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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Bringing It All Together

Joan Presecan proposed making a book of the trip and I think that's an excellent idea and I will help. Blurb publishes quite high quality books at reasonable prices. There are other excellent publishers as well. We of course will want to talk about this.

We still need more informal pictures of our Crew. Tracey has started a video of our descent down the Fonsrannes Staircase, so we are not quite ready yet, but we can be soon.

(You may ask whether the book can include video and in a real way it can. You upload the video to YouTube and then create a Scanlife barcode link to it in the book. You scan the barcode with your iPad, and - Bingo! - you are watching the video.)

Flickr Accounts and this Blog

Everyone took a lot of pictures on the trip. What's the best way to share them? One way is to email the actual pictures to each other or put them on a DVD.  But that uses up resources, is slow - for starters.

Another way is for each person to store one or more pictures online, then share the link. That's quite efficient. Many applications enable you to do this. PicasaWeb is good, so is Facebook. But IMHO Flickr is currently the best.

I proposed that each Canal Trip Member create his or her own account on Flickr and then share links to their photostream or albums. Five members have already done this. Melinda, Dave, Lark Dorothy,Tracey,John Sorcinelli and Larry Olson.  Others are in the process or doing so. Here they are:

As I receive these links, I'll update this page. Then everybody can see everybody else's pictures without having to physically transfer them (except to Flickr or course).


My Flickr Gallery
Flickr makes it possible to store favorite other Flickr members' pictures in a "Gallery".  So if you are on Flicker, I can put your photos here. The Gallery will update automatically as pictures are added. All you need to do is get me the link to your photostream. Don't miss this additional Gallery - I ran out of space in the first one!

Informal Person Pics

Person Pics
Here is where everyone can contribute. We need informal pictures from along along the Canal of our mates. I can arrange to put them in this album or link to them.

Excursion - Minerve

An incredible 14th C. city where the Cathars were burned for what was then taken as a heresy. We took a van to Minerve from Homps. Some on the other boat bicycled there with no problem. Take a look at the original cycle route.

The Staircase to Agde

Staircase to Agde
After the Staircase, it's an easy go to Agde. We found a great restaurant at Villenueve les Beziers and some great trompe l'oeil examples as well.

Fonserannes Staircase

Fonserrannes Staircase
Follow this sequence of the gentleman with the white hair and his mate up the stairway. They did a good job.

Capestang to Beziers

Capestang to Beziers
I don't have any good pictures of Beziers. There are two wonderful possibilities: the viaduct over the Orbe River and the Staircase at Fonseranne. Anyone step up?

le Somail to Capestang

le Somail to Capestang
Here we really need some pictures. I have some, but they are primarily placeholders.

Paraza to le Somail

Paraza to le Somail
The pictures are pretty spotty here and the bookstore will show twice. Love to get some additional photos from this area.

Trebes to Paraza

Trebes to Paraza
We found a winery at Paraza, and more. This is the site of the Riquet Chateau, the home of the man who designed the Canal in the 17th Century. The Chateau is being refurbished but we were able to slip through a side door in the winery to snap these pictures.

Carcassonne to Trebes

To Trebes
The album says Carcassonne to Trebes, but in fact includes pictures from west of Carcassonne, such as Bram. But the 4th night mooring was at Trebes with its great restaurants along the Canal.

Carcassonne - Our First Look at Locks

First Look
A couple of days before we picked up the boat, we watched boats arrive at the basin at Carcassonne to see how the locks worked. In this image we see the lock filling in order to lift the boat in it up to the level of basin. In the sequence of images, you'll see this boat make it into the basin and then a boat from the basin leave it after it is joined in the lock by a second boat.

Carcassonne - the Cathedral

From the Cathedral
An immense and impressive building in itself, but also from its tower, a great place to photograph the surrounding area and the Castle.

Carcassone - Castle

Some Castle Pics
The Medieval part of Carcassonne is called the Cite (with accent). The Castle is part of the Cite.

Carcassonne - the House

The House
Built in 1860, it's large, slept 7, with kitchen, dining room, study, breakfast area, patio, the works. Much fun.

Carcassonne - Pre-stay and Canal Stay

First Look
Carcassonne is a spectacular 14th Century City. Many of us stayed there several days before the Canal launch on October 4th. These are among the first photos I took when I first arrived. The link above is to the Flickr album. Click on an image to enlarge it. You'll find that you can move to the next image via the ">".

A Potpourri of Geotags

Geo-tagged photos
I was delighted to discover that my iPhone photos were automatically geo-tagged and that all photos could be geo-tagged. When you enter this album, look for the "map" button at the top (lap-top format) or "more info" if you are on an iPad. The former will show you a map with pink icons where your photos are. Click the button and your photo will show up. Click the photo and the icon will blink. Try the map view here.

The Crew

The Crew
Here is the Crew for both boats. Click on the link to see all of the proofs. (This might be the best.)

We picked up our Boat in Castlenaudary October 4th

Our Start and First Locks
This is the Great Basin at Castlenaudary. After a (very) brief tutorial on piloting the boat, both boats headed off to the first set of locks. From Castlenaudary there are about a dozen locks to descend during the first day. That's why Gay, or first night, was so close to our start. Click the image to follow our course that day.

We Did It!

Not everyone has returned from points afar, but the Canal du Midi portion has been completed! We are now in the stage of collecting photos for exchange and a commemorative book. In the next postings, I'll be linking the various stages of the Canal Trip to our growing photo database, now primarily on Flickr.