This page sets the scene for our reunion in June 2006 – and is an index page for that trip through the canals and rivers of Southern France.
First – a little history…
Built between 1666 and 1681, by Pierre Paul Riquet, the Canal du Midi was then regarded as one of the wonders of Europe. It had first been conceived by Leonardo da Vinci 150 years earlier, and was undoubtedly the greatest work of engineering in the world at that time. Nothing on such an ambitious scale had been built by man since the fall of the Roman Empire.
Cutting across southern France from the westward-flowing Garonne at Toulouse to the port of Sete, its purpose was to provide an inland route for shipping between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean and thus avoid the long and hazardous sea passage via Gibraltar. One hundred and fifty miles long and climbing by ladders of locks to a height of 600 feet, it was the first summit level canal in the world.
More on The Second Trip – 2006…
01. Canal du Midi – History
02. Getting Together. Again
03. Kent Lanes and Canterbury
04. Ickham UK to Le Mans France
05. Le Mans with Florence
06. Agen and the Canal de Garonne
07. River Baise and a Surprise
08. Farewell – and Heading North
09. Tour de France – Day 1
10. Home to Hannover
11. This Must Be Holland
12. A Final Week in Paris
13. Three More Weeks in Paris
14. And We Head Home