From Sea to Sea

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From Sea to Sea

Discover the history of the French Canal du Midi, which was built between 1666 and 1681 to provide a water route connecting the Atlantic and Mediterranean through Southern France. This engineering feat was led by Pierre Paul Riquet, a tax collector who gained support from Louis XIV and overcame various technical, economic, and social challenges to create an elegant and graceful canal that has become a major tourist attraction.

In his 1972 book, Rolt provides a glimpse into the canal’s progress, including the lengthening of locks and the construction of a water slope at Montech, indicating the potential for future waterborne freight transport. Rolt was passionate about waterways’ practical utilitarian use, making his observations particularly interesting.

A European waterways writer, David Edward-May adds a postscript to the book, describing the canal’s decline and subsequent revival as a tourist destination. He also includes helpful maps, plans, and drawings to serve as a useful companion for canal visitors. The Canal du Midi was designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 1996, and its tree-lined banks continue attracting visitors worldwide.

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Author

LTC Rolt

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Paperback

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