Machines of the Isle of Nantes
Parc des Chantiers, Boulevard Léon Bureau, 44200 Nantes, France
Sat, Sun 2pm - 7pm
Tue - Fri 2pm - 6pm
Les MachinesA steampunk dream come to life, La Machine is an artist project in Nantes. It's housed in old shipyard buildings that, stripped down to their wrought iron bones, have been filled in with wood and leafy green trees. There's a carousel featuring magnificent metal sea creatures, and a gallery, but the highlight of Les Machines is the grand elephant. A few times each day, the elephant emerges for a jaunt around the area, taking up to 50 tourists with him. With fully articulated legs, head, and ears, he's surprisingly lifelike—so watch out or he just may spray you with water from his trunk!