Parc naturel régional du Marais Poitevin
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The Green Venice
The Green Venice
Nearly a thousand years ago, French monks dug canals to drain a huge swamp in the Poitou-Charentes region. Today, it's national parkland and you can rent a flat-bottomed boat to explore 500-plus miles of tree-lined canals. You can spot birds and the occasional cow, ferried in to graze in the pastures the monks created. It's wonderfully idyllic -- if you avoid weekend crowds in the summertime.
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