In France, Steampunk Park of Jules Verne’s Dreams

In France, Steampunk Park of Jules Verne’s Dreams

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With its combined art installation and amusement park, Nantes has brought the bizarre world of science fiction writer Jules Verne to life, complete with 12m-tall mechanical elephant.

When you think of the French region of Brittany, many images may spring to mind: windswept beaches, medieval towns, plates of soft pink langoustines. A giant walking mechanical elephant, however, is probably not one of them. But this is exactly what visitors encounter at the Île de Nantes, a 337-hectare island in the centre of the city of Nantes, on Brittany’s western edge.


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