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).