Le Boat and it was perfect! Technically it could sleep up to eight people (with two people sleeping in the living space). I would err on the side of caution - the boat was just right for the five of us but I wouldn't want to pack any more in. You can add on extras like bikes (which we did) and a BBQ (which we also did). It's a lovely feeling being totally self sufficient and having the freedom to cruise the canals to our hearts content! Dad and the girls flew into Carcassone then took a taxi to the Le Boat basin at Castelnaudary. After being shown the ropes (literally) they set sail and worked their way up the canal towards Toulouse before turning round and heading back to Carcassone to pick us up. We then spent a merry four days cruising back to Castelnaudary, stopping off at some lovely little restaurants and towns along the way!
A couple of weeks before, Flo ordered a chefs hat to give to a friend on their Birthday. Serendipitously this captain's hat turned up instead!
Captain Dad running 'tings on board ship!
One of the parts of the city I really liked was the cathedral - so old and beautiful!
It was strange standing in the damp empty space just before they let the water in. The water streamed in with such force - to fall into the swirling, bubbling depths would have been to drown instantly!
Each lock was accompanied by one of these sweet houses - decorated with little wooden shutters in a sophisticated palette of Farrow and Ball blues and greens. Some of the houses seemed to be closed, others were being lived in and as you can imagine I loved catching a glimpse into peoples kitchens and living spaces - a flicker of blue and white gingham curtain here, the top of a four poster bed there. Most exciting by far though were the cottages that had been turned into canal side restaurants!
Le Rive-Belle was one of my favourite places we ate at on the trip. The restaurant was in one of the adorable lock keepers cottages which had been converted - isn't it pretty? I ate amazing salmon sashimi for starters, then I had a huge plate of prawns, cooked with lots of garlic and lemon mmmmmm.
Chambre d'hotes Peniche Mirage here on Trip Advisor!