Jackie Parry – author

Sunken boats (not ours!)

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Fanfare if you please, we’ve made it to the Canal du Midi.

Entering the Canal du Midi

Entering the Canal du Midi

Lake Etang de Thau was welcoming in its expanse. It was nice to see a long watery horizon. We had perfect conditions, the sun bounced off the silken water and reflected the cloudless blue sky.

About to enter the lake.

About to enter the lake, prior to reaching the Midi

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Lake Etang de Thau. It is illegal to traverse this lake in winds in above Beaufort scale 3, (7 to 10 knots).

The Midi has presented its own challenges, round locks, shallow depths, narrow stretches and low bridges. It’s had our adrenaline up at times, it’s tested our boat handling skills and we’ve loved every minute.

Squeezing under bridges, there are lower ones to come!

Squeezing under bridges, there are lower ones to come!

Rouge Corsair's fine bow, slicing through the water.

Rouge Corsair’s fine bow, slicing through the water.

Many plane trees are still left, but more are sadly marked for cutting down. But there’s hope that the beauty will be restored with new trees lining parts of the canal.

The beautiful trees are still in abundance... our first mooring in the Midi - just heavenly.

The beautiful trees are still in abundance… our first mooring in the Midi – just heavenly.

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Frontignan - our last stop before crossing the Lake.

Frontignan – our last stop before crossing the Lake.

The startling array of sunken boats as we entered the Midi was quite astonishing. These few, in the pictures, were in a stretch of half a kilometre, and I didn’t photograph them all… so sad to see…

A useful sunken boat!

A useful sunken boat!

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Author: jackieandnoel

Author and Traveller

4 thoughts on “Sunken boats (not ours!)

  1. Is Rouge Corsair *slicing through the water* the equivalent of a yacht *with a bone in her teeth*?
    LOVELY!!
    Our dog used to hang over the bow watching the bow wave and all the while my heart was in my mouth!!!!!

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  2. It all looks lovely and blue. Shame about the sunken boats, why do people just leave them to get in such a state 😦

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    • It is sad Fran….. anyhow the blue is now pea green. The river has flood water and debri and it is very green…. there are still lots of gorgeous plane trees here and their autumn colours are stunning – more pics soon.

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