We're all familiar with royal family sagas and banking
dynasties, but never before has a single family so dominated
the world of exploration as Auguste, Jacques and Bertrand
Piccard. They have been inventing and exploring for
3 generations. The writer, Jacques Lacarrière,
summed it up: "These three incarnate man's wildest
dreams - metamorphosing into a fish or a bird. But what
is even more amazing is that they have succeeded in
transforming their dreams into reality."
According to the French Association Jules Verne Adventures:
"Only the lunar astronauts can rival the Piccards
in symbolising mankind's 20th century scientific and
human spirit of adventure, as inspired by Jules Verne".
The conquest of the stratosphere and the deepest ocean,
the first flight around the world in a balloon - such
is the stuff of legend, of Captain Nemo and Phileas