Potentially an interesting place to explore, Narbonne has served mainly as a stopover where we regrouped, made onward bookings and engaged in futile struggles with the telcos to give us a reasonable pre-paid programme for the phone. So far we’ve had to buy top-ups almost every day.

Alan did a little research and discovered that the town was established by the Romans as a seaport and it became a crossroad on the Via Domitia, the route between Italy and Spain in the 2nd century BC. The port eventually became silted up and now the Canal du Robine joins the Mediterranean with the Canal du Midi.

This was our first encounter with a canal in the South – it slides through the town like an extra roadway.




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