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The Isle of Nantes

Jules Verne, the famous French author, was born in Nantes. And today, in the ware­houses of the for­mer ship­yards of Nantes, artists try to recre­ate a travel-through-time world which bor­row from both Jules Verne’s imag­i­na­tion and Leonardo da Vinci’s pas­sion for mechanic.

The site has two main attrac­tions: the Great Ele­phant and the Marine Worlds Car­rousel. Other crea­tures are being built in the hangars nearby and should add to the mag­i­cal expe­ri­ence in the future.

The Isle of Nantes is also a reminder of the city’s indus­trial past. The yel­low Titan Crane was left by the Chantiers Dubi­geon, an his­toric ship­yard. From the Isle, you can see the Quai de la Fosse, with its his­tor­i­cal crooked build­ings. It is still nick­named “Quay of But­tock” because it was the red light dis­trict when Nantes was an impor­tant port.

You can fol­low our French trip here on Flickr: France (2010).

The Hangars

The Nave

Isle of Nantes

Spot the Elephant

The Nave

Titan Crane

Along the River

Tip of the Isle

The Marine Worlds Carrousel

The Marine Worlds Carrousel

Quai de la Fosse


  1. WOW! Really amaz­ing pics of Nantes. I am check­ing out your pics of France tour on Flickr. Really great1

  2. that is the coolest carousel EVER!
    my kids would love it!

  3. That’s an awe­some look­ing carousel! And the rest of the site looks so awe­some too! It’s just other-worldly!

  4. @Linguist-in-Waiting: hon­estly, I was just about to jump on the car­rousel myself!

    @Rich b: if you go to France, I’d strongly recom­mand my home­town, it’s a cool place to visit.

    @Chunnel Train: thank you, I appre­ci­ate it!

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