Smooth . . .

Centuries ago the lands here were under the sea.  The monks of Nieul and four other monasteries in the area undertook to dig canals and drain the swamps so they could be used for agriculture and ranching.

Today, because of the canals and the means of maneuvering through them, this part of France is called "la Venise Verte" or "the Green Venice".

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