Bouihonnac dreveDrève is one of my favorite words in French. It’s where trees line both sides of a road, touching in the middle overhead.

Malves dreve

I hear the word rêve in it. Dream.

Trebes dreve

Going through a drève on a hot summer day is indeed a rêve. The heat shimmers on the pavement, making everything seem as if you’re looking through water. You probably see a mirage puddle on the asphalt.

trebes dreve 2

Then you plunge into the cool tunnel of trees. It’s another world. A dappled world where you can breathe, unlike in the scorching heat outside.

Dreve 2

And then you’re out again. Wondering why trees weren’t planted everywhere along the roadsides.

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13 thoughts on “Tree dreams (fixing technical problem)

    1. Maybe! Drive comes from Old English/Dutch/German: drifan/drijven/treiben. Drève actually is a word used in the north of France and in Belgium and comes from the Dutch dreef, for lane.

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  1. You’ve captured that feeling
    perfectly here, with your
    lovely photos and words.
    Thank you for a brief moment
    of refreshment in my hectic
    morning!

    xo Suzanne

    PS: Thank you for your recent
    comment on my blog. You
    inspired my next post, coming
    soon!

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  2. I grew up in Mobile, Alabama known as the first “Tree City” community and we have very old oak trees lining many streets. The down-side is that the ever-falling leaves clog up the drains which floods the streets and the roots break the sewer lines but, they are beautiful.
    -carol

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  3. I didn’t know these tree tunnels were called drèves, maybe they’re not in my region? Anyways, this is such a familiar landscape when driving through rural France! 🙂

    Beaumiroir

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  4. Beautiful post – I love those long rows of trees, and the tunnels of shade they provide!! I’ve heard that the planes were planted to shade Napoleon’s marching armies, but perhaps that’s just a myth…?

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