Saturday, 29 November 2008
Sète : at sunset : au coucher du soleil
From Palavas-les-Flots, and with much excitement Marie lead us further south to Sète.
We were truly on a mission - and things were flying !
Well, the silver car was flying and so was I.
At Frontignan we crossed the canal which traverses the coastal lakes; one could say, "a waterway within a waterway".
Sète, which was called Cette until 1927, is the eastern starting point of the Canal du Midi (1681), to Toulouse and Bordeaux, and the end point of the Canal du Rhône.
The town is built on and around Mont St Clair and is situated on the south-east side of the Étang de Thau, an enclosed salt water lake brimming with oyster and mussel fields.
The Étang de Thau is the largest of a string of lakes that stretch along the Languedoc-Roussillon coast from the Rhône River to the foothills of the Pyrenees, bordering Spain and is the second largest lake in France.
Gliding along la Route de Balaruc we approached the canal one last time and crossed the tilting bridge leading to the old city with is gorgeous canals and the towering Mont St Clair in the background.