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1. Posted by imtuesday (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y

Hello everybody!
Do you often send postcards and is it always easy to do?
I'm going to Paris next week just for a few days. I'd love to send a couple of postcarts to my friends when i'm there. What I'm afraid of is that it'll take me long to find a post office. Do you think there's some other way to mail a postcard from Paris? Some online service?
Thanks in advance.

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y

Just ask the hotel staff to point you to the nearest Post Office (Bureau de Poste). It's quick and simple!

3. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 8y

Yes indeed. Check this website of the French postal service La Poste;)

4. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

Most hotel reception desks will also have stamps for sale for their patrons (usually at regular postal rates). If Paris is like most metropolitan cities, it will have postal boxes like we do in the US. Either purchase stamps from the hotel (if available) or the closest post office (as T said, friendly hotel people will point you in the right direction). When you find a great post card - fill it out, stick on a stamp and slip it in a mailbox. Realize, depending on the length of your trip, the post cards will arrive after you're back home. But, what the hey - you're friends will enjoy them!

Side note - e-cards are cool but nothing holds up to getting a real post card by snail mail. It's something your friends can stick on their fridge. I save all of ours in a notebook originally meant for photos.

5. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 8y

Most shops selling postcards sell postage stamps too and the hotel reception usually take the postcards and mail them for you too - well they did for me when l was in South Africa a few weeks back!

6. Posted by imtuesday (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y

thanks! hope there'll be a post office close to the place where i'll be staying. :) otherwise i'm definitely gonna get lost!
i adore sending real postcards. and the longer it takes them to arrive to the destination point the more cute it is )
it's strange but i'v never seen any stamps in those places where i bough post cards. well, maybe next time i should ask if there any...

7. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

If you need them, definitely ask the person behind the counter if they have stamps when you are purchasing your post cards. It's just not a "service" they announce and they may charge a few cents more to cover their time, effort, and stamp expenses. The few times I have gotten stamps that way, I was not charged extra - only the cost of the stamp(s).

8. Posted by imtuesday (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y

a friend of mine has been to paris recently and she says that none of the places where she bought cards sold stamps. :( She also says there are usually long queues at the regular post offices. that's why i'm trying to figure everything out in advance. well, at least i can always send my photo with the Eifel tower by -snip- and my friends will have something to stick to their fridge. but i hope i'll manage to mail regular postcards.

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

9. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 8y

You can also buy stamps at the many tabbaco shops (tabacs). You will definately pass one. Go with the flow is my advice;)

10. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 2001 posts) 8y

The country with the worst stamps has to be the USA, and now that they've taken away all the stamp vending machines, one has to stand in that long line! On top of that mess, the USPS constantly wants more $ for less service (the 42 cent domestic stamp has only been introduced a month or 2 ago, and now I hear its going to 44 cents later in the year). You are very lucky to be going to a pro-postal environment! Your hotel will help you as stated above - it's a simple matter in France.