Mail Art Exhibition at SFMOMA

At the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), a recent exhibition featured the work of over 20 international artists to illustrate how images have been created and sent out to the world from the 1880s to the present day. Here are a few snaps I took that I’d like to share from the “snap+share: transmitting photographs from mail art to social networks” exhibition: In 2009, David Horvitz took a picture of his head in a freezer, posted it online, and encouraged others to do the same using the hashtag #241543903. You could say it was the start of memes … Continue reading Mail Art Exhibition at SFMOMA

Wednesday Postcard: Alcatraz Island

Bonjour! This week’s carte postale features Alcatraz Island, which is located in the San Francisco Bay! – Alcatraz is the Spanish word for pelican – This small island was once a fort and a military prison – From 1934 to 1963, “The Rock” was a maximum security federal penitentiary For more information: Alcatraz Island – National Park Service Alcatraz at a Glance – Parks Conservancy website Until the next Wednesday Postcard, à bientôt! Continue reading Wednesday Postcard: Alcatraz Island

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: Marseille, France

Bonjour! I got this week’s carte postale from an online shop. Located in the South of France, Marseille is the second largest city in France after Paris. One of the things it’s known for is bouillabaisse, a Provençal seafood stew. The postcard depicts La Canebière (or La Cannebière), the main street that runs about 1 km/ 0.62 miles from the Old Port of Marseille to the old quarter. Until the next Wednesday Postcard, à bientôt! For more information: Tourism Office of Marseille   Continue reading Wednesday Postcard: Marseille, France

Wednesday Postcard: Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris, France

Bonjour! This week’s carte postale is one I picked up during my visit to Paris: Notre-Dame de Paris is a medieval Catholic cathedral that was built in the French Gothic style during the years 1163 – 1345. With over 13 million visitors each year, Notre-Dame is the most visited monument in Paris. Notre-Dame suffered major damage to its roof and lost its spire when it was engulfed in a fire that broke out in the early evening hours of April 15, 2019. Until the next Wednesday Postcard, à bientôt! For more information: Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris If you enjoyed this … Continue reading Wednesday Postcard: Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris, France

Wednesday Postcard: Saint Martin

Bonjour! This week’s carte postale was sent to me by one of my friends during her visit to the Caribbean island of Saint Martin: St. Martin is an island nation divided between France and The Netherlands. The French side is on the north while the Dutch side, Sint Maarten, is on the southern half. On September 6, 2017, St. Martin suffered one of the worst natural disasters of its history with the passage of Hurricane Irma. The St. Martin Tourist Office President states, “St. Martin is working hard on the sustainable reconstruction of the island.” Until the next Wednesday Postcard, … Continue reading Wednesday Postcard: Saint Martin

Wednesday Postcard: Carcassonne, France

Bonjour! I got this week’s carte postale from an online shop. Carcassonne is located in the south of France about 80 km/ 50 miles east of Toulouse in the Occitanie region. It’s known for its medieval fortress, which was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1997. Until the next Wednesday Postcard, à bientôt! For more information: Tourism Office of Carcassonne Continue reading Wednesday Postcard: Carcassonne, France

Wednesday Postcard: Rennes, France

Bonjour! I got this week’s carte postale from an online shop. Year is unknown, but this postcard was sent to its recipient on this day (March 27) Rennes is the capital of the Brittany (Bretagne) region in northwest France. For more information: France Today – Explore the City of Rennes Until the next Wednesday Postcard, à bientôt! If you enjoyed this postcard, you may be interested in reading my post, Meeting the Author: Mark Greenside. He is an American writer who has written books about his experiences living in the Brittany region of France. Continue reading Wednesday Postcard: Rennes, France

Wednesday Postcard: Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia

Bonjour! This week’s carte postale was sent to me by my cousin who visited Tunisia in North Africa: Known for its blue and white buildings, the city of Sidi Bou Said is located on a hill about 20 km/12.4 miles northeast of Tunis, the capital of Tunisia. Until the next Wednesday Postcard, à bientôt! For more information: Sidi Bou Said Travel Guide by Tourism Tunisia Continue reading Wednesday Postcard: Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia

Wednesday Postcard: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Bonjour! I bought this week’s carte postale from a shop at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) during a brief layover: Until the next Wednesday Postcard, à bientôt! For more information: Mardi Gras New Orleans New Orleans If you enjoyed this postcard, you may be interested in reading my post about beignets. Continue reading Wednesday Postcard: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Wednesday Postcard: Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France

Bonjour! This week’s carte postale was sent to me by a relative who visited this medieval town near Nice on the French Riviera: I received this postcard in 2010. In 2011, the name of the city was changed to Saint-Paul-de-Vence. Until the next Wednesday Postcard, à bientôt! For more information: Provence Web – Saint-Paul-de-Vence Continue reading Wednesday Postcard: Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France

Wednesday Postcard: Expo 67 in Montréal, Québec, Canada

Bonjour! I got this week’s carte postale from a local used-book shop. Someone sent “Doty” this postcard from the World Fair, or International and Universal Exposition, that was held in Montréal, Québec, Canada from April 27 to October 29, 1967. Until the next Wednesday Postcard, à bientôt! For more information: Expo 67 – the World Fair of Montréal Continue reading Wednesday Postcard: Expo 67 in Montréal, Québec, Canada

Wednesday Postcard: Lille, Maine, USA

Bonjour! I got this week’s carte postale from a local used-book shop. I had heard of cities in France and Belgium named Lille, but I didn’t know there was one in the state of Maine in the United States! There are fewer than 500 people who reside in this town by the St. John River, which I’m presuming is the image depicted here. Across the river is New Brunswick, Canada! Until the next Wednesday Postcard, à bientôt! For more information: National Park Service – Maine Acadian Culture Continue reading Wednesday Postcard: Lille, Maine, USA