Near the commune of Briare, on the Canal lateral à la Loire, is the Briare Aqueduct. The Briare Aqueduct allows boats traveling the Bourbonnais route to cross the River Loire without have to navigate the river itself. Built by Gustave Eiffel, Daydé, and Pillé, this masonry and steel canal bridge was the longest navigable aqueduct in the world up to 2003.
Five years ago, when we first saw the Briare Aqueduct in person, we thought it would be cool to take a boat across this pont-canal. In May of 2015 we got the chance to take our own barge Wanderlust across. Though we’ve navigated numerous pont-canals it always is an odd feeling floating in a boat high above a river.
(Wanderlust crossed the Briare Aqueduct on May 16 2015.)