|The Cloister gardens at the Cathedral|
|Walt looks over the beautifully landscaped Canal through|
Narbonne - our boat is just below.
|Dragon Gargoyles on the Cathedral|
|Looking up at the flying buttresses|
|A section of the Domitian Way, the original Roman road,|
uncovered in the main Plaza
|Interesting monks line the walls|
Work on the Gothic Cathedral began in 1272 and stopped in 1347 when the townspeople refused to remove city walls to finish the nave. They were right as the Hundred Year war made them later necessary. The Cathedral of Saint-Just is very beautiful but clearly truncated. It is the third highest in Europe.
The Archbishop's Palace is right next door and is a huge impressive complex of buildings some dating to the 13th and 14th centuries.
The harbor silted up and the river relocated finishing it as a port in the 14thC and it now lies miles from the sea. We came down with our boat on the Canal de Robine and tied up right in the center of the city for one free night (with electricity and water). The next day after touring the city, we continued down the canal to the Ile de Sainte-Lucie Nature Reserve. This is the beautiful flat delta marsh area where the Narbonne reaches the sea. The island was once a thriving port but is now deserted. Remains of old machines and habitations molder in the woods and there is a museum which hopefully once saw better days.
|Beautiful Gothic interior of the Cathedral|
We stopped again in Narbonne on our way back up to the Canal de Midi and enjoyed another free night plugged in and more exploration of the city. We saw hardly any tourists here, which was a nice change from Carcassonne.
|Scott seems to be walking right into this lovely mural|
|Windswept trees heading down to the sea|
|As we approached the island only thin banks separated us|
from the inland salt sea, called here an Etang.
|This view from the top of the island shows the canal winding it's way through the Etang - below are the only dwellings still in usable shape. The museum was open and dusty.|