Posted by: travelrat | February 8, 2010

Canal du Midi

Pexioria 7th November 2009

The Languedoc area is situated on a neck of land between France and Spain. It’s only a relatively short distance from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean compared with the distance it would take for a ship to sail between the two seas through the Straits of Gibraltar. That used to be a voyage of about a month, entering the territory of the notorious Barbary pirates.

The short-cut was made possible by the cutting of the Canal du Midi and the Canal de Garonne, which formed the Canal des Deux Mers (Canal of the Two Seas) which opened in 1681.

The Canal du Midi passes close to where we were staying near Pexioria, and the Gastro Academy had a very civilised habit of allowing free time after lunch … just enough for a quick trot down to the canal to take some pictures.

With hindsight, I could have borrowed a bicycle. Other participants who had done so the previous day told me they managed a considerable length of the canal in the limited time allowed.


Responses

  1. I love that photo. It is often how I imagine France in my mind – the stone walls, the canals, the trees, the house near the canal. Very picturesque.


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