Like every child, Master told me he used to love elephants and he would love to ride one someday. But the cruel fact that elephants were abused in order to satisfy tourists’ demand really shrugged him off. Then, he found a better alternative: Les Machine de L’ile.

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Located on a former shipyard of Nantes – an industrial city in western France, Les Machine de L’ile is an extraordinary artistic project of Fraçois Delarozière and Pierre Orefice. It is a collection of machines that imitate plants, insects and animals. In this uncommon gallery, you can see a heron with an 8-meter long wingspan soaring gracefully in the air, a fearful spider walking around with its gigantic legs, and a giant caterpillar which moving swiftly along a tree trunk. The gallery is like a performance area where each individual machine puts on a mini-show, and you might have the chance to ride one of them.

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The Heron

Obviously, the pièce de résistance of the whole project is the Grand Éléphant –  a 12-meter high elephant made of 48 tonnes of steel and wood that can move (very slowly) and sprayed water from its trunk. Being on the back of this majestic creature is like being on the 4th floor of a travelling house. It is way cooler than riding a real elephant, and you don’t have to endure the smell of the animal.

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Grand Éléphant

Aside from Les Machine de L’ile, there are two more destinations in Nantes that are worth exploring. Although Nantes today is the capital city of Pay de la Loire region, its culture and history still belong to Britanny. This is clearly reflected in the fortress at the heart of the city, Château des Ducs de Bretagne (The Castle of the Duke of Brittany) with its 500 meters of curtain walls, punctuated by seven towers and a flamboyant courtyard.

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Château des Ducs de Bretagne
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Château des Ducs de Bretagne

Another noteworthy destination is the Passage Pommeraye, a small shopping mall that named after its developer, Louis Pommeraye. Completed in 1843, the mall is a historic monument with very elaborate design and includes Renaissance style sculptures.

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Passage Pommeraye

Despite being labelled as “nothing special”, Nantes is unique in our own eyes. We met very nice people, tried super tasty crêpe (so good that we ate them all before we could make any photo) and satisfied our dream of elephant riding without feeling guilty.

Practical Information

  • Nantes is well connected to Paris (2 hours) and Bordeaux (4 hours) by trains.
  • How to reach Les Machine de L’ile: Tram 1. Station: Chantiers Navals. Ticket for the elephant ride or the gallery: 8.5€.
  • Another part of Les Machine de L’ile is the Le Carrousel des Mondes Marines – a 25m-high and 22m-wide funfair carousel where you can ride creatures from the depth of the sea. You need an extra ticket for that (8.5€), and each additional ride costs 3€.
  • A good address to try Brittany crêpe is Crêperie Heb-Ken. They serve dozens of varieties of delicious crêpe.

Những cỗ máy vùng Nantes – Les Machine de L’ile

Những cỗ máy vùng Nantes (Les Machine de L’ile) là một dự án nghệ thuật độc đáo của Fraçois Delarozière của Pierre Orefice, được dựng tại thành phố Nantes miền Tây nước Pháp. Nằm trên một bến tàu cũ, Les Machine de L’ile là một bộ sưu tập những sinh vật máy, như nhện, sếu, kiến và các loại cây. Những cỗ máy này thường có kích thước khổng lồ và có thể di chuyển và hoạt động được. Dự án dường như là một sự kết hợp giữa tiểu thuyết nổi tiếng “80 ngày vòng quanh thế giới” của Jules Verne và những cỗ máy của Leonardo da Vinci.

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The Heron

Sinh vật đặc sắc nhất của dự án là Grand Éléphant – một con voi khổng lồ cao 12m, nặng 48 tấn và được làm hoàn toàn từ thép và gỗ. Nó di chuyển khá chậm và có thể phun nước từ vòi. Ngồi trên con voi này như ngồi trên một tòa nhà 4 tầng biết đi, và bạn có thể ngắm nhìn khu cảng cũ từ đây.

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Grand Éléphant

Ngoài dự án Les Machine de L’ile, bạn có thể ghé thăm lâu đài của bá tước vùng Brittany (Château des Ducs de Bretagne) ở trung tâm thành phố hoặc Passage Pommeraye, một khu mua sắm tuyệt đẹp được trang trí theo phong cách thời Phục Hưng.

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Château des Ducs de Bretagne
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Château des Ducs de Bretagne
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Passage Pommeraye

 

9 comments

  1. I recently made a very good friend from Nantes, so I will stop by the city soon I guess.
    When I was living in Paris never went to Nantes because it is labelled as “nothing special”, as you said, but all this information you shared is very interesting. Thanks!

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  2. Nice! We drove only the Carnac and then past Nantes towards Angers. Good to see what Nantes has to offer! If we are every back in a road trip in France we want to cover Brittany more in detail!

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    1. How is Carnac and its stones? We intended to go there as well. But due to bad weather we had to shorten our trip. I have heard from my taxi driver that St. Malo is a nice destination as well but have never confirmed that 🙂

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      1. To be honest you might be a little disappointed. Perhaps we were at the wrong place…but the stones themselves are not large and tall. Though if you view them from a distance you will see the lines and patterns. Still its worth a stop, just that we’d recommend you combine that with a stop somewhere else too.

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