La Tour Eiffel, vol. 2

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Another great card from Maria from Sofia. Again, with awesome stamp! 😀

More than 200,000,000 people have visited the tower since its construction in 1889, including 6,719,200 in 2006. The tower is the most-visited paid monument in the world.

As one of the most iconic images in the world, the Eiffel Tower has been the inspiration for the creation of over 30 duplicates and similar towers around the world.

Paris Métro

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Another great card for my subway map card collection. This one came from Maria in Sofia. And the stamps, oh, the stamps… 😀 Lovely stamps with the Sofia subway. So thoughtful! 😀

The Paris Métro or Métropolitain is a rapid transit system that operates in Paris and Paris Metropolitan Area. The network is mostly underground and runs to 214 kilometres in length. It has 303 stations. There are 16 lines, numbered 1 to 14 with two minor lines, 3bis and 7bis. Paris’s is the second busiest metro system in Europe, after Moscow. The first line opened without ceremony on 19 July 1900, during the World’s Fair (Exposition Universelle). The system expanded quickly until the First World War and the core was complete by the 1920s. Extensions into suburbs (together with Line 11) were built in the 1930s. The network reached saturation after World War II.

La Tour Eiffel

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My very first Eiffel tower postcard is pink, how awesome is that! 😀 This card came as a surprise from Melanie from France.

The Eiffel Tower is an iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris, named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. Erected in 1889 as the entrance arch to the 1889 World’s Fair, it has become both a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The tower is the tallest structure in Paris and the most-visited paid monument in the world.

Lille – Vieille Bourse

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I received this postcard from Lille from the Dudu familiy via Postcrossing. 🙂

It pictures Vieille Bourse, the old stock exchange. It was built by Julien Destrée in 1653 whose commission was to build an exchange to ‘rival that of any great city’. It was also a commission motivated greatly by the persistent ill-health of the Lillois bankers and merchants. Trading had always taken place in the unprotected open air at the Fontaine-au-Change on the Place du Vieux-Marché in all types of weather. As a result the bankers endured regular bouts of flu and colds. By 1651 they had had enough and took their wheezy deputation to the Magistrate. The Magistrate, in sympathy with their cause, put in an application to Philip IV, King of Spain and the Count of Flanders, for a more suitable stock exchange. The result is a quandrangle of 24 privately purchased, ornately decorated yet identical houses surrounding an interior rectangular courtyard where trading could take place. Access into the courtyard is through any one of the four arches located at each of the four sides.