Adventures and misadventures in France.

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Nantes-ing around

Way back in August, we took a trip into Nantes to check out the Machines de l’Ile, a mechanical art exhibition inspired by plants and animals. This also gave us the opportunity to view more Nantes street art.

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Machines de l’Ile

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The Machines de l’Ile is a mechanical art exposition based in Nantes. Their whimsical attractions are mostly plant and animal machines inspired by the works of Leonardo DaVinci and Jules Verne.

The Elephant

The Carousel of Marine Worlds

The Heron Tree

Set to open in 2019, the Arbre aux Herons is still in the conceptual phase, but it’s going to be a towering feat of engineering and design measuring 50 meters across and 45 meters high. The structure will be an immense tree-shaped garden, include moving animal machines large enough to carry people throughout the branches, a bar, and swinging herons circling above. The creators have many of their preliminary designs on display including scale models of the tree, prototypes of the animals, a greenhouse testing the durability of various plants, and a single 3-story “branch” walkway.

All Around the Capital Part Deux

My second day in DC was equally action-packed. In the morning, I headed over to the National Gallery, which is comprised of two enormous buildings. The first is mostly European and American art from the 1300s to the 1800s.

There was plenty of cool Flemish portraiture:

And even this famous ballerina sculpture by Dumas:

IMG_3892Next I headed next door to the contemporary building, where I saw some exhibitions, including Matisse and mobiles by Alexander Calder:

Lee and I had lunch at an excellent sandwich shop, and then it was back to the city center for the Native American History Museum. The building was constructed with an adobe-inspired design, and features many exhibits designed by members of different Native American tribes describing the diverse history, culture, art, and modern culture.

In the evening, it was back to Bethesda, MD for an evening of Dickinson reminiscing and pool-noodle duels.

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