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Posted on May 15, 2011 by Ash
Whizzing past a vineyard in the south of France.
I flew to France with three mates a couple of weeks ago. We landed at Nimes, picked up our hire car, and set out on a six-day jaunt along the Côte d’Azur taking in Marseilles, Toulon, Saint-Tropez, Cannes, Monaco, Nice and Arles. It was awesome. A few observations: the French don’t know what real tea is / beer costs twice as much as it does in the UK / the French aren’t afraid to bash into things (other cars, bollards, etc) when parking / the French don’t appear to drink milk (or chocolate milk) / London plane (Platanus x acerifolia) is the street tree of choice / street trees and trees at campsites are almost all kept perpetually pollarded and/or subjected to extreme butchery! (And never, ever take your car into a French multi-storey car-park if you value your paintwork.)
The top of a pollarded London plane. All those wounds are bound to let in disease, and most of the trees were partially or entirely hollow. I have a photo of my friend stood inside one!
This square in Saint-Tropez was lovely with its dozens of plane trees. I wish we had somewhere like this in Sheffield!
Pine trees at one of the campsites. These pines grew in great abundance everywhere but I don’t know what species they were.
This olive tree (Olea europaea) stood in a beautiful public garden in Monaco. Judging from the size of its base, I’d say it was very old indeed.
I think this is some kind of fig tree (Ficus), but again I don’t know the species. There were quite a few growing in Monaco. I thought these buttresses made a good throne.
Some of the figs were dropping aerial roots down from their crowns. This group had almost reached the ground.
Another fig’s buttresses had formed a impressive wall!
Palm tree, Saint-Tropez.
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