We’ve made all the jokes we could possibly make about the giant penis.

Now, we had to go see it at the Jardin des plantes. Nantes’ botanical garden is becoming one of Mark’s favourite hangout places because it has a big playground where he can throw sand with other toddlers being parented the French way (i.e. parents are smoking on the benches around the play area and kids roam around freely).

The entire botanical garden was buzzing with excitement—the rare event made headlines around the world and giant botanical penises are apparently popular. Maybe French women don’t get to see these too often…?

There was a huge lineup in front of the greenhouse and the French suck at queuing—they don’t obey the rules, they skip lines, call twenty of their friends to join in right before being let in, push, etc.

Fortunately, this one was well managed. Groups of 12 people were let in for three or four minutes at the time, and the line was moving fairly fast. All in all, we only waited for about twenty minutes or so.

The plant was supposed to produce a “rotten meat” smell but I didn’t find it noticeable. Up close, it almost looked fake but it was certainly impressive.

I’m still glad I saw it as it is a rare event. The plant blooms every ten years and there are only two of the kind in France!

Titan's Arum
Titan’s Arum
Silly Ads Promoting the Event
Silly Ads Promoting the Event
Titan's Penis
Titan’s Penis
Titan's Penis
Titan’s Penis

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9 Comments

  1. Cynthia July 2, 2014 at 7:37 am

    I’d expect something this rare and exotic to be somewhat prettier!

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    1. Zhu July 2, 2014 at 12:42 pm

      I know!!

      Reply
  2. Holly Nelson July 2, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Wow….kinda impressive and now I can see why it earned its name! I love you took the trip to go see it!

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    1. Zhu July 2, 2014 at 12:43 pm

      It was an easy trip, the Jardin des plantes is nearby.

      Reply
  3. Mel July 2, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Hahaha “Maybe French women don’t get to see these too often.” It is rather impressive. Love the ads. Hope you’re having a good time!

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    1. Zhu July 2, 2014 at 12:43 pm

      The weirdest part is that the ads are from the Mairie de Nantes… can you imagine the same marketing team effort in Canada???

      Reply
  4. Christiane July 19, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Whoa that’s a big flower !! I definitely understand why they called it the giant penis !

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    1. Zhu July 20, 2014 at 4:12 pm

      The nickname is so… French!

      Reply
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