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21 thoughts on “Nantes: Encounter with the Grand Elephant”

  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!

  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!

    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 🙂

      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.

    1. Thanks a lot! 🙂 I think those mechanical creatures can really surprise anyone regardless age. It is very detailed and I did not think they can move so swiftly 🙂

  3. That is so cool. I love reading about unusual art projects. It’s always nice discovering special things about places labeled “nothing special”. In fact, sometimes I make a point of specifically going to these places, and more often than not, end up having great experiences.

    1. Indeed. I think “special” or “no special” depends on perception 🙂 For me, the mechanical animals are extraordinary. But for people who wants Instagrammable photos. Nantes would be boring as hell because there is no Instagrammable corner.

  4. Les Machine de L’ile does look like an extraordinary project and fromr your stunning images, these machine-animal forms look life-sized. Wonderful visitors get the chance to ride them, though I am guessing there is a fee for that. It is interesting how many of us think it’s okay to ride real-life elephants – when in reality they aren’t built for handling such weight in the long term. I have to say the Grand Éléphant looks like an elephant out of this world 🙂

    I’ve never been to Nantes but have always heard it was a peaceful city and wouldn’t mind visiting. When you speak of France, Paris and the Eiffel Tower usually comes to mind first – and I guess because Nantes doesn’t has that it seems second best. From your experience, it sounds like a place with good sights and appetising sweet treats 🙂

    1. Thank you for your comment, Mabel 😀 You don’t have to pay to ride the creatures in the gallery. The Elephant is the only exception. Personally, I think Nantes is a great stopover when visiting the north western coast of France. But as you already mentioned, it has never been high on the list of must-see destinations.

      1. Nantes might not be that popular as Paris. But that means less crowds, and more of the place to roam in peace. Maybe you will visit again, Len 😀

      2. Haha probably because of the crepes 😛 The people in Nantes are also very kind. An old lady even walked me to my destination because she think I might get lost 🙂 You don’t get that much support in Paris.

    1. She would definitely love those machines! I guess you will need a whole day haha. And yes I did ride the elephant. Who can resist such a giant toy? 😛

  5. Oh I want to go to this place! I’d heard of the elephant a long time ago and forgotten about it. Thanks for the reminder. It now goes on the list! Gorgeous photos as usual Len.

    1. My pleasure 🙂 At first, I thought the gallery could be a tourist trap, like all the dinosaur parks. But it turns out really great and informative.

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