The Canal du Midi was built to serve as a shortcut between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, avoiding the long sea voyage around hostile Spain, Barbary pirates, and a trip that in the 17th century took a full month to complete. The canal runs from Sete to Toulouse and passes right through our little town of Carcassonne. A lovely path follows the canal and makes for a great day of bike riding past open fields and vineyards, quaint villages and old growth forests. With 91 locks, it is no surprise that we were lucky enough to see one put to use during our boat ride. It was an impressive thing to watch. We had a beautiful day out and about on our bikes and here are the photos to prove it!