My previous post in this series is a photo essay on Carcassonne.
In our planning process we discovered photos of the Canal du Midi – so appealing it made our wannasee list. A drive north along the Mediterranean coast from St-André brought us to Beziers and a ticket office.
The Canal was carved out across the breadth of France, from the Atlantic coast to the Mediterranean Sea. Its original worth was as a trade link but today you will find pleasure boats leisurely putzing along.
Work began in 1666 and within 14 years the Canal was winding its way from Bordeaux in the west all the way to Beziers near the Mediterranean coast. Today the Canal flows into the Etang de Thau, one of a string of lakes that stretches along the Languedoc-Roussillon coast, making the total length of the canal 360 kms.
This UNESCO World Heritage site flows through, over, and under 328 structures along its length – there are locks, including a unique ‘womb’ design that allows more space for boats …
However, one day we dream of renting a barge – to float leisurely passed the stately trees, through old villages, past ancient city walls, a glass of the local vin-du-jour close to hand and doing nothing but soaking up the ambiance of southern France.
I leave you with one of my watercolours. To view more of my paintings click here.