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Literary Locations Compilation Video


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)


Windmills of La Mancha


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 Consuegra 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."   

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Victor Hugo)


Drone Paris - Notre-Dame Cathedral

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Here's a stunning aerial tour of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, created by top AirVuz contributor Freeway Prod.  The footage was captured shortly before the landmark was badly damaged in a fire which broke out on April 15, 2019.  The fire, which occurred while the church was undergoing renovation, destroyed its main spire.  Considered one of the world's 2-3 most famous churches and immortalized in Victor Hugo's 1831 classic the Hunchback of Notre Dame, Notre-Dame de Paris (as it's formally called) is currently being restored.  

To the Lighthouse (Virginia Woolf)


Fly in Skye

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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.

The Tragedy of MacBeth (Wm. Shakespeare)


Hillerød and Helsignør castles in Denmark


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.  

A Farewell to Arms (Ernest Hemingway)


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


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 Crucible (Arthur Miller)


Salem, Massachusetts


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 drone video by pilgrimdroner, you'll get a bird's eye view of historic Salem, including its Witch Museum.  

Charge of the Light Brigade (Lord Tennyson)


Crimea Republic, Sevastopol,Balaklava 2020

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New AirVuz contributor Alexandr Shinkarevskiy brings us this stunning drone video of a famous spot on the Black Sea's Crimean Peninsula.  It was filmed around the town of Balaklava, on the southern outskirts of Sevastopol.  Balaklava became famous in 1854 for a battle during the Siege of Sebastopol, during the Crimean War: the decimation of a British cavalry unit by previously undetected Russian artillery forces here was immortalized in Alfred (Lord) Tennyson's narrative poem, the Charge of the Light Brigade.   

Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Washington Irving)


Sleepy Hollow, New York

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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. 

Moby-Dick (Herman Melville)


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. 

Wuthering Heights (Emily Brontë)


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.

The Magic Mountain (Thomas Mann)


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 consciousness 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.

Cannery Row (John Steinbeck)


Big Little Drone in Monterey, California


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. 

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)


American Queen in Hannibal, Missouri

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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).    

Bridge over the River Kwai (Pierre Boule)


Kanchanaburi Thailand 2017

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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.

All the Pretty Horses (Cormac McCarthy)


Parras Coahuila


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.

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


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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.

Hound of the Baskervilles (Arthur C. Doyle)


Moody Burrator

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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.

Gulliver's Travels (Jonathan Swift)


Soarscape - Cavehill


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.  

Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)


England's Peak District: Phantom 4 Pro


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.

The Pearl (John Steinbeck)


Amazing La Paz Baja California Sur, México


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.  

Big Sur (Jack Kerouac)


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.  

Mornings in Mexico (DH Lawrence)




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).

House of Seven Gables (N. Hawthorne)


Salem Harbor and the House of Seven Gables


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 and drone pilot 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 Odyssey (Plato) and the Aenid (Virgil)


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.  

Under the Volcano (Malcolm Lowry)


Hiking Popocatépetl & Iztaccihuatl National Park

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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.

French Lieutenant's Woman (John Fowles)


Lyme Regis, Devon, UK. The Jurassic Coast.

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Check out these drone views of the famous southern UK seaside town of Lyme Regis, compliments of Drone Eye View.  The town lies on the Jurassic Coast, on the borders between Counties Dorset and Devon.  The video features excellent footage of the Cobb, the town's harbor wall.  This landmark made appearances in Jane Austen's novel Persuasion (posthumously published in 1817) and in John Fowles' modern classic the French Lieutenant's Woman; it was also used as a filming location for a 1981 film adaptation of the latter starring Meryl Streep.

Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut)


DRESDEN - Germany in the mist... 4K-UHD

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Check out this magnificent drone video of Dresden, Germany, compliments of New Entertainment Pictures.  The capital of the northern state of Saxony, Dresden is built on the banks of the Elbe River.  The video opens with shots of the city's Frauenkirche and Opera House, followed by the Zwinger Palace and the Hofkirche (Cathedral).  Dresden was heavily damaged near the end of World War II during a still-controversial bombing raid which killed thousands and was later immortalized in Kurt Vonnegut's classic 1969 novel, Slaughterhouse-Five. 

The Shipping News (Annie Proulx)


"The Rock": Newfoundland, Canada

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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.

Wide Sargasso Sea (Jean Rhys)


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.

Dracula (Bram Stoker)




While Bram Stoker's timeless 1897 novel Dracula is largely set in what is modern-day Romania, a portion of the book is set in the Yorkshire region of England.  In this drone video by AirVuz contributor bumblefalconer, you'll see the two spots.  The first part of the video was filmed over the town of Whitby, which lies at the mouth of the River Esk in North Yorkshire.  The second part of the video features the fishing village of Robin Hood's Bay, which is located just south of Whitby, where Dracula's ship runs aground in the novel.  

The Iliad (Homer) and Aeneid (Virgil)


Mount Ida - 4K

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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.  

For Whom the Bell Tolls (Ernest Hemingway)


The Historic City of Ronda with its Panoramic Views

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AirVuz contributor Allan Crawford brings us this excellent drone video of the picturesque Spanish ciy of Ronda.  The town is perched above a canyon of the Guadalevín River in the Málaga province of Andalusia, he southernmost region of mainland Spain.  Settled since Neolithic times, Ronda may be best known as 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.  

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


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)


University of Missouri, Columbia


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.  

Sophie's Choice (William Styron)


Auschwitz: Nazi German Concentration and Extermination Camp


Contributor Yoshi1989 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 Beach (Alex Garland)


Spectacular Koh Phangan, Thailand

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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.

The Name of the Rose (Umberto Eco)


The Fire at the Sacra di San Michele


Contributor Dronescapes by Atellani 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.

Tess of the d'Urbervilles (Thomas Hardy)


Stonehenge at Sunrise on a Misty Sunday Morning - Shot on a DJI Mavic 3 PRO 5.1k 50fps


Enjoy these drone views of the famous Stonehenge monument on a misty morning, compliments of AirVuz contributor SouthCoastDronesUK.  Stonehenge is a famous neolithic age ring of stones in southwestern England and is estimated to be 4-5,000 years old.  The purpose and precise construction date(s) of Stonehenge continue to be matters of some debate.  One of the most recognized and important cultural sites in the United Kingdom, Stronehenge was the setting for the climax of Thomas Hardy's 1891 classic novel Tess of the D'Urbevilles.

The Divine Comedy (Dante)


Gradara Castle

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Talented content creator Marco Miele brings us this beautiful drone video of  famous medieval Italian fortress.  Gradara Castle is located in a town of the same name in the Marche region of east-central Italy.  Dating to the 11th century and distinguished by its 800 meter (about 2.7k ft.) outer wall, it's one of the region's most popular tourist attractions.  The castle was fought over by two rival Italian noble families of the Middle Ages, and earned a reference in Dante's immortal Divine Comedy.  

This Side of Paradise (F. Scott Fitzgerald)


Princeton University

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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). 

The Shining (Stephen King)


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 Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia (P. Sydney)


The Beautiful Longford Castle - Mavic Pro

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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 Song of El Cid (Unknown)


The Castle of Jadraque, in Castile, Spain


Contributor Santiago created this spectacular drone video of an important hilltop fortification 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.   Famously, the castle was mentioned in the Song of El Cid, the epic medieval poem of unknown authorship which chronicles the great, bloody struggle against Moorish control known as the Reconquesta.

Picnic at Hanging Rock (Joan Lindsay)


Hanging Rock - Rare Volcanic Formation Macedon Ranges Victoria 4K

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Check out this drone video of Australia's Hanging Rock, compliments of AirVuz contributor Gizmo Drones.  It's located 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 Hand of Ethelberta (Thomas Hardy)


Filight over Swanage Harbour

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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).

The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)


DJI Mini 3 Pro goes all DaVinci Code at Rosslyn Chapel Scotland


Contributor EYEINTHESKYDRONE4K brings us this rare aerial video of a famous church in Scotland called Rosslyn Chapel.  It's located in the village of Roslin, just south of Edinburgh in the Lowland county of Midlothian.  Founded in the 15th century, it was closed to worship for centuries following the Scottish Reformation, re-opening as a Scottish Episcopal Church in the 19th century.  Connected to the Knights Templar, it was featured in the novel the Da Vinci Code and was used to film the 2006 movie adaptation of Dan Brown's blockbuster.  

Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)


My Beautiful Hometown: Ingolstadt, Bavaria


Check out this drone video of an important city in the southern German state of Bavaria, compliments of contributor volkersc82.  The town of Ingolstadt is situated on the banks of the Danube River, near the center of Bavaria.  Granted city status in the 13th century, Ingolstadt played an important role in the 16th-century German Peasants War and in the Thirty Years' War of the 17th century.  It was, famously, the setting for Dr. Frankenstein to create his "monster" in novelist Mary Shelley's 1818 Gothic masterpiece. 

Tender is the Night (F. Scott Fitzgerald)



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AirVuz contributor Alessio Tricarico brings us this excellent drone video of the area around the Spanish Steps in Rome, one of the most recognized landmarks in the Eternal City.  The 135 steps connect the Piazza di Spagna with the church Trinità dei Monti at the top.  The steps have featured prominently in several important works of literature, most famously in F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tender is the Night.  More recently, it was the filming location for an epic chase scene in the 2023 blockbuster Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning.

Chronicles of Narnia (C.S. Lewis)


Narni | Italy | Cinematic FPV


Top contributor and FPV drone pilot alessandrodionisivm
 brings us this fantastic FPV tour of the famous hilltop town of Narni, Italy.  The commune is situated overlooking a canyon of the Nera River in the province of Ternia in Umbria.  Inhabited since the Paleolithic era, Narni was known as Narnia during the Roman period, when it was seen as an important strategic outpost.  In the 20th century, British author C.S. Lewis used the town's Roman name for an imaginary land immortalized in his Chronicles of Narnia series (1950-56).  

King Lear (William Shakespeare)


White Cliffs of Dover


The famed White Cliffs of Dover are one of the most iconic sites of the United Kingdom.  Seen from above in this fantastic drone video by oszibusz, the cliffs are situated on the narrowest part of the English Channel.  Rising to a height of up to 110 meters (350 ft.), they stretch for about 8 km (around 5 mi.) on either side of their namesake town.  A long-time symbol of Britain's separation from the Continent of Europe, the Cliffs have made countless appearances in English literature, most notably in Shakespeare's King Lear.

Howl (Allen Ginsberg)


More Fun At Pilgrim! - FPV FREESTYLE


First person view (FPV) pilot elbuhofpv brings us this rather haunting FPV tour of what was once the world's largest mental hospital: the Pilgrim Psychiatric Center on Long Island, east of New York City.  At its peak after War II, the facility had nearly 14,000 residents.  Now mostly abandoned, the facility was a filming location for the 1985 movie Murder by Reason of Insanity and it was referenced in Allen Ginsburg's classic poem, Howl.  This Freestyle FPV flight put elbuhofpv on our AirVuz FPV Pilots to Watch list in November of 2019. 

On Chesile Beach (Ian McEwan)


DRONEing - Chesil Beach and Fleet Lagoon - Weymouth UK


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.

Lorna Doone (R. D. Blackmore)


In to the MYSTICAL Valley of the ROCKS with DRONE

Marian Pec...

The North Devon District in southwest England is known for its dramatic cliffs, wild seas, and sandy beaches. The coastal area features incredible sand dunes, rocky coves and medieval towns, making it a great spot for a getaway. In this drone video by Marian Peciar, you'll get some great aerial views of a North Devon spot called Valley of the Rocks.  It's a valley that runs parallel to the North Devon coastline near the town of Lynton.  The valley was one of the settings for the 1869 classic Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore.  

Thomas Hardy's Fictional "Wessex"



Jaman Must...

The setting for this dronie by Jaman Mustafa is the English seaside town of Weymouth.  Situated in County Dorset on the English Channel, Weymouth is roughly in the middle of and is the prime gateway to the Jurassic Coast, a 150 km (around 90 mi.) stretch along the English Channel that is a UNESCO World Heritage site.  Weymouth is well-mentioned in English literature, famously as the "South Wessex" town of Budmouth in a number of Thomas Hardy Novels.  

Taming of the Shrew (William Shakespeare)


'City of Padua' - italy

Mauro Scia...

Top contributor Mauro Sciambi gives us this unique perspective of the great Italian city of Padua.  Featuring gimbal-stabilized as well as first person view (FPV) drone footage, the video opens with shots of the city's two most iconic locations: the oval known as the Prato della Valle, and the Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua.  Later on, you'll fly along the Bacchiglione River and tear through the city's great public squares.  Located about 25 mi. (around 40 km) west of Venice, Padua was the setting for Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew.

The Poetry of W.B. Yeats


County Sligo Ireland


Check out these stunning aerial views of Ireland's County Sligo, compliments of Drone Photogaphy Ireland. Sligo is located in the northwestern part of the island, with a coastline along the Wild Atlantic Way.  The video opens with an epic shot of Classiebawm Castle, a 19th century manor house on the Mullaghmore Peninsula.  Then it's on to the star of the show: the flat-topped Benbulbin rock formation.  Considered one of Ireland's great natural and cultural treasures, it featured prominently in the works of the great 19th century poet W.B. Yeats.



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Whitby Abbey: DJI Mavic Pro


Venice Italy


Bran: Dracula's Castle


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