France: River Loire by kayak
Thinking about the Loire you imagine castles. But seen from the kayak first of all you experience nature. Europe's last wild river is studded with islands and some river branches are so narrow you can forget you are navigating the largest stream of France. You experience a sense of jungle, not of the tropics but of Western Europe as it once has been. You meet beavers and thousands of terns that are looking for a spot to lay eggs and breed. You glide under a delightfully scenting canopy of acacia's when suddenly it opens up and, indeed, a chateau rises above the shore. Finally a whole town moves into view, like the royal city of Blois. Or Saumur, the capital of Loire sparkling wines.