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A Private Cruise on the Canal du Midi

Natalie Trent

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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!

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.


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