“Have you seen the elephant?” This phrase was on the lips of all newcomers at Utopiales in Nantes.  It did not refer to the California Gold Rush, or to experiences in the field during the American Civil War, but to the life-size mechanical elephant at Les Machines de l’Ile .  And how could one one resist seeking it out?

Mr. Bear beholds the elephant

Mr. Bear beholds the elephant

And having seen it, one must ride it!

Billet, SVP

Billet, SVP

Behold, the terrible trumpeting!

Steam powered trumpeting

Steam powered trumpeting

And how do you get off a mechanical elephant?

You may now disembark

You may now disembark

Via portable stairs, of course.

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