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Yesterday was April Fool’s Day or as the French call it: “les poisson d’avril”. In France the traditional gag is to stick a paper fish on the back of an unsuspecting friend. Our spoof on closure of France’s Rivers (including the Dordogne) was just that – a spoof! So don’t worry, you can canoe/ kayak here to your heart’s content but we sure enjoyed having some fun yesterday! And all we can say to those who took our little story seriously is…
GOTCHA! et à bientôt, Jack
ATTENTION EFFECTIVE 1 APRIL 2013: Canoeing and Kayaking on the Dordogne River – NOT ALLOWED!
News Source: ‘Le Figaro’/ Paris
Today, in an unprecedented move, French President François Hollande instructed ‘Le Ministère des Eaux’ to place a moratorium on both Kayaking and Canoeing on France’s rivers until further notice. This move, he advised, was required to protect the country’s extensive bottled water industry from potential pollution by recreational paddlers. ‘L’Association des Grands Pagayeurs de France’ says this is just another move by President Hollande to prove the only legitimate use for a paddle is to spank the general public!
We’ll keep all our readers posted on this developing story…
à bientôt, Jack
THE DORDOGNE river basin has been named a UNESCO biosphere reserve.
UNESCO recognized the area as being remarkable for its well-preserved natural setting and the exceptional cultural heritage and art de vivre linked to it.
It says: “The economy of its basin is largely based on tourism, agriculture and forestry, but also industry, benefits from its natural resources, the beauty of the scenery and the prestigious image given by the Dordogne and its many tributaries.”
The aim of the labeling, says UNESCO, is to encourage people to “maintain the symbiosis between nature and man which characterizes the Dordogne basin”; and to “stimulate [people’s] imagination and energy” to make sure progress goes hand in hand with respect for the environment.
The Dordogne flows over 300 miles from source to sea. On its journey from source on Mont-Dore it passes through the departments of Puy-de-Dôme, Corrèze, Lot, Dordogne and Gironde creating some of the most spectacular scenery to be found in France.
Europe’s rivers were, a thousand years ago, its medieval highways. The Dordogne River being one of France’s most strategic, it’s not surprising some of this country’s most formidable castles & fortified houses were built because of its proximity. The labeled area – 24,000 square kilometers – joins 10 other areas of natural heritage in France to have been so designated in the past. They include the Mont Ventoux in the Vaucluse, the Cévennes and the Camargue.
Our sources for this blog post beyond our own contributions included content from both Sandra Sheridan’s Blog site: FranceDailyPhoto.com and ConnectionFrance.com. UNESCO is the acronym for: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization/ UNESCO.org.
Merci et à bientôt! Jack