Along the Canals du Midi and du Garonne

I feel like I’ve been gushing with too much praise of our routes on this journey but I can’t help it. There really has been very little about which to complain and a lot that deserved glowing reports. Mostly we’ve taken it pretty easy and that pace continued along the Canal du Midi and the Canal du Garonne. This route is not really for the adventure seeker. It is, however, quintessential France with plane trees paralleling the canal, often closing in overhead to form a complete tunnel that shades the route. The Canal du Midi is a marvel of 17th century engineering that has grown in to feel much like a natural meandering river. The old tow path alongside is a bit rough in places but as long as there is no hurry, this becomes part of its charm. West of Toulouse, on the Canal du Garonne, the surface is paved. Campgrounds and hotels are plentiful and there is no question that, when you stop for a picnic lunch, passersby will shout, “Bon appetit Monsieur/Dame.” The whole experience oozes with charm.