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Episode 22 Canal du Midi

Bridge over the Canal du Midi
Photo Peter Gugerel

The Canal du Midi is a wonderful UNESCO World Heritage Site and Europe’s best engineering achievements of the 1700s. This long-awaited canal was designed to open up the landlocked area of Toulouse to commerce and make it possible to go between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean without going all the way around Portugal and Spain.  The man who designed the Canal du Midi and carried the project, Pierre Paul Riquet, was a man of the Enlightenment who brought human as well as technological innovations to the Southwest of France.

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By now, the Canal du Midi is not as vital to commerce as it once was, but it has not lost any of its charm. Amateurs of slow travel take cruises on the canal by the thousands each year, and many more enjoy walks and bike rides along its beautiful banks. You should definitely include a stop on the Canal du Midi next time you visit Southwestern France!

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Episode 20 Albi

 

Albi

This week on Join Us in France, Elyse takes us to the beautiful city of Albi in Southwestern France. This city is the home of world-famous artist Toulouse-Lautrec and has a large museum dedicated to his work. It also has one of the most interesting fortress Cathedrals in France, which is said to be the biggest brick building in the world. And it is also a World Heritage UNESCO site.

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If you want to see some beautiful part of France that is off the beaten track yet has a lot to offer, Albi is for you!

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