Bonjour! This week’s carte postale comes from Salem, the state capital of Oregon. My good friend and old college roommate sent it to me during her recent visit to the Beaver State. It reminded me of my visits to Salem many years ago.

For instance, I remember seeing the movie “Mr. Holland’s Opus” at a theater in Salem when it first came out. There was much excitement since parts of the film were filmed in Oregon, in the city of Portland, about 45 miles/ 72 km north of Salem.

Speaking of movies, the 1975 Academy Award-winning “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” which starred Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher, was filmed at Oregon State Hospital.

Willamette University, founded in 1842, is recognized as the oldest university in the western United States. On campus, there is a grove of sequoia trees. I recall standing in the middle of them, looking up, and seeing a star formed by the trees.

At the Book Bin in Salem, I remember perusing stacks of new and used books then buying a gently-used copy of “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” by Czech-French writer, Milan Kundera.

For more information:

The Oregon Encyclopedia – French Prairie

Travel Oregon – Places to Go in Salem

Until the next Wednesday Postcard, à bientôt!