Wednesday Postcard: Pont Alexandre III in Paris

Bonjour! This week’s carte postale features a watercolor rendering of the Pont Alexandre III in Paris.

During my first visit to Paris in the summer of 1995, I recall taking a break at a food stand located near the base of the Eiffel Tower. I ordered a saucisson-beurre baguette and an Orangina.

As I ate, I examined the handful of Paris postcards I had just bought from nearby vendors. The food stand owner noticed and asked me where I was from. “California,” I told him.

With raised eyebrows, he pointed to a Los Angeles postcard that was taped near the cash register. I shook my head and said, “I’m closer to San Francisco.” He then gave me his business card and asked me if I could send him a postcard from San Francisco.

A man after my own heart! As a fellow collector of postcards, I was naturally happy to oblige.

Shortly after New Year’s, I was pleasantly surprised to receive this beautiful postcard from him featuring the Pont Alexandre III and the Eiffel Tower. It was so thoughtful!

Pont Alexandre III

  • The bridge was built for the World Fair that was held in Paris in 1900
  • It was named after the Russian Tsar, Alexander III by the French government to celebrate Russian-French alliance
  • It connects Les Invalides on the Left Bank of the Seine River to the Grand Palais and the Petit Palais on the Right Bank
  • With its cherubs, winged horses, lamps, and pillars topped with gilded sculptures, the Pont Alexandre III is considered one of the most beautiful bridges in Paris

For more information:

Paris Tourist Info – Pont Alexandre III

Until the next Wednesday Postcard, à bientôt!

Wednesday Postcard: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Photo: L. Fisher / S. Schulhof

Bonjour!

This week’s carte postale features two of the most prominent structures in Victoria, British Columbia in western Canada!

Left: The Empress Hotel

Right: The Parliament Building

For more information:

Tourism Victoria B.C.

Until the next Wednesday Postcard, à bientôt! Stay safe.

Wednesday Postcard: Avenue de l’Opéra in Paris

Bonjour! This week’s carte postale features the Avenue de l’Opéra facing the splendid Palais Garnier opera house.

postmarked August 27, 1923

“Dear F.

…I have found dear old Paris looking just as bright, with weather in favour…

Cheerio, Love B.”

The Avenue de l’Opéra was created in the 1860s by Georges-Eugène Haussmann as part of his Renovation of Paris. It runs between Palais Garnier (as shown above) and the Louvre. There are no trees on the Avenue de l’Opéra since the architect of the opera house, Charles Garnier, wanted a clear view of it.

For more information:

Palais Garnier

Place de l’Opéra

Until the next Wednesday Postcard, à bientôt!

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!

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

we drove past the Place de la Concorde (May 2018)

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. Wanting to protect the area’s “historic visual appearance,” Paris councillors voted against renewing the operator’s license and it closed in July 2018.

Tell me your thoughts: Should there even be a Ferris wheel in Paris? If so, where in Paris?

For more information:

Place de la Concorde – ParisInfo website

Until the next Wednesday Postcard, à bientôt!

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!

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.

This postcard is almost 100 years old and it’s in excellent condition

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 & Sacré-Cœur

Until the next Wednesday Postcard, à bientôt!

Wednesday Postcard: Solvang, California

Bonjour! (Or should I say, Hej, goddag?) This week’s carte postale comes from Solvang, a Danish village located in California’s Central Coast wine country, just north of Santa Barbara.

My family and I spent a weekend in the little town in 2014. On the way over there, I recall suddenly feeling under the weather. Fortunately, I was still able to enjoy the following in Solvang:

Food

  • Breakfast at Olsen’s Danish Village Bakery
  • Æbleskivers (pancake balls) from Solvang Restaurant

Family fun

  • Hans Christian Andersen Park
  • Sunny Fields Park
  • Big red clog in front of the Solvang Shoe Store

Shopping

  • Jule Hus, a year-round Christmas store
  • The Mystic Merchant (At the time, I was exploring the healing qualities of crystals and gemstones. I wrote a post about it here.)

For more information:

Solvang USA – official website

Until the next Wednesday Postcard, à bientôt!

Tell me in the comments below: Have you been to Solvang or other themed towns? If so, which one(s)?

Wednesday Postcard: Mallorca, Spain

Bonjour! This week’s carte postale is from Mallorca, Spain! It’s the largest of the three Balearic Islands, located east of Spain in the Mediterranean Sea.

One of my dearest friends sent me this postcard featuring Port de Pollença (Puerto de Pollensa), which is located on the northern part of Mallorca.

She tells me that the people on this island, also known as Majorca, are very friendly. She and her family also enjoy the ocean, good food, and sunshine there!

For more information:

See Mallorca – official website

Until the next Wednesday Postcard, à bientôt!

Wednesday Postcard: Yosemite National Park

Bonjour! This week’s carte postale features the California Tunnel Tree located in California’s Yosemite National Park:

Photographer – C. Loberg

This giant sequoia was cut in 1895 to allow stagecoaches to pass through the center of the tree. A mature tree can reach a height of about 300 feet/ 91 meters and more than 50 feet/ 15 meters around!

For more information:

Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias – National Park Service website

Until the next Wednesday Postcard, à bientôt!

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!

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

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:

The Grande Cascades are located in Parc de Saint-Cloud

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

Wednesday Postcard: Bainbridge Island, Washington

Bonjour! This week’s carte postale is one I picked up during my recent trip to Seattle:

photo on postcard by Robert McNeely

The vessel shown on the postcard is named Tacoma. Read more about her here.

The Washington State Ferries make over 20 round trips each day from Seattle (Colman Dock/Pier 52) to Bainbridge Island.

For more information:

Washington State Ferries – official website

Until the next Wednesday Postcard, à bientôt!

[Updated: June 2019] If you enjoyed this postcard, you may be interested in my 6-part series, Visiting Seattle