Les machines

You probably didn’t know that there is an elephant that roams the streets of Nantes.  I made the trip to see him, across the Pont Anne de Bretagne to a warehouse on l’Ile de Nantes, a couple of times with friends.  We timed our visits to see le grand éléphant stomp around for an hour or so.  He is completely mechanized – his ears flap, his head turns from side-to-side, his knees bend, and on particularly warm days, his trunk will raise and spray you with water. Les machines de l’île must be the oddest attraction in Nantes, but it is certainly the favorite of the Nantais.  C’est incontournable, and is worth a visit as you pass through Nantes.  Pachiderm pride!


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