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Holiday snaps from the French Riviera

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.

Posted in Holidays and field trips

London planes by the riverside, York

Late summer; a summery resurgence. A hot day, a beautiful clear blue sky. A river: the Ouse in York. A riverside, an avenue of London planes. An icecream, a flake. The sun through the leaves, the sunlight plays on the water. Late summer perfection.

London plane (Platanus x acerifolia) leaves. No pom-poms.

London planes are a common sight in cities, being planted for their high tolerance of air pollution and soil compaction.

A goose on the Ouse. Photos taken yesterday.

Posted in Gone for a walk

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