Why Nantes

Why Nantes, the 6th largest city in France you say? How did I arrive at this place to Blog about today.

Watching one of my favourite T.V. shows about a Pawn Shop in Las Vegas, a customer came in with a first ‘American’ printed edition of the classic science fiction novel by French writer Jules Verne, published originally in 1870 called 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

I knew nothing about this novel except that it was famous, probably worth a penny or two if it turned out to be ‘the real deal’. (turns out it was worth $12,000 USD because of the condition it was in, which turned out to be fair)  “Most of the first editions were lost in The Great Boston Fire of 1872. Only about 50 copies are thought to currently exist”.

Pawn_Stars_004 (1)Pawn Stars on the History Channel

After hearing about how Jules Verne was able to write about things that didn’t exist back in the 1870’s such as Submarines, News Casts, Solar Sails, Lunar Modules, Video Conferencing, Sky Writing and Tasers, it really makes you wonder how is this possible?

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So after a little research, turns out Jules was born in Nantes France. Maybe this has something to do with it. Maybe this is a magical place where people can see the future.

Nantes  is a city in France, located on the Loire River,  (WOW) named the most livable city in EuropeNantes was named a hub city for innovation. “It holds the title of European Green Capital for its efforts to reduce air pollution, it’s well-managed public transport system and for its biodiversity with 3,366 hectares of green spaces”.

The first tramway in Nantes opened in 1879 and closed in 1958 due to bombing damage during World War II, while the present tramway was re-introduced to the city in 1985.

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Preserved Nantes Compressed air tramcar at the AMTUIR Museum

The first tramway in Nantes was notable for its use of compressed air propulsion pioneering this technology

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 In the 1980s, Nantes became the first city in Europe to re-introduce the present tramway which is notable as the first modern ‘new generation’ tramway to be built.

So maybe people in Nantes can see the future. I think I must investigate in person, hopefully this will be my future!

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