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Old 05-05-2013
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Can strongly recommend the Canal du Midi. It was built before the Industrial Revolution and follows the contours of the land rather than going straight. Many of the locks have curved sides. Goes through many vineyards and history back to the Romans.
Yes, the Midi is a wonderful canal. Construction of it was first seriously considered in 1516, when King Francis I brought Leonardo da Vinci to France and commissioned him to do a survey of a route. Work finally commenced in 1666 and the canal was officially opened 15 May 1681. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996.

Of the more than 300 bridges that cross the canal, several are well below the standard French clearance of 3.5 metres. The most restrictive is the bridge at Capestang with its 2.4 metres of height at 5 metres width. My previous canal boat was just a tad too high to clear under the bridge, so my 2000 to 2006 cruising was done in other regions of France. Zonder Zorg, with her 1.95 metres air draft will have no problem, and we are heading there. Here's a neat Video of barge passing under the Capestang bridge.
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Yowza that's tight. I think I'd want a lot of tumblehome on my boat.
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