Haute-Pyrenees – Maubourget & Plane Trees

The two most striking things about the nearby town of Maubourguet on our first visit, is its lovely glass and metalwork of the Halle (covered market area) and its spectacular boulevard of plane trees; which are all the more dramatic in wintertime and look like they need some serious pollarding soon.

Rows of Plane trees are a common sight in France rows of which are planted in towns for shade in the heat of summer, but they are also seen along straight stretches of road in the middle between towns. It is thought that Napoleon is responsible for the typical scenes we see today of tree lined roads and that he ordered the extensive planting of plane trees along the roads in Southern France to shade his marching armies from the heat of the midday sun. Nothing plain about Plane trees!

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