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Grand éléphant

I ressurected this article as the holidays are upon us and if you are heading to Loire River in the Upper Brittany region this is a must. Kids and adults will absolutely love the Galerie of the Machines de l'Ile and especially the Grand éléphant, known to it's creators as “Michelle!”. The Grand éléphant weighs in at
50 tons and can take (very slowly) 30 people on a voyage of.....well fantasy as you ride in oron an elephant made by craftsmen and women using an incredible mix of traditional crafts such as carpentry and modern techniques of hydraulics and electronics.

What is abundantly clear The Grand éléphant and all the other machines de I'ile have been created by a company of people that are passionate, it shines out, all the wood is polished to a beautiful sheen, the metalwork gleams and all the little touches, like the elephants trumpet which works by means of a cycle inner tube rather than a digital recording. They are artisans that have found a home for their imagination as did Jules Verne who was born in Nantes and who, after being thrown out of the navy vowed to “travel only in his imagination”

If you are travelling to Nantes with your caravan or motorhome there is a 5star campsite in Nantes. Nantes Camping 8.5 hectares of fresh, contemporary accommodation in the great outdoors - yet just a few minutes from the city-centre of Nantes

Cover photo Machines de l'Ile the Grand éléphant

The attention to detail is great and they obviously give her a lot of care and attention

Imagine the kids are there! Actually it's pretty good for the adults as well

Main cover photo Grand éléphant 

If you are interested in reading a bit more I have a flip book of this and other areas of interest in Nantes which you can find here

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