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Canal du Midi - Cycle for Cancer


The CFS (Cancer France Support) group is organizing a cycle ride for Cancer Support along the Canal du Midi this June.  Sign-up and ride to support this important cause in France.



More details can be found on the Facebook page 'CSF Canal du Midi Cycle Ride'


their website


you can contact us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information - reserve your spot now and ride the wind!

A Private Cruise on the Canal du Midi


I recently had the opportunity to enjoy a personalized lunch cruise along our well-known Canal du Midi, one of UNESCO's World Heritage sites, and to meet and get to know some great new friends.

The Bella Mia, a restored classic cruiser, was our vessel and our hosts, Mel & John, couldn't have made the trip more delightful, present company excluded.


We met the boat, moored in a beautifully forested spot along the canal, near Mirepeisset in the early, sunny afternoon. We were all greeted with a tour of the fully-equipped 4-6 passenger boat, then offered a glass of wine as we got on our way and our 3-hour cruise began.

We headed for Le Somail passing by the moored peniches, swimming ducklings, cafe's and cyclists as John, the pilot, guided us under the much-visited & painted bridge in the center of the little hamlet and continued in the direction of Paraza & Azille, cruising at a very relaxed speed to take it all in, and not spill the wine!

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We were soon invited downstairs into the galley to partake in the lovely picnic-style spread that Mel had prepared for us: 2 chicken salads, a lovely quiche, a fresh green salad, a creamy potato salad, and, of course, more chilled white wine.


More conversation & tasting ensued as John chose a lovely mooring along the shaded quayside while we ate.  We then, slowly made our way back enjoying the scenery of the tree-lined canal in this perfect little cruiser for a perfect afternoon!


Mel & John's beautiful little cruiser is available for your personalized lunch cruise upon reservation, contact me directly for more information.