December 27, 2015

2159 FRANCE (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes) - Isère Department

Isère, named after the river Isère, is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790, from a part of the former province of Dauphiné. Its area has been reduced twice, in 1852 and again in 1967, on both occasions losing territory to the department of Rhône. Now it is part of the region of Rhône-Alpes. The capital of the department is Grenoble, known as the "Capital of the Alps". The  Grande Chartreuse, located 14 miles north of Grenoble, is the mother abbey of the Carthusian order

Isère includes a part of the French Alps, and features many ski resorts, including the Alpe d'Huez, Les Deux Alpes, the 1968 Winter Olympics resorts of Chamrousse, Villard de Lans, Autrans. The highest point in the department is the Sub-Peak "Pic Lory" at 4,088m. The summit of La Meije at 3,988m is also very known. The Vercors Plateau dominates the west of the department. Isère was also the name of the French ship which delivered the 214 boxes holding the Statue of Liberty.

About the stamps

The first stamp is part of the series The senses - The sight, issued on September 28, 2015, which explore the view, literally and figuratively. These stamps explore the sight, literally and figuratively, twelve views.
• Chambre avec vue
• A ma vue - It's on the postcard 2084
• Vue imprenable - It's on the postcard 2646
• A vue de nez - It's on the postcard 2237
• Terre en vue
• A vue d'oeil - It's on the postcard 2159
• Vue plongeante
• A perte de vue
• Déjà vue
• Jumelles en vue
• Ni vue, ni connue
• Vue de l'esprit

The last stamp is part of the series Happy New Year!, about which I wrote here.

Isère - Wikipedia

Sender: Papa Diop
Sent from ??? (??? / France), on 03.12.2015

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