Canal du Midi


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Canal du Midi

(känäl` dü mēdē`), canal, c.150 mi (240 km) long, linking Sète and Toulouse, S France. It was built to carry oceangoing ships between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, but because of its size it now carries only barge traffic.
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enjoying a boating holiday in a Magnificue on the Canal du Midi, France.
Don't miss sailing on the Canal du Midi across the aqueduct over the River Orb, up the Fonserannes seven–lock staircase and through the world's oldest canal tunnel at Malpas.
Capestang hangs to on the side of the picturesque Canal Du Midi where we had a wonderfully relaxing barge trip.
Spring is a glorious time to visit and guests will be spoilt for choice for things to do [ETH] from relaxing on the sun terrace with a good book, enjoying a bbq and lively boules tournament in the grounds, taking a bicycle ride along the Canal du Midi or participating in the big Easter Egg Hunt taking place in the beautiful garden on Easter Sunday.
I remember the leafless branches of the giant sycamores, lining the banks of the Canal du Midi in southern France, dancing to the music of the tramontane - the wind of the mountains, that tasted of the snows of Auvergne and Lozere.
Taking responsibility for a six berth motor cruiser and navigating it unscathed along France''s famous Canal du Midi is no easy task.
The best route into Carcassonne is by employing pedal power along the banks of the Canal du Midi, which stretches 240 kilometres across the south of the country.
It's sliced across by great rivers, the Garonne, the Lot and the Tarn, and by the mighty Canal Du Midi which connects the Atlantic at Bordeaux with the Mediterranean.
With the remarkable 240km-long Canal du Midi, linking the Atlantic to the Med, a water park, theme park, go-kart racing and water sports, it is an impressive area to explore.
As the name suggests, this popular sport and pass-time in southern France is a cross between Henley and Camelot - lance-wielding 'knights' tilting at each other from the prows of open narrow boats charging up and down a small stretch of the Canal du Midi, Originating in the picturesque port of Sete centuries ago, it re mains a cherished cultural tradition in the Languedoc region where fierce rivalries have developed between neighbouring towns like Agde and Meze, Many stage their own tournaments during the summer festival season when holiday-makers join the locals to savour this testosterone-charged duel and one of the more popular is Challenge Navaratte - named after famous jouster Maurice Navarette - which is held in the small town of Vias every year.
Together with my wife and the two friends who were on board we have navigated various French canals, including the Canal du Midi, but mooring up there usually tends to be along the waterways and is easier.