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May 24, 2013 - Canal du Midi and the Abbey at LaGrasse

For our last day in southern France, we booked a lunch cruise on the Canal du Midi from a service in Carcasonne. The Canal du Midi was built to serve as a shortcut between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, avoiding a month-long sea voyage (in the 17th century) around hostile Spain and Barbary pirates that attacked ships in the strait of Gibraltar. It was constructed by Pierre-Paul Riquet with additional funding provided by King Louis IV. Construction began in 1667 and was finally completed in 1681 with a total cost of 15,000,000 livres...

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