Renneville to Gardouch and Villefranche: Wednesday 27th April

We had a relaxing morning. The lock gates at Renneville were mechanical.

"relaxing on the Midi Canal"
relaxing on the Midi Canal

We moored at Gardouch and walked into the village to buy a baguette. We then walked into Villefranche-de-Lauragaus. It is a lovely village with a huge supermarket 1km from the lock.

"lock markers"
lock markers

We had crushed potato, tomato and shallots with duck sausage for supper.

"our barge safely moored"
our barge safely moored

Castlenaudary to Renneville: Tuesday 26th April

We woke up at 08h30 and loafed a bit. We did not unplug the electricity before going for breakfast and shopping and the cost for the mooring and the electricity was €8.00. The Spar in France is just as expensive as South Africa.

"breakfast and shopping in Castlenaudary"
breakfast and shopping in Castlenaudary

The lock keeper at the triple lock was very helpful and friendly. We stopped after that for lunch. Our plan of losing the barge in front of us did not work! We went to Mr Not the Potter which was a waste of time. We stopped at La Segala but there was no water and nothing to see.

"looking back from an up lock"
looking back from an up lock

We then went to our first down lock. They are much easier than going up. We moored up and took a walk to Narouze and the obelisk.

"obelisk at Narouze"
obelisk at Narouze


The one lock’s sluice gates had to be opened manually! We waited at the double lock for the barge that was one lock behind us. We walked up a seriously steep hill to Renneville. I did at least 8kms of walking today. We had pasta with shallot, garlic, lardons, tomatoes and marrow for supper.

"pasta with shallot, garlic, lardons, tomatoes and marrow"
pasta with shallot, garlic, lardons, tomatoes and marrow