#QuadGoals: PikaFPV

You may recognize him from his Pikachu avatar that coincides with his call sign. You may also know him from his awesome FPV videos. He’s PikaFPV, and he’s this week’s #QuadGoals feature on AirVuz. Check out his quad build and watch the quad in action.

“I’m very happy to show you my latest quadcopter, built exclusively for long range and cinematic. I really wanted to build a 6 inch 6S quad running a KissV2 and it is now done. I had the pleasure to push it really far in Switzerland and I am more than happy about it. This quad is a pure wonder to me. The feeling is nothing any other for long range and that is exactly what I was looking for. With close to 6min30 of flying time, it is almost unbelievable for me compared to a 4S flying 4 minutes.

I often go out and explore new locations with family and friends and that is always a good opportunity to bring some stunning footage back and craft some quality edits out of it. (Next up : Guadalupe!!!)”

Drone pilot: PikaFPV

Video created with this quad: Switzerland Dreaming


Here’s my quad’s setup:

AstroX X6

Kissv2 with last FW

Aikon AK 32 blheli 32

T Motor F60 Pro II 1750KV

Foxeer Predator V3

TBS Unify HV

TBS Crossfire micro RX

Gemfan 6042

Yannick L’Huillier Antenna

CNHL 6S 1300/1500mah 120C

MAXAMPS 6S HV 1600mah 150C

Frsky Taranis Qx7

TBS Crossfire TX

TBS Diamond Antenna

Fatshark HDO

FuriousFPV True D 3.8

GoPro Hero 6 and GoPro Hero 7 with Polar Pro ND 4/8 filters

Premiere Pro & Adobe After Effects

Peru: Where Ancient Sites Meet Soaring Peaks

The Peruvian Incas, Llamas, and thick dark jungles are enough to conjure up a magical image of Peru. But there is so much more for you to discover in this fascinating and diverse country that’s blessed with culture, attractions, and activities to rival any other South American destination.

A trekker’s paradise, Peru offers distinct environmental regions that provide great trekking options with plenty of trails to choose from. One of the most popular treks is the descent into Canon del Colca near Arequipa. You may also go on multi-day treks into the Peruvian Amazon Basin or go on a high altitude trek into the Andes Mountains from Huaraz. Any visit here will not be complete without a tour of Peru’s share of the Amazon rainforest. Expect to encounter many bird species, jaguars, cougars and of course an abundance of marine life courtesy of the Amazon River.

Machu Picchu

Set within a mystical landscape of high mountains and forests, Machu Picchu is a beautiful lost city once inhabited by an ancient civilization that previously ruled the continent. The first important site you will see when you enter the ruins is the Temple of the Sun, a tower-like wall that displays the magnificent stonework of the Incas. Many of the stones used in the construction of Machu Picchu weigh more than 50 tons.

The visible areas of Machu Picchu account for less than half the construction achievements. It is believed that about 60% of the construction lays underground, providing drainage and foundation for the walls and buildings. The Huayna Picchu Mountain rises above Machu Picchu and offers an adventure opportunity for hikers brave enough to hike up the narrow trails up to its peak.

Nazca Lines

The Nazca Lines are among the most marvelous archaeological features on Peru’s southern coast. The Nazca Lines comprise hundreds of lines, shapes, and figures laid out across Peru’s Nazca Desert. The complex system of lines covers some 350 square miles of arid flats in the southern region of Peru.

About 800 lines make up 300 geometric figures known as geoglyphs, as well as roughly 70 animal and plant depictions known as biomorphs. The biomorphs range from monkeys, lizards, hummingbirds, and human figures, a killer whale and a condor. An excellent way to view the Nazca Lines is by taking a flight over the Nazca Desert which offers stunning aerial views of the geoglyphs.

Lima

Dubbed the “City of Kings,” the Peruvian capital of Lima offers enough things to do to warrant an extended stay. Your first stop in Lima should be the charming historic center. Stop by Plaza de Armas or Plaza Mayor, which rests at the heart of the historic center in Lima. This is the spot at which Lima was founded in 1535. You can admire the colonial fountain which is the centerpiece of the square, as well as some of the most important buildings in Lima which surround this historic plaza.

Plan your visit around noon to watch the changing of the palace guard at Palacio de Gobierno, which is the official home of the president of Peru. Other photo opportunities include Catedral de Lima, the palace of the Archbishop and City Hall, both of which are adorned with ornately carved wooden balconies. Another beautiful religious building worth visiting is the San Francisco Monastery whose interiors offer an oasis of calm in the midst of the city’s hustle and bustle. Its rooms are a showcase of beautifully preserved Baroque architecture, gilded altars and religious artworks.

The Amazon Basin

The Amazon Basin is an empire of water. You could literally spend a lifetime exploring the vast interior of the Amazon Basin, most of which is inaccessible – no human has yet laid eyes on it. In Peru, the Amazon Basin lies to the east of the Andes Mountains. A transition zone stretches from the eastern foothills of the Andean highlands into the vast reaches of the low jungle. This region of highland jungle and cloud forest is referred to as the “eyebrow of the jungle.”Many parks offer guided hikes to specific sections of the rainforest which will give you the opportunity of seeing many unique animals including giant river turtles, pink river dolphins, various monkey species, manatees and if you’re lucky, a jaguar. One good way of experiencing the Amazon Basin is by trekking through its jungle. Many Peruvian wildlife reserves and national parks enable visitors to get up close with the wildlife of the Amazon within their natural habitats. Cruising Rio Amazonas is another excellent way to experience the Amazon Basin.

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Myanmar: The Hidden Gem of Southeast Asia

There has never been a better time to visit Myanmar. With previously off-limit areas opening up to travelers and the traditional ways of Asian life enduring, a trip to Myanmar can feel like stepping into a time machine. The Western ways of life have yet to overwhelm these lands, with locals still dressing, traveling, and eating as they have for centuries, and most importantly, the laid-back pace of life allowing visitors to enjoy the simple pleasures.

From the dominating Shwedagon Paya to the astonishing array of sacred stupas scattered across Bagan, to the gravity-defying Golden Rock at Kyaiktiyo, it is clear that you have entered a country where Buddhism dominates the public consciousness.

Explore nature and culture at Inle Lake, get lost in the country’s most famous city at Mandalay, beware of the Nats at Mount Popa, relax on the beach at Ngapali, discover ‘Bagan-lite’ at Mrauk U, and delve into the caves at Pindaya. Myanmar is a country to be savored and enjoyed, a Starbucks and McDonalds-free land where you can still feel like adventurers stumbling upon a new nation for the first time.

Yangoon

Although no longer the official capital of Myanmar, Yangon remains the country’s largest city and maintains the role of the most commercially significant city in the nation. Formerly known as Rangoon, the city’s infrastructure is considerably underdeveloped in comparison to other major cities in Southeast Asia. However, it boasts the highest number of colonial buildings in the region as well as the ‘winking wonder’ of Shwedagon Paya, a Buddhist temple that dominates the skyline. Yangon can also be considered the most exotic of all Southeast Asian cities – street signs are written in the local alphabet, monks wander the streets in burgundy robes, and the locals seem comfortable walking around barefoot.

The city was known as the ‘garden city of the East’ during the British occupation and maintains some wonderful green areas including the Zoological Gardens which date back to 1906, Mahabandoola Garden which houses the Independence Monument, People’s Park, and the largest lakes in the city, Inya Lake and Kandawgyi Lake. There is also a range of small to medium-sized museums and monuments throughout the city including Martyrs’ Mausoleum, National Museum, Aung San’s House, and Bahadur Shah Zafar Grave.

Bagan

Bagan is seen by many as an equal to Angkor Wat in Cambodia. During the golden age of Buddhism, over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas, and monasteries were built, of which approximately 2,200 remain today. The Ananda Temple is Bagan’s holiest temple, built in 1091 it houses four Buddhas facing the cardinal direction, representing the four Buddhas who have attained Nirvana. Shwesandaw Temple is known as ‘sunset temple’ due to the spectacular views of the Bagan sunset from the top levels. Take a hot-air balloon ride to have a bird’s eye view of these magnificent ancient ruins.

Mandalay

The former capital and second largest city in Myanmar, Mandalay is primarily used as a transport and day trip hub by tourists. The city itself may lack immediate beauty, however, hidden beyond the grid of lackluster concrete buildings lurk a host of beautiful churches, Indian temples, pagodas, and stunning mosques. Known for its cultural diversity, Mandalay and the surrounding areas play host to half of Myanmar’s monks, and there is plenty of cultural curiosity and fascination to be found in the variety of arts performances and craft shops throughout the city.

The main attraction in Mandalay is the Royal Palace, which is a walled city within the city. The palace contains several pavilions and chambers as well as a range of palace memorabilia such as religious paraphernalia, court dresses, furniture, armory, and other items.

Inle Lake

Inle Lake is the largest lake in Myanmar after Indawgyi and is one of the highest with an elevation of 880 meters. The area around the lake is densely inhabited by numerous tribes, residing in stilt-house villages. The area is protected as the Inle Lake Bird Sanctuary with herons, warblers, wild ducks, and egrets among the birds inhabiting the lake and surrounding marshlands.

The lake is best explored by hiring a boat. Along with the pleasing scenery, you can also watch and know about Inle fishermen. If you’re lucky, you may have an opportunity to visit the floating market which runs five days a week in various locations around the lake and a stop at one of the restaurants is also a wonderful experience.

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#QuadGoals: Sekile

This week’s #QuadGoals spotlight features a former Drone Video of the Week winner: Sekile. He’s got a great collection of FPV videos on AirVuz. Check out the quad build he’s flying right now.

“Hi, my name is Kreso. I live in Croatia. I started to fly drones 5 years ago. First I saw Juz70 flying and FPV drone between trees and I liked it. Since then I built hundreds of drones and FPV became a lifestyle.”

 

Drone pilot: Sekile

Video created with this quad: Harmony Drone Lines


My last build:

6 inch Armattan Chameleon

Brotherhobby Deadpool Returner R5 2306 2450kv motors

DYS Aria 35 Escs

Holybro Kakute F4 V2 Flight controller

Atlalt HV 25-600mW 40CH VTX

Runcam Eagle Pro FPV cam

Dalprop Cyclone 5046 props

This setups runs really smooth on lates 3.5 be

#QuadGoals: JU5TbyCHANCE

What’s up everybody, it’s me Jon Wood. You may also recognize me by JU5TBYCHANCE.  I am so unbelievably humbled by this community and opportunities that have presented themselves all through having fun and enjoying the art and freedom of FPV.

Let’s talk about setup!  My go-to setup is a Twin Quad Frames Skilzaw 5.5”, an unbelievably amazing freestyle and mid to long range cruiser.  It’s a super well thought out frame, extremely tough and versatile and has endured countless times of sure abuse.  Twin Quad Frames has supported me for some time now, supporting and encouraging me to push myself and the equipment and I wouldn’t be here without their support.

I have fallen in love with BrainFPV, honored to fly for them rocking their Radix FC and Radix PB.  These are the most amazing, progressive flight controllers offering things no others anywhere on the market can offer but in the end are simple, elegant, and PERFORM greater then anything I’ve flown in my year and a half in the hobby.  The company is customer and community focused, and are a unbelievable team of people and I wouldn’t fly anything else.

Gemfan, Oh Gemfan!!!!! The Flash 5149, and Windancer 5042’s are my go to props, only props that I run on 5” setups.  I also run 6 & 7” Twin Quad Frames with the flash series as well but my primary quads are freestyle skilzaws.  I love the durability both these lines of props have to offer as well as the efficiency and responsiveness that just seems to be a perfect match to my style.  And they are BEAUTIFUL props, sorry I love performance and looks.

Runcam swift mini 2.1mm is my go to FPV camera.  I have tried all that Runcam has to offer and still come back to this trusty camera.  The color works good for my eyes, the clarity is perfect and I have found that I can fly both day and night with this camera without being forced to change settings or quads do to insufficient camera visibility.

As far as motors, I’m all over the place. I recently left the team over at MAD Components motors, just freeing myself up for any opportunities that may be ahead or just the opportunity to fly whatever motor I want for a bit without hesitation.  So I’ve got T-Motors, some MADS left, Airbots, Hyperlites, and a set of AOKfly motors.  2306, 2400 range is my jam though for 4s.  I’m digging the 2207 2200 range for 5s.  I run NoHype lipos from FlyBy Academy.  Great range of batteries, I love the art again on them, they perform and so far have handled some pretty tortious flights.  CNHL minister series are also really good batteries. I have some in my arsenal as well.

TBS Crossfire all the way, every rig, no substitute for me.  Performance is perfect, confidence that it gives you is unparalleled and I wouldn’t trade it for any other system.  Not much other to say about Crossfire, other then truly amazing,  VTX’s I have some mach 2’s, some TBS Unify, and again just an assortment depending on what quad.  I would love to run TBS on everything so working towards that direction.  Lollipop antennas on almost all setups.  just small, fairly priced, tough as nails, and just haven’t let me down yet.

So that about sums up my setups, so all the electronics are the same on almost every rig because I really believe that consistency is key when it comes to improving and progressing.  I like to carry multiple rigs to the field because when one goes down and I’m in the zone I don’t want to grab the backup and have it feel completely different.  So all very very close, all running the BrainFPV BF 3.5.1 firmware, because some awesome filming implementations have been made to the Radix that enhances our capabilities within the goggles for capturing the shots in frame, awesome stuff.  You’ll have to check them out or hit up the FB group and learn all about it.  Love filming, love flying and all of you out there!  Keep ripping and sharing the love of flight.

Drone pilot: JU5TbyCHANCE

Video created with this quad: EVERMORE


The build:

Japan: The Explosion of Eastern Culture with Western Standards

The Japanese archipelago’s geography is one of the world’s most contrasted and varied, shaping the character of its inhabitants, who have had to adjust to a difficult environment. It consists of about 3,500 islands and islets lying in a north-to-east chain, extending over 1,864mi/3,000km.

For Westerners, one of the great pleasures of visiting Japan is the discovery of the unique aesthetic that infuses all aspects of daily life. It touches everything, from gardening to bathing, from gastronomy to the formal Tea Ceremony – a great passion with the Japanese—and from the mundane to the highly intellectual, testimony to a thousand-year-old tradition.

Tokyo and around

Vast, sprawling, overpopulated… there’s no shortage of adjectives to describe the largest metropolis in the world. But there is far more to Tokyo than its size, although the city’s character is not so easy to pin down. It needs redefining every time you set foot in one of its many neighborhoods.

With seven prefectures on only 8.6 percent of Japan’s total surface area, the Kanto region holds a third of the country’s population and is the seat of the central government as well. It is no surprise that it is also the nation’s most economically productive. Kanto has an excellent infrastructure and a large workforce, supported by the best universities in the country.

Perhaps more surprising is that less than an hour’s train ride from this hyper-industrialized area will take you to regions with very different identities. Whether it is Kamakura (Kanagawa prefecture), the charming city of temples and gardens, the glittering lakes of the Izu Peninsula, or Nikko (Tochigi prefecture), or the beauty of which shimmers under a lofty canopy of ancient Japanese cedars – Tokyo has plenty of opportunities to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city

Hokkaido

Hokkaido Island is Japan’s northernmost and largest region. The Ainu people settled here before the Jomon era (10,000-300 BC). Visit in February to see the celebrated Snow Festival and marvel at the talent of the artists who create gigantic ice sculptures in the open air. A “Genghis Khan” dinner of barbecued mutton and vegetables will ward off the deep chill of winter, while a foaming Sapporo beer from the local brewery cheers the soul. Even in the depths of winter, the hot water of Lake Shikotsu never freezes. It was formed in the crater of a volcano 40,000 years ago.

Northern Honshu (Tohoku)

Tohoku is Japan’s largest region after Hokkaido and one of the Ainu people’s original homelands. The view from the rugged coastline over the 260 pine-clad islands in the deep blue of Matsushima Bay is considered one of the country’s most beautiful. From here you can follow the trail to Mount Haguro and relax in a sauna lined with stone. Take a flat-bottomed boat through Gembikel Gorge, explore the ancient Buddhist temple of Chuson-Ji in Hiraizumi and the Samurai district of Kakunodate. Or take the waters in one of the onsens around Yamagata.

Shikoku

Japan’s smallest and least-populated region is Shikoku. Its tranquillity has long been a source of comfort and inspiration, with hundreds of tea houses where feudal lords performed the Tea Ceremony and composed haiku. In the surrounding, the garden of Ritsurin-Koen with twisted black pines have been shaped over five generations to suggest dragons or cranes in flight. You can hike the wild countryside of the lya Valley or watch the 100,000 dancers of the Awa Odori festival. Visit the 19th-century Dogo Onsen bathhouse, formerly frequented by the Imperial Family: choose between the Bath of the Gods or the Bath of the Spirits for your afternoon relaxation.

Kyushu

With its intense volcanic activity, Kyushu, “land of fire,” has been Japan’s main point of contact with other cultures. Learn about Japan’s own fine ceramic tradition in the “ceramic cities” of Imari, Arita, and Okawachiyama. In dynamic Fukuoka, you can see contemporary works of art at the Asian Art Museum, followed by an evening in Nakasu. Dine on the wooden bench of a Street yatai, eating noodles in thick pork broth. When you’re ready for a different pace, explore mist-shrouded Yakushima Island’s rainforest, or try a volcanic-sand treatment in Ibusuki.

Okinawa Archipelago

Some 60 islands stretch in an arc across the East China Sea, each a tropical paradise of its own. On Okinawa-honto, spry old ladies may try to sell you fish and exotic fruits at the covered market. Embark on a boat trip to see humpback whales. Ishigaki Island is a short plane ride away, where you can dive the coral reefs and see manta rays, before heading to a small inn on the beach for dinner overlooking the blue-green sea.

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#QuadGoals: JZFPV

We’re joined for this week’s #QuadGoals by Jamie Alexander, also known by his call sign JZFPV. This XHOVER team pilot shares some details of his favorite quad, which he’s used to produce some pretty unreal footage.
“This is the most solid flying frame I’ve ever flown. It’s an Xhover Stingy Frame with 30mm standoffs to help get the props out of the shot. I’ve been flying it for about a year now and love it. The quality of the carbon is unreal!!!”

Drone pilot: JZFPV

Video created with this quad: Canon Beach | Oregon


My Setup:
-Kwad-
Stingy 5” (30mm Standoffs)
Hobbywing FC (BF3.5)
Hobbywing 40a 4in1
Unify Pro HV (800mw)
-Radio-
Crossfire Micro
-Goggles-
Mad Mushroom
TBS Patch
-Editing-
Final Cut Pro X 10.4
After Effects 2017

Germany: A confluence of Modernity & Medieval

Germany has many different faces. From the beaches of the North Sea and the Baltic to the high, craggy Alps, or the softer contours of the Swabian Jura; from the Black Forest to the rugged Eifel plateau; from the valleys formed by the famous Blue Danube or the powerful, mythic Rhine: this is a country of contrasts. Each period of history has left its mark: impressive Romanesque churches embellish the Rhine River Valley. East of the Elbe River, the Gothic style is marked by the use of red brick; in southern Germany, masters of Baroque created an architectural style unmatched in its lavish decorative fantasy; the famous Bauhaus school strongly influenced 20th-century design.

Germany is an exciting place, where the very old and the very new find common ground. In the lively cities, the national attachment to cultural heritage is immediately obvious in the preservation of old city centers, and the attentive integration of modern architecture. The preservation of nature is also a concern, and visitors reap the benefits of concerted efforts to protect and enrich green spaces. Berlin, a model of modern city planning, is perhaps the most fascinating city in Europe today – where east meets west, everything seems possible!

Berlin and Brandenburg

Sassy, confident and irreverent, Berlin is a sly seductress who tempts you with her explosive creativity, vibrant cultural landscape and a keen sense of history. Keenly aware of its unique past, the country’s capital has shed its dour Cold War demeanor and grown into a confident and modern city with flourishing art, music and fashion scenes. Take the exciting pulse of the city as you explore landmarks old and new – from the Brandenburg Gate and Checkpoint Charlie to the Holocaust Memorial and Potsdamer Platz. Whether you stand in awe of ancient treasures on Museum Island, explore the park and building at Charlottenburg Palace or sample the famed Berlin nightlife, you’ll make memories to last a lifetime.

For a break from urbanity, hop on a train to Brandenburg, a timelessly beautiful rural area shaped by water and accented by the dreamy palaces and parks of Potsdam.

The Baltic Coast and Inland

Germany’s Baltic Coast once reveled in the wealth of its Hanseatic League towns. The impressive red-brick buildings of Lübeck, Wismar, Stralsund, and Greifswald still hark back to those medieval glory days. Fringing the coast is a landscape of often startling beauty: a pastiche of bays, islands, and cliffs accented by beach-fringed seaside resorts whose dazzling white spa architecture has drawn royalty and the rich for over a century.

The town of Neubrandenburg has a surprise in store with its imposing medieval ramparts, miraculously spared by the Second World War. With countless lakes and a wide range of activities, Mecklenburg lake district is of particular appeal to nature-lovers. Moving north towards the coast is Wismar, which provides an excellent introduction to the Baltic Coast with its trove of red-brick buildings. The town’s historic center is classed a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Northwest

Germany’s northwest stretches from the wind-battered beaches of the Frisian Islands to the historic towns of Münster, Goslar and Celle and the fairytale cities of Bremen and Hamelin. Take a day in the slow lane roaming around the Harz Mountains, or opt for an urban jolt in maritime Hamburg, which will charm you with cutting-edge couture, culture, and cuisine.

Germany’s second-largest city, Hamburg is also one of its most beautiful, laced by rivers and canals, characterized by great architecture and endowed with a spirit of openness. Wherever you go, it’s imbued with maritime flair, from its vast container port, which can be toured by boat, to its riverside promenades that invite strolling. Must-sees include the canal-laced Speicherstadt with its elegant red-brick warehouses, and the Hafen City, which is the largest urban construction project in Europe.

The West

This region wraps culturally vibrant suburbs and laid-back countryside into one attractive package. Get a dose of world-class art and architecture in Düsseldorf, Cologne, and Frankfurt. Then make a date with the Romans in Trier and with Charlemagne in Aachen. Whatever you do, do not miss a trip down the Rhine or Moselle rivers to explore a remarkably beautiful mosaic of vine-clad slopes, dreamy half-timbered villages, and medieval hilltop fortresses.

“Why is it so lovely on the Rhine?” asks a popular German song. You’ll quickly find the answer in Cologne. With its famous Gothic cathedral, lively beer halls, lovely river promenades, world-class museums, and superb shopping centers, this is a city that’s easy to love. If possible, visit in February during Carnival, a raucous celebration, when locals don fancy dress and demonstrate their legendary joie de vivre at parties and street parades.

The Southwest

Nowhere does Germany feel more radiantly Old World than in the Black Forest, a rustic landscape of “Hansel-and-Gretel” woods, undulating hills, gushing waterfalls and snow-dusted mountaintops. Along with nearby Lake Constance, it has long been a favorite holiday playground.

The easy-going atmosphere of the old university town of Freiburg is infectious, and its paved alleyways beg to be explored. The town is the southern gateway to the Schwarzwald, a region steeped in legend and endowed with a wide variety of scenery. Add to that its picturesque villages, a passion for cuckoo clocks and the possibilities of hiking in summer and skiing in winter. And it is easy to see why this mountainous region is one of Germany’s most popular tourist destinations.

Passing through towns such as the elegant spa resort of Baden-Baden, which attracts a wealthy clientele all year round, and Karlsruhe, the route takes you up to Bruchsal whose sumptuous 18th-century palace houses a museum devoted to mechanical musical instruments. In Ulm, you can stroll between the canals and Danube, and admire the town’s extraordinary cathedral. The Upper Swabian Plateau is dotted with Baroque churches famous for their dazzling decoration and architecture.

Munich and Southern Bavaria

Few cities in Germany exude the contagious energy that you’ll find bubbling away in the streets and legendary beer halls of Munich. Beer, lederhosen, and Oktoberfest – the Bavarian capital certainly conjures plenty of cliches. But what about BMW, high-tech, and world-class music and fashion? Revel in Munich’s contradictions as you stroll around the vast English Garden, pick up gourmet treats at the Viktualienmarkt and hoist a mug of foamy beer at an atmosphere-charged beer hall. For culture, report to the amazing Pinakothek museums or tour the royal splendor of the Residenz.

Outside of the city, natural and artificial beauty is all around. Crane your neck while marveling at the sky-etching Alps, explore higgledy-piggledy villages where ancient traditions still thrive or visit Ludwig Il’s fantasy castles. This is truly a land of superlatives ready to deliver a lifetime of memories.

Northern Bavaria

Nuremberg is one of the most beautiful medieval cities in Germany. Further south, Eichstätt is distinguished by a harmonious mix of Rococo and contemporary architecture. Romantische Straße (Romantic Road), Germany’s most popular holiday route, links some fantastic medieval cities, including Dinkelsbühland Rothenburg ob der Tauber, before reaching its northern terminus in Würzburg. Here the grandeur of the powerful prince-bishops of the Schönborn family is reflected in the splendid Residenz Palace. Next up is Bamberg with its pretty-as-a-penny historic quarter (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and imposing hilltop cathedral.

Central Germany

Central Germany’s appeal is largely in the region’s contributions to literature, music, the arts, philosophy, and religion. Here you can walk in the footsteps of Luther and Bach, Goethe and Gropius, Herder and Nietzsche, all of whom lived and worked in such towns as Weimar, Erfurt, Dessau-Rosslau, Magdeburg, and Wittenberg. Handel was born here, Liszt lived and taught here, and the region spawned architecture’s Bauhaus movement. Germany’s oldest Gothic cathedral still stands here, holding the remains of the first Holy Roman Emperor.

Naumburg stands among hills cloaked in vineyards and forests. The town is particularly renowned for its cathedral, which is an exceptional blend of Romanesque and Gothic style elements. Offering a pleasant distraction from the “cultural pilgrimage”, the Thuringian Forest and, further north, the Harz mountains take you right to the very heart of nature. Steeped in legend, the latter offers a limitless menu of year-round outdoor pursuits.

The East

Since reunification, the German East has shaken off its Cold War-era brooding and blossomed into a dynamic, prolific and forward-looking region. Endowed with a stunning city skyline, Dresden draws cultural types with its architectural landmarks and exquisite art collections. The mighty Elbe courses right through town, linking it with the fairytale landscape of Saxon Switzerland and the porcelain hub of Meissen. Youthful and progressive

Leipzig has shaped German history since the Middle Ages, most recently as the city that sparked the “peaceful revolution” of 1989, precipitating the fall of the East German regime. Leipzig is a city of artistic interest that can be proud of its exceptional musical heritage. Bach, Wagner, and Mendelssohn all lived here at one time, and the city remains very much in the foreground of the German music scene.

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#QuadGoals: Stephen Peot

This week’s #QuadGoals feature goes to Stephen Peot, a South Dakota FPV pilot and self-described “drone nerd.” Regarding his quad, Stephen said: “It’s a tool I use to get a camera right where I want it and that’s pretty amazing to me.”

Drone pilot: Stephen Peot

Video created with this quad: Isle of rocks


Here’s a look at Stephen’s quad build:

GoPro Hero 5 Black
Team Black Sheep Unify Pro HV with AXII antenna and Crossfire receiver
Martian II with thicker top/bottom blades from the 6″ version
Emax red bottoms and props w/Spedix 30a escs
CL racing F4 FC
Foxeer camera
Fatshark HD2‘s with True-D 3.8 and x2 air antenna
Frsky X9D SE w/ crossfire mini
I’ve been flying the same 6 CNHL/Rotor Riot batteries for almost 8 months now and they’re starting to lose chemistry.

Greece: A Country Soaked in History and Sunshine

 

Greece has always had a charm that has enchanted the world since the ancient times. As the birthplace of Greek mythology, ancient civilization, the Greek philosophy, society and culture, Greece has profoundly shaped our modern civilization. The origins of Greece are buried in legends, and it can be difficult to determine where the myth leaves off and the reality begins. A trip to Greece sea, sun, historical sites, and the often overshadowed mountains.

The Greek word xenoi is one of the first things you must understand when visiting the country. It is a word with a dual meaning, both “stranger” and “guest” simultaneously. A stranger is automatically a guest in their country, their town, their home. Visit a Greek home, and you will experience hospitality that can be overwhelming. Admire a painting on the wall, and you may find yourself taking it away with you as a gift. Walk in the country, and you might be given fruit to eat by a farmer, or beckoned to someone’s house for a drink or a slice of bread and cheese.

Athens

Athens is steeped in history. You will want to visit its Parthenon, of course, but don’t overlook the other ancient sites and museums, many of which have undergone a fabulous makeover. Akro poli means “upper city,” and many Greek towns have an acropolis. Athens has the most famous, capped as it is by the Parthenon.

Plaka is the warren of streets that meander to the north and east at the foot of the Acropolis. The streets are mainly pedestrianized, there are some excellent restaurants, souvenir shops, and the atmosphere is lively, day and night. As you approach the district of Kolonaki from Syntagma, you realize that you are entering a more upscale area of Athens. There is an increasing number of galleries, antique shops, and fashion stores, as well as far more well-dressed young people, frequently posing in sidewalk cafés with their cell phones and ladies with their lapdogs. The hill of Lykavittos can be seen from everywhere in central Athens, and a visit there is a must.

Thessaloniki

To get the city’s vibe best, start your tour with a stroll through the Thermaikos promenade. Start from where Makedonia Palace is and then walk up to Thessaloniki Concert Hall. You will get to see beautiful theme parks, like the Umbrellas of Zoggolopoulos and a breath-taking view of the sea. Watching the sunset in Thermaikos while drinking a cup of coffee to one of the cafes in the area is an experience not to be missed.

The White Tower, erected in the late 15th century, is the most famous monument of Thessaloniki and the emblem of the city. It was part of the modernization of the city’s fortifications, constructed by the Ottoman Empire. You can visit the museum located inside the White Tower and learn more about the city’s history through the digital reconstruction available for visitors.

The Greek Isles

With numerous flights and fast ferries from Pireas, the port for Athens, the option of island-hopping opens up. It’s one of the most liberating experiences, to be on the deck of a ferry reluctantly leaving one paradise but heading for a new destination and adventures unknown.

The largest island, Crete, offers the best of everything in one place: beaches, both busy and quiet, mountains for hiking, attractive harbor towns like Hania and Rethymno, proud people and culture, music and good food, and numerous archaeological sites of which Knossos is the biggest and best known.

The Cyclades are probably the prettiest island group, with two unique gems, Santorini and its black sand beaches and Mikonos known for its nightlife. The ancient Gdadic civilization flourished here, producing dazzling works of art. The Dodecanese offer lots of variety, from busy Rhodes to smaller islands like Tilos and Halki. The southernmost of the island groups, they are gorgeous in spring. Ionia is harder to get around so you may want to focus on Corfu, a scenic island with plenty of variety. Close to Italy, its buildings show influences of the Byzantine, Venetian, French, and British past.

Peloponnese

Peloponnese is a peninsula in southern Greece, connected to the mainland by the Rio-Antirio Bridge. The region is home to several famous ancient cities, including Mycenae, Sparta, Olympia, and Epidaurus. It was here, that the Peloponnesians, with their historic fighting spirit, began the Greek War of Independence in 1821. From Mycenean palaces and classic Greek temples to Byzantine cities and Venetian fortresses, the Peloponnese region offers plenty of historical attractions to admire, inspire and astonish.

Important archaeological sites include Mycenae, home to the famous King Agamemnon, he who initiated the Trojan war, and Epidaurus, an ancient healing village with an impressive amphitheater. Further sites such as the ancient Olympia, where the Olympic games first originated, Kalamata and Nafplio are also must-visits.

The scenery is ever changing as you explore, with a mountainous interior featuring deep scenic valleys and gorges, and a coastline dotted with gorgeous beaches.

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