Friday, June 18, 2010

Postcard from Dijon, France ...

Merci David pour la carte postale de votre ville natale ;-))) The postcard was sent on 12 June and took 6 days to arrive in Singapore, from the city of Dijon, the capital of Côte-d'Or département and of the Burgundy region.

Two stamps were franked on the postcard:

0,56 EUR - Joint issue France-Monaco on Institut de Paléontologie Humaine (IPH), Paris. IPH is a research foundation in the fields of prehistory, human palaeontology, etc. The main founders are Prince Monaco - Albert I and the Abbé Breuil. Both are represented on the stamp as well as the IPH building and the Grimaldi caves (near France-Italy border). Created in 1910, the IPH celebrates its centenary this year. This commemoration gives rise to a joint issue France-Monaco. The stamp was issued on 1st June.

0,70 EUR - Europa stamp with theme of "les livres pour enfants" (or Books for Children). The stamp was issued on 10 May.

The postcard above shows the night view of the famous "Palais des ducs de Bourgogne" (or Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy) in Dijon, which was built in the 17th and 18th centuries and held the estates of Burgundy. Today, it houses the city's town hall and musée des Beaux-Arts. The following is how it looks like during daytime, from a picture taken from the internet.

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