Saturday, July 14, 2012
Bastille Day - 14 July
As observed before, in France it is simply known as le quatorze juillet, although it effectively marks the storming of the Bastille in 1789.
As an appropriate photo, here is a form of transport which is unique and in France - a mechanical elephant! This was completed in the city of Nantes a few weeks ago and took 70,000 hours of work over 2 and a half years at a cost of 2.5 million Euros. It is 11.4 metres high, 21.6 metres long and 8.2 metres wide and weighs 48.4 tonnes. It uses 38 hydraulic cylinders, 6 pneumatic cylinders and 10 gas cylinders. It can carry 49 passengers, probably at about the speed of a real elephant.
For a more conventional transport scene in the same city, here is a view of the tram system, see earlier posts. (Geoff Churchman pics)
at 3:51 AM