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Literary Locations Compilation Video

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Literary Locations 📖📚

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In this aerial compilation by the editorial team at AirVūz, viewers are flown high above the locations featured in many of the greatest works of literature throughout history. Literary locations, both real and inspired, from around the world are brought together in a curated collection of drone videos. Literary locations featured include Saint Petersburg, Russia; Cartagena, Colombia; Lake Maggiore, Italy; Ronda, Spain; Haworth, England; La Paz, Mexico;  Istanbul, Turkey; and more. 

Don Quixote (Miguel de Cervantes)

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Windmills of La Mancha

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The province of La Mancha is part of the Castilla-La Mancha region of central Spain.  In this drone video by eminorcks, you'll see one of the provinces most famous sights: a line of 12 tower mills atop the mountain of Cerro Caldericoof.  The so-called Consuerga Windmills are believed to be those described in the epic novel Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, one of the great works of Western literature.   Published in two parts in 1605 and 1615, the novel gave birth to the phrase "tilting at windmills."   

To the Lighthouse (Virginia Woolf)

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Fly in Skye

pepinair

Contributor Pepinair created this memorable drone video of the Isle of Skye in Scotland, part of the Inner Hebrides islands.  With fewer than 10k permanent residents, its coastline is dotted with peninsulas and lakes, with a mountainous interior where you can find some of Scotland's most iconic landscapes.  The Isle has attracted great literary interest, and was the setting for Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse.  Published in 1927, the novel is considered one of the great works of 20th century fiction.

Cannery Row (John Steinbeck)

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Big Little Drone in Monterey, California

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The quaint seaside town of Monterey, California is one of America's most beautiful spots.  Situated on a prominent peninsula about 120 miles south of San Francisco, it was immortalized in John Steinbeck's classic 1940's novel Cannery Row.  Fast-forward several decades, and Monterey hit it big again as the location for HBO's popular TV series Big Little Lies.  In this drone video by caldroneflyer, you'll get a bird's eye view of the town, including the "real" Cannery Row, the Aquarium, and Lover's Point Park. 

For Whom the Bell Tolls (Ernest Hemingway)

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The City on a Cliff: Ronda, Spain

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Contributor 91 Kilometers brings us this beautiful aerial video of the city of Ronda in southern Spain, in the Málaga province of Andalusia.  Like much of southern Spain, this area has been inhabited since pre-historic times.  Ronda also has a place in literature.  The city on the cliff (in disguised form) was the setting for one of the most well known passages of 20th century literature: the famous execution scene in Chapter 10 of Ernest Hemingway's classic For Whom the Bell Tolls, first published in 1940.  

Wuthering Heights (Emily Brontë)

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Yorkshire, England: Haworth by DJI Mavic Pro

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Hawarth is a village in West Yorkshire, sitting in the center of northern England.  Using a DJI Mavic Pro Drone, top contributor and pilot Hamja Muztaba created this marvelous aerial video of Haworth, which features prominently in one of the most famous works of English literature: in Emily Brontë's 1847 novel Wuthering Heights, Thrushcross Grange is believed to have been inspired by a manor in Haworth.  The video also includes footage of nearby Cullingworth and the Hewenden Viaduct.

Hound of the Baskervilles (Arthur C. Doyle)

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Moody Burrator

Flying Horizons

Contributor Flying Horizons took this brilliant drone video of Burrator, a town in Devon in Southwestern England.  The town is part of the Dartmoor National Park, which was created to protect the highly iconic natural landscape of moors and rolling hills. Dartmore has a storied place in English literature; Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic the Hound of the Baskervilles, published in serialized form in 1901-02, was set here. Doyle spent months walking through the park beforehand for inspiration.

Dracula (Bram Stoker)

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Bran: Dracula's Castle

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Transylvania is forever associated with a fictional "vampire" from the famous late 19th century novel gothic horror novel Dracula by Bram Stoker .  The character is loosely based on Vlad the Impaler, a medieval nobleman known for his cruelty.  The castle most closely linked to the Dracula legend is Bran Castle, which is located right at the border between the regions of Wallachia and Transylvania.  In this drone video by Fabriziob you'll get a bird's eye view of the famous Carpathian castle.

Winnie-the-Pooh (A.A. Milne)

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Phantom 4 Cinematic - Traverse

Phantomic Films

This drone video by content creator Phantom 4 Cinematic was shot in Ashdown Forest in East Sussex, near the southeastern coast of England.  The forest, which is less than an hour's drive from London, was used for hunting lodges by the Normans who conquered England in the 11th century.  Ashdown  forest has another name in the literary world - it's the 100 Acre Wood in A.A. Milne's classic 1926 children's book Winnie-the-Pooh.  Milne lived near the forest and often took his child walking in the woods.

Love in the Time of Cholera (G. Márquez)

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Cartagena de Indias

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Colombia's port city Cartagena is one of the oldest and historically significant cities in the Western Hemisphere.  Founded by Spanish Conquistadoras in the 16th century, it became the most important port in the Spanish Empire.  Its role as a cultural center continues; Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez spent his formative years as a journalist in Cartagena, and his modern classic 1985 novel Love in the Time of Cholera is believed to have been set in the great city on the Caribbean. 

Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)

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England's Peak District: Phantom 4 Pro

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Contributor andpilot ixnevin used a DJI Phantom 4 to create this marvelous aerial view of England's Peak District, an which mostly sits in County Derbyshire in the East Midlands region.  Most of the area is part of the Peak District National Park, the national park established in the United Kingdom.  The Peak District has inspired numerous authors and thereby earned a permanent place in British fiction: for example, some of the most important scenes of Jane Austen's 1813 classic Pride and Prejudice were set here.

House of Seven Gables (Nathaniel Hawthorne)

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Salem Harbor and the House of Seven Gables

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Salem, Massachusetts has played a particularly important role in American literature: among other honors, Nathaniel Hawthorne, one of the USA's greatest authors, was born here in 1804.  Contributor Adventurousdrone created this beautiful aerial view of the New England port town northeast of central Boston, including shots of the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion.  Also known as Turner House, this house served as the inspiration for Hawthorne's 1851 classic the House of Seven Gables.  

The Magic Mountain (Thomas Mann)

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Davos, Switzerland: DJI Mavic Pro

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Davos is a ski resort town in central Switzerland.  At one point, the mountain air of the area was deemed beneficial to people with lung conditions, and many luminaries went there to convalesce.  Davos has also carved its way into cultural conciousness through literature: a real-life Davos sanitorium served as the inspiration for author Thomas Mann when he was writing his opus The Magic Mountain.  Published in 1924, the novel is considered one of the great works of 20th century fiction and of all German novels.

Moby-Dick (Herman Melville)

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Nantucket Island

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Nantucket is a tiny Atlantic Ocean island off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts in the USA's New England region.  The historic island is perhaps most closely associated with the long-prohibited practice of whaling.  At its peak, Nantucket was the center of the industry, which for a time played an important role in the New England economy.  Famously, Nantucket is featured in Herman Melville's 1951 novel Moby-Dick, widely considered to be one of the greatest works of American literature. 

The Name of the Rose (Umberto Eco)

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The Fire at the Sacra di San Michele

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Contributor Electriclife created this marvelous drone video of a monastery in Piedmont, Italy called the Sacra di San Michele.  Settlement in the area dates to the Antiquity, with the present monastery having been built in either the 10th or 11th century AD.  Also known as St. Michael's Abbey, this landmark has an important place in 20th century literature: it served as the inspiration for the monastery in Umberto Eco's 1980 novel The Name of the Rose, one of the bestselling works of fiction ever.

Under the Volcano (Malcolm Lowry)

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Hiking Popocatépetl & Iztaccihuatl National Park

Nomade World

Nomade World used a drone to record some epic hiking around two of Mexico's most famous volcanoes. Popocatépetl and Iztaccihuatl are neighboring mountains which loom over Mexico City from the south.  They are the country's #2 and #3 highest peaks, respectively, Popocatépetl (which is still active) having an altitude of 5.4k meters (17.8k ft.).  They are possibly the most famous stratovolcanoes in literature; both mountains feature prominently in Malcolm Lowry's 1947 classic Under the Volcano.

A Farewell to Arms (Ernest Hemingway)

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Winter Lake: Lago Maggiore filmed with DJI Inspire2 & Zenmuse X7

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Lake Maggiore is one of the largest lakes in the Alps region.  It forms part of the border between Italy and Switzerland and between the two Italian regions of Lombardy and Piedmont.  The lake is overlooked by some of the highest mountains of the range, including Mt. Rosa, Italy's tallest.  Famously, Lake Maggiore was featured in Ernest Hemingway's immortal World War I work, A Farewell to Arms (first published in 1929).  In the book, the two main characters use the lake to escape to the safety of neutral Switzerland.

The Pearl (John Steinbeck)

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Amazing La Paz Baja California Sur, México

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La Paz is the capital of the state of Baja California Sur, the lower half of Mexico's Baja Peninsula.  Situated on Concepcion Bay which leads into the Gulf of California (also known as the Sea of Cortez), La Paz has seen large increases in tourist traffic in recent years.  Earlier, La Paz was the setting for John Steinbeck's 1947 classic novel The Pearl, one of his only works not set in California. In this drone video by jcreynoso, you'll get a bird's eye view of this amazing city and its surroundings.  

Mornings in Mexico (DH Lawrence)

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Oaxaca

Postandfly

Top contributor Postandfly created this stunning drone video of the city of Oaxaca, capital of the state of the same name in Southern Mexico.  The state is considered one of Mexico's great cultural treasures because of its indigenous population, in which at least 16 pre-Columbian tribes have survived and with greater continuity than in other parts of the country.  Located in a mountain valley, Oaxaca was the subject of four of the eight essays in DH Lawrence's travel book Mornings in Mexico (1927).

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)

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American Queen in Hannibal, Missouri

Bumble Bee Productions

Bumble Bee Productions created this drone video of a riverboat docked on the Mississippi River in Hannibal, Missouri.  This medium sized town in the northeastern corner of the state has an indelible connection to American literature.  Hannibal was the home of Samuel Clemens, who took the pseudoname of Mark Twain and was one of the great 19th century American authors.  Hannibal was thinly disguised as St. Petersburg, the scene of Twain's twin epic novels the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884) and the Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876).    

Big Sur (Jack Kerouac)

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Big Sur, California (4K) DJI Mavic Pro

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Along Highway 1 on the Caifornia Coast, there is a 150 km (90 mi) stretch running from San Simeon in the south to Carmel in the north.  Known as Big Sur, it is widely considered to be the most spectacular undeveloped coastline area in the United States.  This drone film by contributor dolan creative explores this magnificent stretch of coastline, which became a household name via the 1962 classic novel Big Sur by beatnik author Jack Kerouac, subsequently adapted to a screenplay by the same name in 2013.  

All the Pretty Horses (Cormac McCarthy)

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Parras Coahuila

thedronexperience

Thedronexperience created this beautiful drone video of the vineyards of Casa Madero. Recognized as one of the best winegrowing areas in Mexico, this beautiful scenery is located in the heart of Parras, a small city in north central Mexico which is one of the major wine growing areas of the country.  It is situated in the southern part the border state of Coahuila.  Parras Coahuila has now earned a place in literature: it was the setting for All the Pretty Horses (1992), Cormac McCarthy's first novel.

The Odyssey (Plato) and the Aenid (Virgil)

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Troia - Assos

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For centuries, scholars have debated whether the story of the 'Trojan Horse" has historical foundation.  Based on archaeological evidence, it is now believed that Troy, the city state which was at war with Athens and Sparta, was an actual city in western Turkey, near the present day city of Hisarlik.  In this drone video by jesus_tr, you'll get a look at the site from the second millennium BC, which was famously referenced in two of the greatest works of western literature: Virgil's Aenid and Plato's The Odyssey.  

The Tragedy of MacBeth (William Shakespeare)

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Hillerød and Helsignør castles in Denmark

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Contributor David.Haring used a DJI Spark drone to aerially film two of the most well known landmarks in Denmark.  The first is Frederiksborg Castle, a Baroque masterpiece in the town of Hillerød, just north of Copenhagen.  Built in the 17th century, it's one of the largest castles in Scandinavia.  The second location is Kronborg Castle.  Located in Helsingør, also in eastern Denmark, Kronborg was immortalized as Elsinore Castle in Shakespeare's classic, The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.  

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Washington Irving)

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Sleepy Hollow, New York

Chris Bonanno

Situated on the banks of the Hudson River, the town of North Tarrytown, New York was immortalized in a short story called "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow".  Published by Washington Irving in 1820, the story told of a decapitated spectre called the "headless horseman" who haunted the hills above the town.  The association was so enduring (and so helpful to property values) that the town voted to officially change its name to Sleepy Hollow in the 1990's.  Here it is from above in this drone video by Chris Bonano. 

The Divine Comedy (Dante)

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Flight over "Castello di Gradara" Italy - 4K

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Contributor Enricocif created this beautiful drone video of an important Italian fortress.  Gradara castle is located in a town of the same name in the Marche region of east-central Italy.  The original structure dates to the 11th century.  Distinguished by its 800 meter (about 2.7k ft.) outer wall, it's one of the biggest tourist attractions in Marche.  Gradaro Castle was also believed to have been the scene of a semi-mythical love story which is part of Dante's Divine Comedy, one of the great works of literature.  

Charge of the Light Brigade (A. Tennyson)

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Balaclava, Crimea

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The Russian town of Balaklava is located just south of Sevastopol, the main city of the Crimean Peninsula on the Black Sea.   Seen here in this dronie shot by contributor leofacker, Balaclava is a storied name by virtue of the bloody battle which occurred here in October, 1854, during the early phase of the Crimean War.  The disastrous charge by a British formation against well-prepared Russian defenses was immortalized by the great English poet Lord Tennyson in his narrative poem, The Charge of the Light Brigade.

Bridge over the River Kwai (Pierre Boule)

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Kanchanaburi Thailand 2017

Flying Horizons

Contributor Flying Horizons used his DJI Mavic Pro drone to create this beautiful aerial tour of Kanchanaburi, an important cultural center lying a bit northwest of Bangkok.  The first half of the video features beautiful aerial footage of the infamous Bridge Over the River Kwai, a span over the Mae Klong River built by Imperial Japan in World War II with slave and POW labor which inspired a famous 1952 novel by French author Pierre Boulle that was later adapted to an Oscar-winning screenplay.

Wide Sargasso Sea (Jean Rhys)

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The Beautiful Green Island of Martinique

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Going clockwise around the eastern Caribbean sea, the second island of the Windward Antilles chain (after Dominica) is Martinique.  A French possession, the island has some of the most iconic scenery in the Caribbean, and has been the setting for numerous novels and films set in the area.  Contributor and pilot drones inspire curacao used a DJI Inspire 2 to create this beautiful aerial video of Martinique, which was mentioned frequently in Jean Rhys' classic 1966 novel Wide Sargasso Sea.

The Iliad (Homer) and Aeneid (Virgil)

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Kaz Dağı / Mount Ida - 4K

jesus_tr

Top contributor and pilot jesus_tr created this beautiful drone video of a famous mountain in northwestern Turkey.  Mt. Ida is situated across two provinces near the northern coast of the Aegean Sea's Gulf of Edremit,in the Marmara region.  It's located just 20 km (around 12 mi.) from the ruins of the ancient city of Troy.  Its proximity to Troy is the reason why the mountain earns mention in two of the most important works of Western literature: the Iliad by the Greek poet Homer, and the Aeneid by the Roman Virgil.  

Tess of the D'Urbevilles (T. Hardy)

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Stonehenge

Mikee1554

Stonehenge is a pre-historic monument in County Wiltshire in Southwestern England.  The famous ring of stones, estimated to be 4-5,000 years old, is one of the most recognized and important cultural sites in the United Kingdom.  The purpose and precise construction date(s) of Stonehenge continue to be matters of some debate.  Contributor Mikee1554 used a drone to create this amazing aerial view of the ruins, which were the setting for the climax of Thomas Hardy's 1891 classic novel Tess of the D'Urbevilles.

Sophie's Choice (William Styron)

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Auschwitz: Nazi German Concentration and Extermination Camp

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Contributor Yoshi1999 created this powerful aerial video of the site of the Auschwitz concentration camp in southern Poland.  Auschwitz was the scene of some of the most concentrated killing by Nazi Germany during the Holocaust in World War II.  The camp and its many satellites actually constituted two camps: a "work" camp for slave labor, and a true death camp where prisoners were killed with poison gas upon arrival.  The camp's "reception" process was the basis for William Styron's 1979 novel, Sophie's Choice.

The Crucible (Arthur Miller)

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Salem, Massachusetts

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Salem, Massachusetts is one of New England's oldest settlements.  Located about a half hour drive northeast of Boston, the town was the epicenter of one of the USA's greatest travesties of justice: the Salem Witch Trials of 1692-3, in which 20 innocent people were executed.  The episode was later adapted as an allegory for McCarthyism by playwright Arthur Miller in his classic play, the Crucible (1953).  In this video by pilgrimdroner, you'll get a bird's eye view of historic Salem, including its Witch Museum.  

This Side of Paradise (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

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Princeton University

Chris Bonanno

Contributor and drone pilot Chris Bonanno used a DJI Mavic Pro 2 to shoot this aerial video of the campus of Princeton University in New Jersey.  Located roughly midway between New York and Philadelphia, Princeton was founded by Presbyterians in 1746 and is a proud member of the Ivy League.  In recent years, Princeton has dominated the  US News annual ranking of national universities, appearing #1 18 times in 20 years.  The campus was immortalized in alumnus F. Scott Fitzgerald's debut novel, This Side of Paradise (1920). 

Song of El Cid (Unknown)

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Del Cid: Castle of Jadrague

PJF DRONE

Contributor PJFDrone created this spectacular drone video of an important castle-fortress in central Spain.  The Castle of Jadraque is situated in the Guadalajara province in the Castilla-La Mancha region.  Built atop an old Roman fortification, the Moorish stronghold was taken by Christian forces in the 11th century.   The castle was famously mentioned in the Song of El Cid, the epic poem of unknown authorship which chronicles the great, bloody struggle against Moorish control known as the Reconquesta.

Gulliver's Travels (Jonathan Swift)

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Soarscape - Cavehill

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One of the landmarks around Belfast, Northern Ireland is Cavehill, a hill overlooking the city from its northeast.  It's known for the views it affords of all of Northern Ireland's largest city, which can extend to mainland Scotland on clear days.  Distinguished by an outcrop said to resemble a profile of Napoleon Bonaparte, the hill is believed to be the inspiration for the "sleeping giant" in Jonathan Swift's 18th century classic, Gulliver's Travels.  Check out the famous hill from above in this drone video by soarscape.  

The Beach (Alex Garland)

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Spectacular Koh Phangan, Thailand

Ki Rill

Check out this drone video of a legendary island in Southern Thailand, compliments of Ki Rill.  Ko Pha-ngan is located in the Gulf of Thailand, which separates the Malay Peninsula from the "mainland" of Thailand.  It's situated in the Surani Province, well to the south of Phuket and Phang Nga Bay.  Ko Pha-ngan is best known for its month-long Full Moon Party, as well as the setting for the Alex Garland's groundbreaking 1996 novel the Beach, subsequently made into a major motion picture starring Leonard di Caprio.

Journey to the Center of the Earth (J. Verne)

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Top of Snæfellsjökull Glacier, Iceland Dronie

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Award-winning contributor wrenee brings her trademark "dronie" shot to one of the most iconic spots in Iceland: the Snæfellsjökull, a glacier-topped volcano near the tip of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula on the western part of the island.  The volcano has a peak altitude of 1.45k meters or about 4.75k ft.  It's considered one of the country's most well known sites, in part due to its appearance in Jules Verne's landmark 1864 science fiction novel Journey to the Center of the Earth.

Stoner (John Williams)

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University of Missouri, Columbia

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Contributor mavictraveler used a DJI Mavic Pro 2 to create this aerial tour of the University of Missouri's flagship campus.  With enrollment of just over 30k, it's located in Columbia, near the middle of the state.  Sometimes called Mizzou, it's home to the Missouri School of Journalism, one of the best-regarded journalism schools in the USA.  The campus was the setting for John Williams' 1965 novel Stoner, widely considered to be one of the greatest works of fiction depicting academic life.  

Picnic at Hanging Rock (Joan Lindsay)

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Hanging Rock Drone Aerial View | Hike to the top for a Dronie

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Seen here in this dronie by WalkngDroid, Hanging Rock is a prominent geological formation in the middle of the Australian state of Victoria.  Once an oddity known mostly to locals, the rock was immportalized in the 1965 novel Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsey.  The book tells the story of a group of schoolgirls who visit the rock on Valentine's Day in 1900 and vanish.  Later adapted to a screenplay for a 1975 movie of the same name, it's considered one of the greatest novels to come from Australia.  

The Shining (Stephen King)

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A "RedRum" Dronie - The Stanley

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The Stanley Hotel in Estes, Colorado is one of the great hotels of the American West.  It's located just a few km/mi outside of Rocky Mountain National Park, on the front of the great mountain range.  Famously, the hotel served as the inspiration for Stephen King's 1974 novel The Shining, one of the works which solidified his position in the horror genre, and which was later adapted to a 1980 screenplay directed by Stanley Kubrick.  Contributor Blaze created this great dronie pull-out shot of the great hotel in the mountains.  

The Shipping News (Annie Proulx)

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"The Rock": Newfoundland, Canada

gtingle

At the easternmost end of Canada is its Newfoundland province.  The province is comprised of two areas: the island of Newfoundland and the Labrador region of the Canadian mainland to its west.  Gtingle used a drone to create this aerial video shot in the winter of 2017, when ice freeze caused great disruption to the province's critical fishing industry.  The province and its relationship with the sea were memorably covered by E. Annie Proulx's 1992 Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Shipping News.

The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia (Philip Sydney)

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The Beautiful Longford Castle - Mavic Pro

Nick RC's Aerials

Content creator and pilot Nick's RC Aerial created this excellent drone video of the United Kingdom's Longford Castle.  It's located near the town of Salisbury in Wiltshire, one of the counties of Southwestern England. Situated on the banks of the Avon River, the current structure dates to the 16th century.  Among other distinctions, the castle served as the inspiration for The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia by Sir Philip Sidney, considered one of the great works of Elizabethan literature.   

The Hand of Ethelberta (Thomas Hardy)

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Filight over Swanage Harbour

AVEA - Alta Vista Epic Aerials

Swanage is one of the most storied harbor towns on the coast of Dorset in Southwestern England.  It's situated at the tip of the Isle of Purbeck, which isn't actually an island but rather a peninsula which extends into the North Sea.  An old fishing village, Swanage became a major and fashionable seaside destination with the coming of the railways during the Victorian Era.  Seen here in this drone video by AVEA, Swanage features prominently as the town of Knollsea in Thomas Hardy's The Hand of Ethelberta (1876).

On Chesile Beach (Ian McEwan)

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DRONEing - Chesil Beach and Fleet Lagoon - Weymouth UK

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Chesil Beach is a long, narrow, pebble-covered beach west of Weymouth on England's southern coast in County Dorset; it and the Fleet Lagoon which it creates are part of the legendary Jurassic Coast.  You can see Chesil from above in this drone video by contributor and pilot DRONEing; at about the 1:05 mark, you'll see one of the pillboxes installed here during World War II in anticipation of a possible German invasion.  The beach was later the setting for Ian McEwan's 2007 novella, On Chesile Beach.

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