It looks great first thing in the morning as the sun rises and the morning mist starts to evaporate - before the boats disrupt the reflections of the trees.
This peaceful (despite proximity to roads) canal and the Canal de Midi, have appeared in so many films/tv shows/postcards that one feels they are like an old friend....well used by cyclists and joggers, it provides a shady passage around the outskirts of the centre.
Walked along the Canal de Brienne from the Pont des Catalans - what a disappointment. Not looked after, 2 dingy restaurant boats. How could the city not look after this better? Walked up to the Canal du Midi.
Take one of the hour or so long trips along the Canal. Not expensive and although the commentary is in French, you are provided with a written translation in English. Very good value and a lovely way to see a bit more of this city.
Biking in & around Toulouse is the best way to visit the city. the canal the Brienne has a cycle trail along side where you can enter or exit when ever you feel like. An excellent way to see something different and peaceful.
See it now (2012) Since the plane treees which line the can- all 45,000 Of them, will be felled over next 12 Years due to disease. The canal is a unesco heritage site, and is simply fantastic. Guide books for cycling the canal, with hotels, bnb etc avail on Amazon
Part of the Atlantic to the Mediterranean canal, I hope one day to see in all from a narrow boat.
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