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Canal du Midi, Toulouse

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It took 12,000 workers and over ten years to build the canal connecting the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. Pierre-Paul Riquet designed it in 1667 to boost the local economy; it is now considered one of the masterpieces of Louis XIV's reign, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 241-kilometre canal, lined with hundred-year-old plane trees, is now used by barges, and its banks enjoyed by walkers. The paths have been made into bicycle trails. A trip along the waterway, lasting a few hours to several days is an excellent way to discover the more hidden aspects of Southern France.