Parc naturel régional du Marais Poitevin
2 Rue de l'Église, 79510 Coulon, France
Mon - Fri 9am - 1pm
Mon - Thur 2pm - 6pm
Fri 2pm - 5pm
The Green VeniceNearly 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.