The World On My Doorstep

An ever-expanding postcard blog

Pornic

 

Scan 7 - Version 3This great card comes from Lorelei in France and shows the city of Pornic, famous for its beautiful beaches. Unsurprisingly, it is a big tourist spot and actually is not that far, geographically, from the Channel Islands. When its sunny, Lorelei says she likes to wander by the sea and eat yummy crepes, which, of course, the French are very famous for!

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Taizé

 

Scan - Version 3From David in Germany I received this card from one of his holidays in France. Taizé is a centre of Christian pilgrimage, visited mostly by young people as a sacred space of trust and community. Founded by Frere Roger in the 1940s, this beautiful place in Burgundy welcomes around 100,000 pilgrims a year. Wonderful card. Lucky David for visiting this place!

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Espace Killy

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This snowy scene comes from my boyfriend Nick who was on a skiing holiday in France. This shows the ski area of Espace Killy at 2763m high and was named after skier Jean-Claude Killy. Espace Killy stretches over two resorts in the French Alps, one of which, Val d’Isere, was where Nick was staying. The area is very popular with skiers and attracts hundreds of wannabe Olympians every year. Great card!

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Saint Malo

postcards2_2_3From one of my best friends, Maija, on holiday in Saint Malo, France, I received this beautiful card. A lot of people in Guernsey visit Saint Malo since there is a direct ferry, but for those of you who don’t know, Saint Malo is an old walled city on the coast of Brittany, dating back to the Middle Ages and this card shows the main castle and National Fort. I’ve never been, but would really love to! Maija tells me she has indulged herself in walks, wine, eating cakes, eating seafood and more wine! Lucky girl!

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Stunning Cantal

postcards_3I can’t believe this spectacular photo was taken in France! This beautiful card comes from Isabelle, who has written to me in French (and I didn’t even need to use google translate! How proud I feel!) and tells me of her love of the nature which surrounds her. I cannot express how lucky I think she is to live in a place like this. Thankfully, she takes full advantage of it, walking and enjoying the tranquility of nature and birdsong. How lucky you are, Isabelle!

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Monet’s Garden

postcards_2I received this pretty card from my friend Dan on his holiday in France, it shows one of the 250 paintings that make up Monet’s ‘Water Lilies’ series – painted in his garden in Giverny which Dan visited. Monet, one of the most famous artists of all time, lived from 1840-1926 and I really think his work is beautiful! Thank you Dan!

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French Canals

FrenchCanalsThere is something about canals that I really love – perhaps because my hometown has one running right through it, so they bring back great childhood memories. I don’t know, but anyway, I really love this card from British Chris who now lives in the Burgundy region of France, near the Loire river. He also says that the area is also full of forests, lakes and rivers – sounds lovely!

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Saint Michael’s Mount

SaintMichael'sMountThis absolutely stunning card comes from Qingqing in France (I just love her name! It’s so pretty!) and shows Saint Michael’s Mount – a tidal island 1km off the French coast.  Scenery like this always amazes me and I’m so happy to receive this card! Qingqing wishes me a happy birthday and tells me she used to live in Normandy (where Saint Michael’s Mount is located). I just got back from a week’s holiday in the UK so it was wonderful to get so many new cards with some beautiful images like this amongst them!

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Vintage Paris

ParisVintageI really love this vintage-style card from Alexandra in France who tells me (in French) that she lives in Fontainebleau but that she loves Paris and the Eiffel Tower – it is definitely a beautiful city and I love this unusual view of it!

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Oradour-Sur-Glane

OradourSurGlaneAt first glance I mistook this for a French chateau, but actually, this fantastic card from Jean-Michel in France, shows the village of Oradour-Sur-Glane which was attacked and razed to the ground, with its inhabitants being massacred horrifically during WW2. As a memorial, the village now remains preserved in its ruined state. How fascinating! Jean-Michel tells me he visited last summer and it made a big impression on him. Unsurprising really! This card also boosted my ego as it’s written in French and I understood it all! Yay!

Edit: I made an error in my previous post on this as I misread something online, thinking it had been bombed. I’d like to thank Dennis Aubrey for commenting and putting me right!

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