Growing Champers

Aube, France

Aube, France

I received this map postcard from Tamayre in France. It is of the Aube department in France, which is in the Champagne Region. Aube was named after the Aube River, which runs through it and is home to around 305 000 people. The Aube river is but 1 of the 23 rivers that run through the department. This region was first inhabited in 400 BC and was formally incorporated as a department of France in 1790. Aube’s industries are mostly focused on textiles but it is also the second largest producer of champagne in France. Great to learn about a place that I never knew about. Thanks Tamayre!

It’s all about the Inches

Plouharnel, Brittany, France

Plouharnel, Brittany, France

This 12-inch long beauty comes to me all the way from Dorine in France. Of course I could have said 30cm-beauty but that would not have done well with my play on words. Anyway, it is the largest postcard in my collection and will have to find a home of its own, as the box in which I keep my postcards is too small to accommodate it. As you can imagine with such a long postcard, it got a bit bent, as can be seen at the right side of the picture. Dorine tells me that having grown up so close to the ocean, she feels “oppressed” when she finds herself far from water. As an ending to her message, she tells me that she set the main title from Game of Thrones as her alarm tone, so that the first minutes of every day will be epic. Don’t you just love her? Thank you Dorine for a great and unique postcard!

French Fortune

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

When Sabrina in France asked me to do a direct swap with her, I almost refused as I had arranged a swap with a French girl about 5 minutes earlier. Boy am I glad that I said yes, otherwise I’d never have received this postcard, which now definitely ranks among my favourite postcards ever! Nobody needs to tell anybody what the name of this structure is, unless of course you grew up on Mars. The Eiffel Tower was named after its designer Gustave Eiffel and was completed in 1889 for the World’s Fair. To this day it remains the highest structure in Paris, with a total height of just over 324 meters. In 2010 it was recorded that the Eiffel tower had been visited by approximately 250 million with an additional 7 million people visiting it every year. I’m so happy about this beaut! Thanks Sabrina!

In a Flash from France

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Toulouse, France

At long long last, I received a postcard from France. I have previously sent several postcards to France and never received one in return. That was until Narjiss from Toulouse came along! On this postcard one can see the river La Garonne and its bridge called Le Pont Neuf. Toulouse is famous for being at the heart of the European aerospace industry and is the home of several companies in this field, most notably, Airbus. This must explain why it only took the postcard 4 days to get here instead of the traditional 14 days that I have grown accustomed to.