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The other waterway
The Canal du Midi is the other major waterway of Toulouse is the Canal du Midi, and unlike the River Garonne, it is man-made. You can go on river cruises here too, but I somehow think that it is better to do that on the Garonne - which is bounded by the old city of Toulouse rather than cookie cutter apartment blocks and office buildings. The Canal was constructed in the 17th century and, together with the Canal du Garonne, it connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Mediterranean. The impressive thing is that, given this is supposed to be a commercial waterway, it neither smells nor reminds the visitor of some sort of sleazy port. In fact, since 1996, it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Cycling along Canal du Midi
This is only a suggested route…..I did this myself, and think it’s worth it…
From the Grand Rond, take Allée des Soupirs and make a right when you reach Boulevard Monplaisir…Voilá…you’re in Canal du Midi…..go as far as you can…..I did like 10 km down….the landscape is awesome…..
By the way, if you don’t have a bike you can rent it behind the Capitole or at the Gare Matabiau.
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Cruising the Canal du Midi
Sycamores grow along the canal side: 45000 to protect the banks from erosion. Roots reach out like veins in old man's hand.
Water for the canal comes from Black Mountains. It is light green in colour. The trees and banks are a deeper green, the sky grey. Long stretches of straightness, like a watery Roman road.
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