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
Bonjour! This week’s carte postale features the Avenue de l’Opéra facing the splendid Palais Garnier opera house.
postmarked August 27, 1923
…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.
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:
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).
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! 🐪