Wednesday 25 July 2012

Jardin du Vent - Vendee

Wednesday 25th July 2012 
This morning we took a short drive to visit Jardin du Vent at Notre Dame De Monts. Wasn't sure what to expect of the wind gardens but it was a little gem with lots of interactive bits, set around an original windmill.

The idea is to allow visitors to understand the subtleties the wind has to offer, with the purpose being to heighten the relationship between man and the environment.  We certainly learnt a thing or two!

Below are just a few of the things you can do.  Entry is €4 for adults, €2.20 for 6-18 years, and free under 6.  It's a very pleasant way to spend an hour or so!

I can hear Jasper mummy!
 You can whisper your secrets in the Mirror of sounds.  These structures are set in line, some way from each other, but the kids could whisper into it and the other could hear.

The science behind it is that sound travels in a straight line, but when its hits a smooth and not absorbent surface, it is reflected!   The parabolic antennas are designed to direct the sound waves on a precise point :)  Great fun!

The central Windmill

Learning to control the wind
The steam on the left appears every two minutes, following the movements of the wind.
On the right you have to sit one on each seat, move your sail with the wind, to let it carry you.  the kids didn't get it but enjoyed whizzing round, then Chris and I couldn't wait to have a go!

Back in the centre and there is a well stocked shop full of interesting toys and posters, and also a library with a cute little playing area!

Afterwards we headed to Narmoutier for the afternoon.

Time well spent!
Annie x

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