Friday, December 30, 2011

Le Perthus - a town split between two countries

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This town in the Pyrénées is mostly in France, but some of it is in Spain, and the border runs along the middle of some of the main street.   The first view dates from 1955 showing the then French customs house, La Douane Francaise, where a Chausson bus is stopped.  One notes the Ford Zephyr, probably driven by a British tourist.

The current Google streetview shows the Spanish side of the main street, Avenue de la France, on the left and the French side on the right.  The large but short obelisk marking the border with a numeral on it can be seen next to three pedestrians.

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