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Old 08-09-2018, 05:52 AM   #61
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Just before the last lock we stopped at a canal side restaurant called Ecluse 52, as you know by now an Ecluse is a lock, number 52 is the 52nd lock.

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This restaurant specializes in destroying diets !
Seriously this is the standard 'plat du jour'. Beautiful food, many chefs could learn a thing or two in presentation and quality, as it was reasonably priced its no wonder it was doing a roaring profitable trade.

2,Entering lock 53 the signs mean that the end of the canal is in 3 kms.

3,Passing through the lock, the small cabin is where the lock keeper (eclusier) operates the controls.

4,This is the last lock, the diamond affixed to the bridge gantry depicts the navigable arch.

5,Same lock different view.

6,This is the lock keepers house, its built so high because of the flooding in the Garonne estuary, the lock keeper and his family move to the top floor in times of flooding.

7, Apologies for the turned photo. The blue line up the side of the house shows the height/year of the flood.

8, This part of France was ruled by the British for over 200 years and the old Chateau in the background was built by them. The steps in the foreground lead up to an electricity supply box (called a Borne). Set high because of the regular flooding.

9, Local houses all are set high and accessed by steps.

10, The lock keepers wife is a keen gardener as these flowering shrubs show.


Since leaving Narbonne we've travelled 373 kilometres, passed through 111 locks and taken over a thousand photo's, the best of which you see on this forum.
What next ? Well we turn right around and head back to our home port of Narbonne and hopefully squeeze a short trip out into the Mediterranean.
I'll continue to add things of interest we see on our return journey.
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Old 08-12-2018, 08:53 AM   #62
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The first 2 photo's are 'Deja vu' for me personally as our family company used to transport pig skin in refrigerated trailers from Hanley's pork factory in Ireland to this factory at Buzet here in France.
Which just happens to lie alongside the Canal Lateral a La Garonne and where I often sat with a coffee and daydreamed of bringing a cruiser along here one day.
Both factories have long since closed and I'm retired, little did I know that they,and others like them, would make my dreams come true.

DH Lawrence( of Arabia) once said and I quote.
Beware of a man who dreams with his eyes open, for his dreams will come true. End quote.

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3, Traditional building, clay to manufacture bricks and sand were plentiful in this region.

4,5,6,
The is the pretty port of Castlesarrisan. The farmers market here is one of the best in the region. If you wish to buy a chicken it will still be clucking, rabbits likewise are sold fully clothed and hopping around.

7, This beautifully architectured and built 'Chateau du L Eau' water tower.

8, Its functional modern equivalent.
These water towers are built near a fresh water spring and the water is pumped up into the bowl for distribution by gravity.
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Hello Geoff - reads like a terrific trip - are you on the way back ? Hoping to be in Narbonne tomorrow morning.
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