent bird's eye view of the Arc de Triomphe in central Paris, one of the most iconic sites of Europe. It anchors the western end of the Champs-Élysées, the French capital's most important roadway. It was built as a memorial to France's war dead in the Napoleonic Wars, and its Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is the country's greatest memorial for its World War I dead. The Arc was used as the filming location for a key scene in the 2018 film Mission Impossible: Fallout.
Drone View of Paris and Notre-Dame
Cenk Kaya created this beautiful drone video of Paris, the City of Light. The video captures some of the most widely recognized spots in the French capital city. The highlight is a top-down sequence over the Notre-Dame de Paris, aka Notre Dame Cathedral, which begins at about the :30 mark. The 14th century medieval church is considered amongst the world's finest examples of Gothic style architecture. It's situated on the Île de la Cité, the Seine River island where the city of Paris was founded.
Sacré-Cœur: The "Other" Paris Church
Sphereview created this stunning drone video of Sacré-Cœur, one of the most famous churches in Paris. The construction of the basilica was completed in 1914, on the eve of World War I, having been started nearly four decades earlier. It sits atop Montmartre hill in the 18th arrondissement. Its conception was partially tied to the wave of repentance which swept France following its defeat by Germany in the Franco Prussian War of 1870 and the ensuing civil war sparked by the Paris Commune.
Château de Serrant, Castle of the Loire
Tarik Kiko Mavic Pro used a DJI Mavic Pro to create this stunning aerial view of Château de Serrant, one of the great castles of France's famed Loire River valley. It's near the town of Angers in the country's Maine-et-Loire department, southwest of Paris. The current structure was built on the ruins of a medieval era fortress, and took most of its present form in the 17th century. Unlike most of the Loire Valley chateaux, the Château de Serrant remains in private hands.
Castle on an Island of the Loire
Check out this aerial view of one of the lesser known castles of France's Loire River Valley. The Château de La Roche is situated in the commune of Saint-Priest-la-Roche, which is part of the Loire department in the heart of west central France. While the castle once overlooked the Loire River, it now sits on an island created by dam projects on the great river. The castle dates to the 13th century, although it fell into disuse by the 17th century due to problems with flooding along the river.
Paris by Mavic Air
Contributor bartreding used a DJI Mavic Air to create this beautiful drone video of the great city of Paris, France. The video opens with an epic shot of the Seine River, with the Eiffel Tower looming in the background. From there you'll see some shots looking westward towards the La Defense high-rise district. Then it's on to the Tuileries Gardens and the adjacent Louvre Pyramid, some amazing shots of the Arc di Triomph, and ending with some daytime and nighttime shots of the Eifel Tower.
Château de La Roche-Guyon
Contributor Toni Video created this beautiful drone video of a semi-ruined castle in northern France. Château de La Roche-Guyon is situated in Val-d'Oise, one of the Departments which makes up the Île-de-France region that includes the national capital. The chateau was built in the 13th century on the Seine River, in a strategic location relative to routes between Paris and Normandy. During World War II, the town was used as bunker location by German Field Marshall Erwin Rommel.
Vendée: Saint Mesmin's Castle
Contributor FreD ...///... created this beautiful drone video of a castle in Northwestern France. Saint-Mesmin's Castle is located near a town of the same name in Vendée, one of the departments that makes up the Pays de la Loire region south of Brittany. The structure is a 13th century fortress. Among its later additions is a 28 meter (just under 100 ft.) moat, which was constructed in the 15th century. The castle is open to the public during the summer months.
Île de Ré: Bay of Biscay Island
Île de Ré is a prominent island off the middle of France's west coast, near the port of La Rochelle. The body of water here is called the Bay of Biscay, which opens up onto the north Atlantic Ocean. The island was actually an archipelago of three islands as recently as Roman times; due to a combination of silting and some land engineering the three are now fused as a single island. You can see this fascinating and ancient island from a bird's eye perspective in this drone video by My Way.
Noirceux, Vosges Mountains
Contributor david dreyfus created this beautiful drone video of a spot in the Alsace region of northeastern France. It's in the area around the town of Noirceux, which lies in the Vosges Mountains. The mountains form a chain which runs roughly parallel to the Rhine River. The Alsace region represents some of the most fought-over land in Europe - it was captured by Germany in the Franco-Prussian War of 1871 and recaptured by France in World War I - and also some of its most beautiful.
Auvergne in Fall
Auvergne is a historical region of France, in the south-central part of the country. Now part of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, it maintains a distinctive culture and landscape which is quite different than that found in the eastern (French Alps) part of the region. A largely rural area, Auvergne is known for its gentle hills and dormant volcanoes, as well as its dense forests and unique rock formations. Contributor My Way created this beautiful aerial view of the region, filmed during the Fall color season.