Chris and Jackie flew into Carcassonne and trained to Narbonne. We found a central mooring but it was a tadge dusty/noisy as the centre is being renovated (Angie negotiated a 50% discount to Peter's surprise).
A lot of routine sightseeing followed and some shopping by the junior crew as all the Shop Sales were on.
|Narbonne central ecluse|
|Once the Via Domitia (and still built on)|
We usually replenish any fenders damaged during the cruising season from those accidentally discarded by hire boats, but times had been lean in 2012 (the thought of buying some made Peter feel faint). However, the additional crew changed our luck and we picked up three good ones in a few days (now back in surplus).
We pottered off north to the River Aude junction which has an interesting weir and a silted up entrance to the Canal de Jonction.
Gailhousty ecluse is quite impressive with large buildings and is now deep, as the second ecluse is used as a dry dock.
|Tinpan (an old acquaintance) being made 'new' again|
|Peter in Antipodean mode - it's hot, damned hot!|
|It is stressful - but someone has to do it!|
|Kes and close friend (aka Jackie)|
Given the number of Hire boats we were lucky with both ecluses and moorings - though we tried to do short runs mooring up in time for lunch each day. At Paraza we had an impromptu BBQ (no that isn't the towpath).
|'Garcon - mon vin s'il vous plait!'|
|The food at last - I was starving!|