A Drive to Marseille: The Ancient Plantane Trees

Made a trip to Marseille, and on the way before driving in to Aix-en-Provence there is a stretch of road lined with these trees, large, stoic and leafless due to Winter, stark and hauntingly beautiful, the Plantane tree is an important piece of French culture and history.  Cultivated by ancient Roman soliders, this variety of tree spread throughout much of Southern France, and in present day,  a landmark treasure and mainstay for tourists who want to capture the natural beauty of Provence.