Holiday report Canal du Midi, from Carnon Plage (Montpellier) to Homps (single voyage): 140 km, 17 locks, 25 operational engine hours, 4 persons on board + mascotdog Ella (team Holidayboat.net-Vakantieboot.nl)
From Capestang we navigated to Ventenac (click here) where we stopped at a grandly tiled quay, right in front of a wine castle and a nice little village with a park and a cosy overgrown to sundappled cemetry.On the cemetry we found a tomb of a parish priest Alexandre Planton with the following poetical sentences in french, translated as :
“spared from hail to be
who saves a thought for me”
the tale goes that quite often this prediction came through….
We left the cemetry in high spirits to land at the back door of the wine castle.
After Tasting without spitting out we bought some boxes and bottles for the journey and home.
From many spots alongside the canal you see references to wine cellars and olive oil producers.
The villages at hte Canal du Midi showed themselves in a sleepy way as the summer festivals were over and the wine-growers were very busy harvesting.
In spite of the extreme drought of past summer everything was still green and it was a bless to land somewhere to dream away under the rustle of the planetrees.
We hardly met any walkers and cyclists on the mostly unpaved tow-path.
The boat navigated in a quiet and supple way…we felt one with the surroundings.
After an afternoon navigating we passed by the Canal de la Robine that leads to Narbonne and Port-la-Nouvelle and stopped in Le Somail after having taken in water near the famous old arched bridge.