The Canal Du Midi trip has been a firm favourite with our women for over a decade. You have to experience this iconic trip to fully appreciate how relaxing it actually is. At the same time it can be an active holiday too – its stimulating and satisfying to work as a group to navigate the boat through the many ancient locks along the way.
The rolling countryside and canal side vineyards are punctuated with medieval towns and villages. Yvonne has skippered the canal trip many times and has become somewhat of an expert at getting our big barge through the small locks. Her archaeological experince also comes in handy in this area steeped in history – there are Cathar castles, ancient cathedrals, medieval villages and so much more to explore along the canal.
This is France, so of course the pain au chocolat, baguettes and croisants that we buy fresh each morning from the local boulangeries are fabulous. Most evenings will find us dining at the quaint canal side restaurants with a glass of local Minervois or Corbieres wine. The food and wine is all authentic and surprisingly cheap. Many of the villages we visit have produce markets so we are able to have picnic lunches with the locally made cheeses, tomatoes and other products brought to the markets from the farms. Some of th enterprising lock keepers also sell their own fruit, veg, honey and jams.
France is a diverse country, one that it’s easy to fall in love with. This area tucked away along the Spanish border is still very authentic and unspoilt. The bike and barge is a serene way to travel away from the hub hub of everyday life. Come join us sometime.