Since 2007, the Machines de l’Ile de Nantes and the great elephant are one of the major tourist attractions in Nantes.
The 12 meters high mechanical elephant is made from 45 tons of wood and steel. Several times a day, it takes passengers for a walk around the Isle of Nantes, located in the middle of the Loire River. Riding it is quite expensive but it’s free to just see it move around, wink, trumpet, and spray nearby photographers with water (oh well, it was a hot day).
You can follow our French trip here on Flickr: France (2010).