Wednesday Postcard: Catalina Island

Bonjour! This week’s carte postale features the old Hotel St. Catherine, which was located in the city of Avalon on Catalina Island, off the coast of California. The elegant hotel on Descanso Beach was open from 1918 to 1966. It was a popular vacation destination among celebrities and foreign dignitaries. For more information: Hotel St. Catherine menus from 1926-1930 Visit Catalina Island – official website Until the next Wednesday Postcard, à bientôt! Continue reading Wednesday Postcard: Catalina Island

Wednesday Postcard: Place de la Concorde in Paris

Bonjour! This week’s carte postale features Place de la Concorde in Paris. Over a thousand people were executed by guillotine at this spot during the French Revolution, most notably Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette The Luxor Obelisk was a gift from Egypt and placed in the square in 1836 Between 1836-1846, the square was redesigned by German-born French architect Jacques-Ignace Hittorff. He designed the two fountains, Fontaine des Mers (shown above) and Fontaine des Fleuves For six months each year since 1993, the Roue de Paris Ferris wheel has been operating at the Place de la Concorde. But things have changed. … Continue reading Wednesday Postcard: Place de la Concorde in Paris

Wednesday Postcard: Zurich, Switzerland

Bonjour! This week’s carte postale features St. Peter’s Church in Zurich, Switzerland. Of all the tower clocks in Europe, St. Peter’s has the largest clock face measuring 8.7 meters/ 28.5 feet in diameter! Fun fact: Since there are four national languages, the city’s name is spelled several ways: Zürich/Züri/Zuerich (German) Zurich (French) Zurigo (Italian) Turitg (Romansh) For more information: The Official Zurich City Guide – Zuerich website St. Peter’s Church – MySwitzerland website Until the next Wednesday Postcard, à bientôt! Continue reading Wednesday Postcard: Zurich, Switzerland

Wednesday Postcard: Sacré-Cœur Basilica in Paris

Bonjour! This week’s carte postale features the Sacré-Cœur Basilica in Paris. A big Thank You to Carolyn of Hawkfeather Stories who found this vintage postcard in a little thrift shop and sent it to me. When construction began in the late 19th century, this basilica broke tradition. While other basilicas being built at the time were dedicated to the Virgin Mary (Notre-Dame) in the cities of Lyon, Lourdes, and Marseille, this basilica in Paris was dedicated to the Sacred Heart (Sacré-Cœur). For more information: Sacré-Cœur Basilica If you enjoyed this postcard, you may be interested in my post, Montmartre & … Continue reading Wednesday Postcard: Sacré-Cœur Basilica in Paris

Wednesday Postcard: Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Bonjour! This week’s carte postale shows the casino gardens in Monte-Carlo, Monaco! Located in the French Riviera, Monaco is the second smallest country after Vatican City. When I hear Monte-Carlo, I think of glamour, James Bond movies, the Grand Prix, and the American actress, Grace Kelly, who became Princess of Monaco in 1956 when she married Prince Rainier. For more information: Monaco At a Glance – VisitACity website Until the next Wednesday Postcard, à bientôt! Continue reading Wednesday Postcard: Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Wednesday Postcard: M’Hamid, Morocco

Bonjour! I got this week’s carte postale from an online shop. These sand dunes are in the Erg Chigaga desert, located about 30 miles/ 48 km from the oasis town of M’Hamid El Ghizlane, Morocco in North Africa, near the Algerian border. It’s about an 8-hour drive from Marrakech. Visitors can take tours of the sand dunes by camel and 4×4 vehicles. I’d like to see these sand dunes in person one day! 🐪 Until the next Wednesday Postcard, à bientôt! For more information: M’Hamid – LonelyPlanet website Continue reading Wednesday Postcard: M’Hamid, Morocco

Wednesday Postcard: Saint-Cloud, France

Bonjour! I got this week’s carte postale from an online shop. It’s from Saint-Cloud, which is located in a suburb about 10 km/ 6.2 miles west of Paris: Fun Facts Parts of Sinéad O’Connor’s video for “Nothing Compares 2 U” were filmed in Parc de Saint-Cloud Just south of Parc de Saint-Cloud, in Sèvres, the global standard for the exact mass of one kilogram is housed in a vault at the International Bureau of Weights and Measures Until the next Wednesday Postcard, à bientôt! For more information: The Grand K – AtlasObscura website Saint-Cloud – FranceVoyage website Continue reading Wednesday Postcard: Saint-Cloud, France