There is a series of 4 locks climbing up a hill into Agen. There is a small pound between each lock, like a glass pond when we went through because there weren’t many other boats. It was a great way to end our trip from Valence-sur-Baise. At the top of the locks we crossed the flooded Garonne River on a very long aquaduct and then boated next to peak hour traffic to the harbour in the middle of town. Great fun!
This lock had to be the most unloved lock that we saw. There is a lof of graffiti in France, but that’s another post. This shed and its surrounds were totally unkept and unloved. It was a sad way to end our wonderful trip. The buildings and surrounds of the other locks all looked fantastic. They had old buildings, but gardens and hedges, and really looked terrific. There was no landscaping here, and even the water looked like sludge. The canal/river wasn’t much better. It’s a bit late tonight, but I will look up the proper names and edit this post later on.
This series of locks is a world heritage listed bit of engineering. It really was great to actually go down them all. We had a strike day to hang around here and have a good look. It was the first time we encounted unkept and messy surrounds. Really was quite disgusting. It seems they would get away with it because visitors obviously focus on these.
I have managed to do a few sketches, some from life, but they have had to be pretty quick. Others from pictures on the computer at night. I like doing the real life ones because they’re good memories of what’s happening at the moment. But I have also filled a diary with writing. I love writing, in a restaurant mostly, but sitting anywhere, it’s easier to write a real little bit than to have to leave a drawing that’s just started. I have really enjoyed drawing from the computer at night. That’s easier and very satisfying.
This photo is in our 2nd lock. It is of another boat that we made friends with. This lock was a double lock, too difficult for tourists, so they have 2 men to do the work. That’s why I’m on the boat taking this photo. My job has been to jump off the boat and put the key in the lock to open the gates.
On this, our first day on a canal we went 10km and through 4 locks. We had to stop at Condom to have lunch and buy some food. It was such an interesting town we stayed there the rest of the day. … no didn’t notice any post boxes!!