Locking Through the Canal du Midi
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I am delighted to share with greatriver.com readers our experience of cruising the 300-year old Canal du Midi, between Toulouse, France and the medieval walled city of Carcasonne. The photos below are thumbnails. Click on each for a larger version of the photo.
Enjoy!! ~ Pat
1) Our 100-year old Dutch Clipper, the ROSA was our First Class hotel on the beautiful and historic Canal du Midi, Toulouse, France to Carcasonne! Although the ROSA could sleep eight passengers comfortably in 4 staterooms, our cruise included 6 passengers and 3 crew.
3) "Locking Through" occurred constantly during the day. On one day, we went through 18 locks, including a Quadruple! The locks on the Canal du Midi are egg-shaped for strength--using a design created by Leonardo da Vinci. Houseboaters were kept busy hauling on ropes and hand-winding the sluices and gates. We watched with great interest as Bernard and Michel did all the manual labor :-)
6) We met Stefan walking beside the Canal on his way to Compestello in Spain. We had learned that pilgrims wore either a Scallop shell (Spain), Palm frond (Jerusulem), or Key (Rome) on their mantles. When you meet a pilgrim, offer him food and shelter.
Olive market in Toulouse near Saint-Serrin Cathedral.
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