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Wednesday
Nov062013

MAISON D'ECLUSIER

 

 

 

Every canal has its own distinctive style of lockkeeper's' houses.  We've learned from the lock keepers (eclusiers) that in the old days, every lockkeeper was assigned one of  these homes as part of the job. Nowadays, very few seem to live in these houses and instead they serve as mustering points for a succession of shift lockkeepers.  We've met many lovely university students who get lockkeeping jobs over the summer. And sometimes, to raise additional revenue, the French authorities rent these houses as lovely holiday homes.  A nice way to spend the summer, out with a book and a glass of wine, watching the barges and boats cruise through the lock in one's front garden.  

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