9:58 am. While further west are the Bjelašnica mountain (a) and the Prenj mountain range (b). The Bjelašnica hosted the ski competitions of the 1984 Winter Olympics, held in Sarajevo, which in fact is just below the plane so not visible here:
9:59 am. Another mountain, Velež, can be seen far behind (a), and somewhere between it and the Prenj mountain range (c) lies the iconic city of Mostar (b), also not visible from here. These Bosnian cities are truly elusive!
10:05 am. Created by a system of dikes, the lake (a) accumulates water from the area’s karst aquifers. Indeed, we are flying above the largest karst field in the world, bound to the southwest by the Kamešnica mountain (b):
10:12 am. We start flying over Croatia, catching a glimpse of the Padene wind farm (b) and the Krka river (a). The river passes through the city of Knin, capital of the medieval Kingdom of Croatia, which is hidden just behind the motor:
There are many interesting geographic features to be found in this area, but unfortunately an endless sea of clouds extends from here all the way across the Adriatic, so I eventually get bored and decide to take a nap …
11:44 am. We start our descent towards Toulouse Blagnac airport through a thick cloud cover. After what seems like an eternity, we emerge over the characteristic landscape of the region surrounding Toulouse, looking so different from when I last saw it in summer because of the drab greyness, and yet still recognizable: small reservoirs on streams (a, b), plenty of which are found around the region, the village of Vacquiers (c), and the hippodrome (d) of the Pindouls equestrian domain not far from it:
11:46 am. The logistics center (a) and the quarry ponds (b, c), as well as the Garonne river (e), take a clearer shape as we cross over the A62 motorway (d), part of the Autoroute des Deux Mers (“Motorway of the Two Seas”) which connects the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean through Toulouse:
11:46 am. West of the motorway and roughly parallel to this section of it runs the Garonne Canal (a), which connects Toulouse to the Atlantic Ocean through Bordeaux. Together with the Canal du Midi connecting Toulouse to the Mediterranean, it forms the waterway called Canal des Deux Mers (“Canal of the Two Seas”), which the name of the motorway is actually inspired from. The canal passes through the town of Grisolles (b), while the sinuous course of the Garonne river (c) can be seen further west:
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