Fotopedia, National Geographic release Above France

Faith Merino · July 12, 2011 · Short URL:

The new app features 2,000 aerial shots of famous French landmarks and landscapes

Following on the heels of its recently released North Korea app, Fotopedia announced Tuesday that it has teamed up with National Geographic Traveler Magazine to release “Above France,” an app that takes a unique angle on professional photographs of France—specifically, an aerial one.

Like Fotopedia’s other apps, "Above France" will feature thousands of high-quality, mesmerizing photographs (of France), but unlike the other apps, it will feature all of those photographs from a bird’s-eye view to produce stunning landscape images.  The photos were shot by helicopter pilot and professional photographer Frank Mulliez as he flew over famous French landmarks and landscapes, including Chateau de Val and the breathtaking mountain range Aiguille du Midi.  Many of the locales are remote and virtually inaccessible.

The app includes more than 2,000 aerial photos, which will shuffle when you shake your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.  Additionally, the app features navigation tools with smart tags, search, and interactive maps, as well as Trip Builder, which lets users create personalized virtual tours or map out real trips.

"This is France from the air. It’s all here‚ from Mont Blanc to the historic abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel, the castles of the Loire Valley and the rooftops of Paris. This is France like you haven’t seen it — for you to discover without leaving the ground,” said Keith Bellows, editor-in-chief of National Geographic Traveler, in a statement.

“Above France” marks the second time that Fotopedia has teamed up with National Geographic Traveler Magazine.  The two previously worked together to produce “Dreams of Burma” last month.

This is also the second time that Fotopedia has released an app specifically for photographs of France.  Back in April, Fotopedia released the free app “Paris,” which features 4,000 images of Paris, covering everything from art, castles, architecture, and historic buildings, to cafés, shopping, and street life.  Other apps include “Heritage,” which is one of only 50 apps inducted into the App Hall of Fame, “Memory of Colors,” “North Korea,” and “National Parks.”  While “Paris,” “North Korea,” “Heritage,” and “Dreams of Burma” are all free, the new “Above France,” as well as “Memory of Colors” and “National Parks” are $2.99 each.

To date, the company’s apps have seen 3.9 million downloads. 


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