The marvels of the Canal du Midi and the la Robine canal

At the Le Somail hamlet, a legendary port of call on the Canal du Midi, several buildings can be found dating back to the era in which Pierre Paul Riquet undertook the construction of the Canal (17th Century): the Steersmen’s (‘nautoniers’) and Travellers’ Chapel, the stone bridge, the inn, the warehouses and the ice house (the only remaining ice house on the entire Canal).

At the Gailhousty hamlet, the Aude river, the junction canal and the la Robine canal intersect. There are two locks here, the one closest to the Aude river serving as a dry dock and boat repair facility. Seeing as robina means canal in Occitan, it is perhaps needless to explain what the name Canal de la Robine means (the canal’s … canal). Just call it: la Robine / la Robina.

Pont Canal sus Onhon

Pichòt País de Menerbés fins Alaric de las Corbièras,
de Carcassés en Narbonés,
pichòt país qu’es pro espés per i conténer mila vias
dempuèi lo blat cap a las vinhas,
de la besala a Riqueton
que fa lo pont de sus Onhon fins al riu d’Aude.
Pichòt país, a el tot sol, un paradís.

Miquèl Decòr, Passejada menerbesa, Vendémias-IEO

The canal bridge over the Ognon stream :
From the Minervois to the Corbières region, from Carcassonne to the Narbonnaise territory, from the wheat fields to the vineyards, from the rills to the Canal and from the Bridge over the Ognon to the Aude river, I know of the thousand waterways situated in a small region still big enough to be considered a paradise.

The Pont des Marchands (Merchant Bridge) in Narbonne is one of but very few covered bridges in France. As far back as 1576, this bridge was the main commercial street of the town with its food stores (wheat mills, butcher stores ...).

The canal bridge over the Ognon stream :

From the Minervois to the Corbières region, from Carcassonne to the Narbonnaise territory, from the wheat fields to the vineyards, from the rills to the Canal and from the Bridge over the Ognon to the Aude river, I know of the thousand waterways situated in a small region still big enough to be considered a paradise.

The Pont des Marchands (Merchant Bridge) in Narbonne is one of but very few covered bridges in France. As far back as 1576, this bridge was the main commercial street of the town with its food stores (wheat mills, butcher stores ...).