7 Steampunk-ish Things In France


It's hard for me to turn the steampunk hunting instincts off, Gentle Reader. I'm like a truffle pig in this particular matter. Snuffle snuffle snort . . . steampunk!

1Balloon St. Malo 1BalloonCarroseell copy

I thought there would be a more propitiatory connection to early flight, all my research suggests the French were once particularly enamored of floating about full of hot air, as it were. But I did see some fun items.

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Some amazing clocks inside cathedrals, outside churches, and in museums.

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The local market in Colmar had a clock repair station, rather charming.
4Crossbowl copy

Perhaps the crossbow isn't quite steampunk, but there is something deliciously mechanical about this particular weapon.

5JulesVerneOld copy

Jules Verne, godfather of us all. We found ourselves in this fab old bookstore and whittled away many hours looking at the pretties. The fanciest older books were all either religious or Jules Verne. I don't quite know what that says about the French but I found it intriguing.

6TinyTrain St Malo

Not on tracks, mind you, which means they aren’t really trains but they are cute. This one was in St. Malo. The AB and I rode on one in Colmar. Very silly.

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These are Renaissance or earlier objects, so more clockpunk than steampunk, but I was still drawn to them at the museum in Colmar. They just all look like they do such interesting things. Even if that thing is just to sit and look intriguingly useful.

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Etiquette & Espionage ~ trade paperback available in the US October 13, 2013.
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