Sete we crossed the Etang de Thau and entered the Canal du Midi!
August left early and crossed the Etang de Thau (2 hours) before the
wind got up and entered the Canal du Midi - pretty busy area with boats parked
everywhere, Glenans sailing school, permanent liveaboards, all pretty
squalid etc. Did not look very attractive and I was glad I had not crossed
the previous evening as parking would have been difficult.... THEN IT ALL
pure "wind in the willows" very very beautiful indeed.
A lot of big 40
-45 ft hire boats driven by people 'sans permit' with no experience but with
lots of fendering, rubber strips and speed limiters..... Purchased fuel from
hire base at 20% surcharge straight out of pump - alternative was to hump Jerry
jugs.... Got to Colombiers - a large village port de Plaisance with small
supermarket, 2 restaurants - one on quay side - the Ecluiser and one in the
village. Had an expensive meal and not particularly nice one in l'Eculiesier.
August left fairly early but felt pretty queasy! Spent
morning 'driving' with one hand into locks and baffing into bucket held in other
hand! L'Eculiser had got my stomach and dosh. By midday I could continue
no longer and parked up in charming village of Le Sommaile. Spent rest of day in
bed and loo!!!! I have eaten out all over the world and have a strong stomach
but other than one time in Hong Kong I have never been so food poisoned!
August Better - left and got to St Martin - all still beautiful and absolutely
August Arrived in Carcasson at mid-day - went shopping for food etc then
carried on out of town. Because of lots of local 'unemployed' it did not feel a
very secure place to park. carried on till dark.
word of praise for the architect of the canal du midi.... He constructed this
canal with remarkably few locks in spite of a considerable rise in altitude.
(You can make much better mileage than in the northern / eastern France canals
where the locks are prolific)