Canals to the Med

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PAID TO LIVE THE DREAM Part 2 Chapter 7

 

It was a great moment when we eventually set off from Kortijk, close to the French border to travel the length of the River Leie to Gent to join the Gent-Brugge canal and then onward to Ostend.

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I wonder how many people get the opportunity to cruise the entire length of the French inland waterways and get paid to do it. There were times when a little protection from the elements would have been welcome but what an experience!

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The Bourbonnais route

 

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Our three day journey long the River Seine was magical, especially when we arrived in Paris.

 

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After Paris, we took the Canal du Loing then onto the canal de Briare. This image is by Brian Edwards-May

 

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The Canal de Briare led us onto the Canal latéral à la Loire

 

 

 

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Where the Canal latéral à la Loire ended, we took the canal du Centre for Chalon-sur- Saone. Image by David Edwards-May

 

 

 

 

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The final leg of the amazing journey was down the Rivers  Saone and Rhone to Port St Louis before we burst out into the blue Mediterranean. It felt so good.