Top contributor Etienne Lehuédé created this beautiful aerial tour of the mystical land known as the Loire River Valley in west-central France. The heart of the area is a roughly 280 km (aroun 170 mi.) middle stretch of the river, one of the country's most important waterways. This is sometimes referred to as the Cradle of France and is home to some of the most important French cultural sights, particularly from the Renaissance period. It's also a place of stunning natural beauty, as you will see in the video.