The monuments of Paris are only one hundred miles (160 km) directly north of the forests and ponds found in this rural area of France. The noise of the city is replaced by the whoosh generated by the wings of herons and the croaking of hundreds of small frogs. At night, stars are unmasked; there are no city lights drowning their presence. Life along the Canal de Briare is enjoyed at a pace no more hurried than its slow-moving green waters.

Boat Hike or Cycle the Canal de Briare