|The locks along the canals, with their beautifully cared for lock keepers residences. Many of the lock keepers sell local or home produced items, such as jams, honey and freshly made breads and pastries|
|Peace and serenity on the Canal du Bourgogne|
|Looking along the Canal du Nivernais - note the tow path to the left of the picture. These old tow paths are great walking or biking paths.|
|Boats moored by the banks of the Canal du Nivernais at Villiers sur Yonne|
|The Welcome Committee|
Since then, the canals of France have become old friends - ready to go with the flow, when you really want to spend some time traveling at your own pace - which is hopefully no more than about 5 knots per hour - the max speed of many boats.
|Auxerre on the Yonne River with the Abbey of St. Germain in the background|
|Approaching the village of Trebes on the Canal du Nivernais|
|Cassoulet - a hearty dish which is a rich combination of Confit Canard, local sausage and white beans, is a specialty of the Beziers area|
|Boats in a lock on the Canal du Midi waiting for the water to rise|
|A quiet spot along the canal|
|A boat waits for the water to come down to the lower level - as water is pumped out of the lock|
|The tower of the medieval Chateau Chenonceau with its protective canal in the Loire|
|A lock on the Canal du Nivernais shown with a tow path to the right. This canal runs through a more rural part of the Loire Valley|
The boat company that we rented our boats from, offers bike rental for a small additional fee, and we usually take advantage of this.
|View of the old "Cite" as you walk from the mooring point across the bridge to get to|
........Where the old "Cite" looms over the river, the canal and the City of Carcassonne which is clearly visible and gives you a very impressive welcome, as do all the town's ducks who swim out to meet the boats, as they slowly travel down the canal to moor up near the bridge.
|The 11th Century Cite is a major attraction in this area|
|The Canal du Midi is lined with shady Plane trees in many places|
|In Beziers, the Cathedral of St. Nazaire overlooks the old bridge|
|The gothic style Cathedral of St. Nazaire in the city of Beziers on the Canal du Midi|
.......and Narbonne (once the Roman Capital City of the area), as it makes it's way from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea.
|The Canal du Midi as it flows through the center of Narbonne|
|The Capestang Bridge on the Canal du Midi|
|One of the Embarkation points on the Canal du Midi - Castlenaudary|
|At the end of another boating day as the sun sets gently on the Canal du Midi on a warm evening is early September|
A Votre Sante!
|Here's to another great trip on the Canals in France|