During my recent trip to France, I was fascinated by their tree-lined roads. Later on, I came to read that there are lots of theories as to why France has so many tree-lined roads and whose idea they were in the first place.
Many think that the Romans are responsible. It’s true that many of France’s roads are Roman roads, designed by the Romans to get from A to B in the most efficient way possible. Many of the tree-lined roads in France are incredibly straight, with trees planted at regular intervals alongside them.
Some people, however, think that Napolean was responsible. The most widely held theory is that Napoleon ordered that French roads be lined with trees so that his troops would be able to march the length and breadth of the country in the shade. It is a logical explanation, although no one knows for sure if it’s true.
Another theory is that the French aristocracy wanted to plant trees to provide shade while transporting foods and goods to and from their homes. It’s a good theory, as many of the roads linking major towns are planted with trees, so the food would have stayed fresher and drier and been in better condition when it arrived.
This particular row of trees was exactly at the end of Champs de Elyssess. The place where the designer stores ended began this beautiful and typically French tree-lined road. This is undoubtedly one of my favourite images from the trip and I am happy to share it with all of you.