Floating Through France: Life Between Locks on the Canal du Midi

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Many tourists' trips to France are dominated by that country's cosmopolitan capital; Floating Through France reveals a rural side of France that is seen less often, but is just as compelling as Paris's urban excitement. The essays in this collection explore the areas surrounding the unique, picturesque Canal du Midi. The oldest functioning canal in Europe, the Canal du Midi started out as a shortcut for bustling commerce in the 17th century and is now a United Nations World Heritage site and one of the most ...

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Overview

Many tourists' trips to France are dominated by that country's cosmopolitan capital; Floating Through France reveals a rural side of France that is seen less often, but is just as compelling as Paris's urban excitement. The essays in this collection explore the areas surrounding the unique, picturesque Canal du Midi. The oldest functioning canal in Europe, the Canal du Midi started out as a shortcut for bustling commerce in the 17th century and is now a United Nations World Heritage site and one of the most beautiful, evocative features of the French countryside. Featuring essays from notables such as Linda Watanabe McFerrin, Larry Habegger, and Joanna Biggar, as well as up-and-comers, and poetry and photo-sketches, Floating Through France is perfect for those traveling to France or those who just want to feel like they're there.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781932361384
  • Publisher: Travelers' Tales Guides, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2006
  • Series: Travelers' Tales Series
  • Pages: 207
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Lurley 1
Land of the troubadours 11
The gift 21
Toulouse (sonnet) 29
Good roots 31
Matters of trust 37
Sunday market largesse 43
Navigating sleep 49
Canal du Midi (sonnet) 63
Images du Canal 65
Searching for bread in Montgiscard 75
Chez Paul 83
Ship shape 87
The lock keeper of Renneville (sonnet) 89
A sports fan in spite of herself : or how Le Tour de France came to me 91
Personal soundtrack 99
Fish out of water 107
La Recette du Cassoulet (sonnet) 113
The ultimate French casserole : or finding the best pork and beans 115
Bellevue La Foret (sonnet) 123
A trickle of time and water 125
Letter to my father 137
French dressing 145
Alone, but not alone 151
Marie Jeanne : Une Seconde Vie 155
Trying to punt 169
Le Relais de Riquet (sonnet) 175
Vignettes 177
Anything but plain 183
Trobairitz - tracing the lost songs of uppity women 185
App How to cruise the canals 195
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