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Canal du Midi, Occitanie

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Canal du Midi is part of a network of canals that joins the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea. The canal is a major engineering feat: It features the first canal passage through a tunnel, as well as the first artificial reservoir created for feeding a canal waterway. At 240 km (150 mi) long, the canal is a collection of 91 locks, which allow vessels to ascend and descend a total of 190 m (620 ft). The canal network includes 328 structures, such as dams, bridges, and the tunnel. Soon after its construction in the 17th century, drainage ditches and more 40 aqueducts were added to manage flooding problems. Row, canoe, fish, or cruise on luxury barges. You also can walk or bike along the canal and enjoy the 40,000 trees that were planted to stabilize the banks. For Canal du Midi and beyond, use our Pradelles-Cabardes vacation planner to get the most from your Pradelles-Cabardes vacation.
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  • Linking the Atlantic to the Mediterranean by a channel? The Romans thought, then Charlemagne, François Ier, Henri IV. The advantage? Avoid the detour passage to Gibraltar and his pirates, a longer route for the transport of goods. A crazy project, a site of Titans, realized it is i. Pierre - Paul Riquet, under the reign of Louis XIV. A masterpiece of engineering and aesthetics bequeathed to posterity and to the Languedoc. Why Paul Riquet succeeds where others have failed? Because he found a solution to the main issue: the permanent supply of the water channel. He found her in the streams of the Black Mountain, between Carcassonne and Castelnaudary. He stocka this water in a dam at Saint Ferréol, and led him through a gully at the point of the watershed, the Naurouze threshold: this is where the waters flow naturally from one side to the East (the Mediterranean); the other to the West (Atlantic).
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  • Run the Canalous! Departure of lofts. The friendly team. The boat, a disaster. A smell of dreadful diesel in the room (headache, impossible to sleep) so that we had to cut our trip. A thin, insufficient coverage for the night. The heating not coming out for the bathroom, does any heat the boat. On a berth water leak when it rains. The toilet hand-pump, and Yes this still exists, and a shower for a 5 year old (ridiculous size and which is actually in front of the sink and the toilet). Only positives: beautiful channel and quiet. Luckily, we had chosen a course with few locks as the explanations given at the outset had been brief and is not that obvious. A remake but with a boat worthy of the name!
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  • Of the four ports of call in the middle of Carcassonne tour bonus because I didn't but the floodgates, to adjust the difference between the high and low it's just great I'm understand. At the Strasbourg took much time at one gate, but here it takes two hours to adjust the difference between the high and low all. Didn't understand just as the floodgates will scale as a world heritage site.
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