Photographer's Note

The Channel of the South was designed at the XVIIème century by Paul Riquet to organize the carriage of the goods between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. Built of 1667 to 1681, long, this inland waterway 241 km connects the Garonne, in Toulouse, with the Pond of Thau with Marseillan. Vis-a-vis with the development of the other means of transport, the Channel lost, during decades, its initial vocation, and n the other hand became a high place of river tourism. The Channel of the South and its various works (locks, bridges, bridges channels, tow paths...), contain a single inheritance which was classified with the world inheritance, by UNESCO, in 1996. The work is an asset of tourist development considerable, exploited by the various communes which it crosses. The old tow paths and the cycle track which skirts it on a great part of its linear became idéals places of ballade. In addition, easy accessibility and its piscicultural potential also make of them a place of fishing snuffed of the tourists and fishermen local. Here the locks of Villedubert, between Trèbes and Carcassonne (Aude).

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