Wednesday, May 23, 2012

France II

Eiffel Tower seen from the Seine River, part of the "Paris, Banks of the Seine" World Heritage site. Built for the 1889 World's Fair, the Eiffel Tower doesn't really need much of an introduction. Interestingly, however,  it caused widespread outcry at the time of its construction, with many people calling it an eyesore. Although hard to believe nowadays, when I learned that it was originally painted yellow and sported ads for Michelin tires, I can understand why people might not have been that keen on it at the time.

Definitive rate stamp featuring France's national symbol, Mariane, with the stars of the European Union, and a commemorative stamp featuring the city of Colmar in Alsace. It is considered the capital of Alsatian wine and is also the hometown of Frédéric Bartholdi, designer of the Statue of Liberty.

And a special congratulations to collector SL who just received a card from Sierra Leone, surely one of the most difficult countries from which to receive a card. Way to go!

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