Wednesday Postcard: Bordeaux, France

Bonjour! This week’s carte postale features four popular attractions in the port city of Bordeaux, located in the Gironde department of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region in southwest France.

This undated postcard was produced by Cartes Postales Elcé (1981-1990)

Pont de pierre

This “stone” bridge over the Garonne River is actually made mainly of brick. Its design consists of 17 arches, which is said to represent the number of letters in the name, Napoleon Bonaparte, the emperor of France who commissioned the bridge.

Cathédrale-Primatiale Saint-André de Bordeaux

This Roman Catholic church is dedicated to St. Andrew and is one of the three main churches of Bordeaux that was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998.

Porte d’Aquitaine

The arch is located on the Place de la Victoire, which is the entrance to the shopping area on Rue Sainte-Catherine.

Pont d’Aquitaine

This steel bridge over the Garonne River is the second-largest suspension bridge in France.

Over the years, I have accumulated hundreds of postcards from around the world, which I’ve either purchased from my local antique shop or received from thoughtful family and friends who know I collect them. When I travel, I also like to send myself a carte postale just for fun!

I hope these postcards will make you want to revisit a favorite vacation spot or to embark on a journey to the destination of your dreams (when it’s safe to travel freely again, of course!)

And if you’ve been to the destination featured, tell me about your experience there – I’d love to hear from you.

Until the next Wednesday Postcard, take care!

Wednesday Postcard: La Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal

Bonjour!

Wednesday Postcard is back this week featuring des cartes postales I bought during my 1998 visit to La Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal (Notre-Dame Basilica) located in Old Montréal, Québec, Canada.

Main Organ of the Basilica

Sacred Heart Chapel

  • Architect James O’Connell designed the Notre-Dame Church in a neo-Gothic style
  • It was built between 1824 and 1829
  • From 1870 to 1900, the parish priest, Victor Rousselot along with Montréal architect, Victor Bourgeau designed the interior to be similar to the décor found in Sainte-Chapelle in Paris
  • In 1982, Notre-Dame Church was raised to the rank of Basilica by Pope John Paul II to recognize its architectural, artistic, historical, and religious value
  • In 1994, Céline Dion and René Angélil were married here

For more information:

La Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal 

Until the next Wednesday Postcard, à bientôt!

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