Friday January 24, 2020

To the waters and the mild

Jamie Ball spends a pleasant five days pedalling along the Canal de Deux Mers - and stops off in the charming city of Toulouse

24th July, 2016
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A trip down the Canal des Deux Mers is a delight Picture: Joel Damase

Within hours of touching down in France for the first time in this terror-ridden century, it was reassuring to find at least two things remain constant in the Fifth Republic.

The first is its media’s fascination with that post-war, two-fingered riposte to Cliff Richard, Johnny Hallyday. The second is how the French continue to delight in the sport of driving as if the brake was only designed as a small-print suggestion on the side of...

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