Posts Tagged ‘france’

Postcard number: 65
Bought at: The Natural History Museum, London
Sent to: Martiina in Estonia
Written: 29 August 2013
Sent: 29 August 2013

Front of postcard 65: Wildlife photo from the Natural History Museum

Back of postcard 65: Wildlife photo from the Natural History Museum

Text says:

29 August 2013, London UK

Dear Martiina,

Greetings from London. I can’t believe I managed to find you a postcard with rabbits on it in my collection – I guess it’s a consequence of having so many cards stored up from the past few years!

On my honeymoon in 2006, we visited Paris, seeing the Louvre and Eiffel Tower and joining a rather terrifying (for me at least) night-time bicycle tour through the city streets. We took a train out to Disneyland Paris and loved the rides and the parades and the fact that the weather meant that the queues were fairly short. There were lots of tourists, lots of street sellers, but I don’t think we saw any rabbits. They don’t stand out in my memory anyway, not like the cats and dogs do for our time in Greece.

I did see this photo at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition at the Natural History Museum back in 2011. My daughter was only three months old at the time and I couldn’t get too near the photos with her in the pram (it was so crowded that day!), but I do remember this picture of the rabbits and the streetlights standing out as one of my favourites.

All the best,

I didn’t accidentally run out of space for the address here – Martiina asked that I send her card in an envelope instead. She also said on her Postcrossing profile that she liked used stamps, so I sent her these ones that came from a Christmas package that my parents sent from New Zealand.

New Zealand Stamps


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Postcard number: 050
Bought in: Chester
Sent to: Erin in France
Written: 19 February 2012
Sent: 20 February 2012

Front of postcard 050: Chester

Back of postcard 050: Chester

Text says:

19 February 2012, London UK

Dear Erin,

Our trip to Chester in January last year was the first time we had travelled outside of London with our daughter. She was a month and a half old and, to be honest, we perhaps should’ve chosen somewhere a little closer! Still, my parents were visiting from New Zealand, and Chester was a place they’d loved when they lived in the UK in the 70s, so we thought we’d give it a go.

My husband and I had done quite a bit of traveling before our daughter was born, but were fairly clueless on the topic of holidays with an infant. Would the hotel take a baby? Would we need our own cot? Why did a one month old have more bags than four adults put together?

We learnt a lot on that trip: especially about how much of the city we could realistically expect to see in a day while also attending to a baby’s needs… but I still have wonderful memories of pushing her pram around the city walls and through the cobbled streets of Chester.

All the best,

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Postcard number: 026
Bought in: Menton, France
Sent to: Jellie in The Netherlands
Written: 19 March 2010
Sent: 20 March 2010

Front of postcard 026: Menton, France

Back of postcard 026: Menton, France

Text says:

19 March 2010, London UK

Dear Jellie,


Right, that’s about the limit to my knowledge of the French language but I’ve still enjoyed several trips to the country across the Channel over the past three years.  This postcard comes from our honeymoon tour of Europe in late 2006.  We spent a couple of days in Southern France, taking in Nice, Monaco and Menton.  I added Menton to the itinerary because the iconic New Zealand short-story writer, Katherine Mansfield lived there in the 1920s – and other New Zealand writers continue to use her ‘Villa Isola Bella’ today.

In a moment of literary geekiness (of which I have many) I got my husband to take a picture of me outside the house.  I’m not much of a beach person (unless there’s a storm and crashing waves), but I’m sure I could get used to writing in some French cafe, drinking overpriced coffee and overlooking the Ligurian Sea!  It seems especially tempting during the cold winter months here in London.

Best wishes,

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Postcard number: 002
Bought in: Giverny, France
Sent to: Jenna in Canada
Written: 10 February 2010
Sent: 11 February 2010

Front of postcard 002: Monet's Garden, Giverny

Back of postcard 002: Monet's Garden, Giverny

Text says:

10 February 2010, London UK

Dear Jenna,

This postcard was bought on our trip to Monet’s garden in Giverny, France, last year.  I have to admit that, for most of my life, I associated the name ‘Monet’ with a cafe by that name in Auckland, New Zealand, not far from my high school.  The cafe was a favourite of my mum (for the huge Impressionist-style paintings on the wall) and me (for the delicious hot chocolates!).  However, travelling through Europe and America, I began to notice Monet painting after Money painting, haystacks and the Rouen Cathedral and the water lilies, so it was fascinating to visit the house and garden where Monet lived and worked.  If I was super-wealthy, I’d buy my mum a Monet original that she could hang on the wall of her lounge, but sadly all I could afford on this trip was a postcard for her and this spare which ended up on my postcard pile.  I hope it finds you well over there in Canada and that the rest of 2010 brings lots of good things your way.

Best wishes,

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