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with tourists, but is well liked by the lo­cals. It has some eas­ily man­aged locks be­tween the town­ships of Mon­tauban and Agen. In re­gard to the locks, each one is unique and most have a lock-keeper’s cot­tage, so use your VHF com­mu­ni­ca­tion and call them a cou­ple of kilo­me­tres out from ar­rival. I rec­om­mend ei­ther May or Septem­ber as the ideal time to go for the mild weather, bet­ter pric­ing and qui­eter in gen­eral. French Wa­ter­ways (french-wa­ter­ways.com) is a great place to start your plan­ning.

QI am 80 years old and will be trav­el­ling alone to the UK in Au­gust. My out­ward flight in­volves a nine-hour stopover in Dubai, where I ar­rive at ter­mi­nal three and de­part from ter­mi­nal one. I am ner­vous about get­ting lost. I would like to go straight to the de­par­ture ter­mi­nal if pos­si­ble and wait there. I un­der­stand that there is a lounge I can stay in, for a fee, but don’t know in which ter­mi­nal it is sit­u­ated or how to book.

AAlthough large, Dubai air­port is in­cred­i­bly user friendly. Trans­fer­ring be­tween ter­mi­nals is done by a 24-hour shut­tle bus and ter­mi­nal three where you ar­rive has three ded­i­cated trans­fer desks to as­sist pas­sen­gers. One op­tion for you is to no­tify Qan­tas that you will need help. Air­lines can pro­vide what is called a Spe­cial As­sist ser­vice to el­derly or other pas­sen­gers who need help get­ting through air­ports. They can ar­range for you to be met on ar­rival and pro­vided with buggy trans­port to your next gate. Nine hours is a long lay­over, so in­vest­ing in the com­forts of a lounge is a good idea. Ter­mi­nal one of­fers two quiet lounges for pas­sen­gers to use with re­clin­ing chairs to nap in, but there’s al­ways the risk the seats are taken. An al­ter­na­tive is the Ah­lan Lounge (ah­lan-dia.com). Here they pro­vide

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