|Scott jogs ahead to the next lock to handle our lines.|
|The path along the canal is perfect for|
walking or biking. You can see it's Fall!
|We met few boats coming the other way - it's easier going|
|This view is from the second lock below|
looking up at our boat
|Heading into the lock basin is a tight fit|
|Good view of our boat! The lock is being|
emptied of water and we're headed down
|not all sights on the Canal are sublime..|
Our boat was from Le Boat, one of many large companies with boats all over Europe. It was fairly new, a Royal Classique, with comfortable quarters for 3 couples. Our first choice boat had three identical cabins but it burned down and they upgraded us one notch. Unfortunately it had one large stateroom and two small ones. All three had baths, although one was bigger. Scott and I were lucky to get the former and took everyone out to dinner to atone somewhat. Thank you guys for letting us have it! We had a pretty comfortable salon with a table for six inside and a big deck outside with another table. The galley was well equipped with a 3 burner stove and small oven. We rented 4 bikes (pretty basic), a BBQ and a lantern for rather steep extra charges.
We cooked all our meals aboard, but one dinner and a few lunches. Shopping in France for food was such a treat. Pretty much every morning someone went out for fresh croissants and rolls. Each couple was responsible for one day, shopping and cooking. We are all very good cooks and with the wonderful French ingredients the meals were amazing. A few examples: Bouillabaisse, Beef Bourginon, Roast Chicken, Grilled T bone steaks, sausages and Pork Chops, Artichokes, Spaghetti Bolognese and Primavera. That's just a few and doesn't include the wines, starters, vegetable dishes, salads and desserts. Needless to say I've gained more than a few pounds.
|Some are to your taste, or not.|
|Some are funny.|
|And some ARE sublime...|
|Sunset on the canal|
|and sunrise. We spent the nights alone, tied up to the banks.|
|Entering the Malpas tunnel|
|This bridge in Narbonne almost looks like a tunnel!|
|Going over one of the many viaducts on the route|