Time for Frizztext’s A to Z Challenge…..this week it’s ‘L’
L from my travels could be for London, Leipzig, Lindau, Laon, Lourmarin, Lippizer, Lucca, Locorotondo, Lembach…..
But I’m going for Lutzelbourg in Lorraine (two L’s! – how good does it get!).
Lutzelbourg is a commune in the Moselle department in Lorraine in north-eastern France. It is located on the Marne-Rhine Canal (Wikipedia)
The Marne Rhine canal section through the Vosges Mountains presented quite a challenge to the canal builders. Initially, on the eastern side of the Vosges there was a series of seventeen locks to achieve a climb of about 44metres over a 4km distance. This was replaced in 1969 by the Saint-Louis-Arzviller Plan Incliné (canal barge elevator), greatly reducing journey times, and overcoming the problem of barges passing in the narrow canal. Quite a feat of engineering! And most impressive to watch in action. For more information, Wikipedia has this article.
Alas, I only have a distant view of the Plan Incliné and one of the canal, from a visit in the late nineties.
But here is a postcard showing the whole thing (image by P Viard, Editions Estel, Blois) :
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