France in B/W

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Those beautiful cards come from Clotilde from France.

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Paris – Enfant portant un pain, 1920-1930

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Merry Christmas

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Here are all the lovely Christmas cards I received this holiday season.

This one is from Dorota in Ireland.

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This one is from Valentina in Malta.

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This one was a nice surprise from Clotilde in France.

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Another surprise from Beatrice from Lithuania.

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This one is from my pen pal Agnieszka in Poland.

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And here’s a delayed birthday card from Agnieszka. ❤

Martinique #2

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This lovely beach card comes from Christine. 🙂

Martinique is an island in the Lesser Antilles in the eastern Caribbean Sea, with a land area of 1,128 square kilometres and a population of 386,486 inhabitants (as of Jan. 2013). Like Guadeloupe, it is an overseas region of France, consisting of a single overseas department. One of the Windward Islands, it is directly north of Saint Lucia, northwest of Barbados, and south of Dominica.

As with the other overseas departments, Martinique is one of the twenty-seven regions of France (being an overseas region) and an integral part of the French Republic. As part of France, Martinique is part of the European Union, and its currency is the euro. The official language is French, although many of its inhabitants also speak Antillean Creole (Créole Martiniquais).

Réunion

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My first card from Réunion comes from Elena, who’s originally from Spain and just moved to this magical island! 😀

Réunion is a French island with a population of 840,974 inhabitants (as of January 2013) located in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar, about 200 kilometres southwest of Mauritius, the nearest island.

Administratively, Réunion is one of the overseas departments of France. Like the other overseas departments, Réunion is also one of the 27 regions of France (being an overseas region) and an integral part of the Republic with the same status as those situated on the European mainland. Réunion is an outermost region of the European Union and, as an overseas department of France, is part of the Eurozone.

The island is 63 kilometres long; 45 kilometres wide; and covers 2,512 square kilometres. It is similar to the Island of Hawaiʻi as both are located above hotspots in the Earth’s crust.

The island has been designated by Unesco as a protected natural site.

 

 

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.