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The European Travel Experience Most People Don’t Know About

Reader's Digest Logo By Madhvi Ramani of Reader's Digest | Slide 2 of 11: The most famous of the French canals, the Canal du Midi was built in the 17th century. It took 12,000 workers and 14 years to dig the 150-mile canal that stretches from Toulouse to the town of Sète in the Languedoc region of Southern France. Today, it's listed as a UNESCO world heritage site and is the oldest working canal in the world. A barge cruise along the Canal du Midi, like this one on the Barge Beatrice, offers a truly historical experience, with visits to the walled city of Carcassonne, the Roman ruins and weekly market at Narbonne, and the medieval village Minerve. For other ways to set sail on vacation, check out these 12 bucket-list cruises you have to take in your lifetime.
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Canal du Midi, France

The most famous of the French canals, the Canal du Midi was built in the 17th century. It took 12,000 workers and 14 years to dig the 150-mile canal that stretches from Toulouse to the town of Sète in the Languedoc region of Southern France. Today, it's listed as a UNESCO world heritage site and is the oldest working canal in the world. A barge cruise along the Canal du Midi, like this one on the Barge Beatrice, offers a truly historical experience, with visits to the walled city of Carcassonne, the Roman ruins and weekly market at Narbonne, and the medieval village Minerve. For other ways to set sail on vacation, check out these 12 bucket-list cruises you have to take in your lifetime.

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