We seem to have spent a lot of time covering not a lot of ground over the past two weeks. From Castelsarrasin we were on fresh ground, we stopped at a canalside service station and Peter refuelled by jerrican (360 litres in the sun which was a good mornings work) and then we pottered off to Moissac going over the River Tarn (a big river) on a suitably big aqueduct.
|River Tarn aqueduct|
|River Tarn moorings|
Moissac is mainly famous for its Abbey and Cloisters (not sure the Cloisters are better than Salisbury though)..
Autumn is here with the plane trees shedding their leaves and the ground covered with conkers around the horse chestnuts. The weather is mostly hot with the occasional violent thunderstorm to lessen the humidity.
|Moissac lift bridge|
This part of the Canal de Garonne is less manicured than the Midi and quite attractive.
The next stop, Valence d'Agen, was another nice mooring, luckily with a barge we can moor to higher walls than most, so we had lots of room and just managed to reach electricity and water points. A booming little town with a good market and three old wash houses. Given most of them were still in use well into the last century, one wonders what the English equivalent was - or did English reserve mean knickers etc weren't washed publically in a communal spot?
|Valence d'Agen wash house|