September 22, 2016

2168, 2185, 2765 FRANCE (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes) - Belledonne

2168 Belledonne range

Posted on 30.12.2015, 03.01.2016, 22.09.2016
Belledonne is a mountain range in the Dauphiné Alps (part of the French Alps) in southeast France, noted for the spectacular scenery, numerous ski areas, interesting geology, and a diverse range of alpine land types and uses. The southern end of the range forms the eastern wall of the mountains that surround the city of Grenoble. The highest point is the Grand Pic de Belledonne (2,977m).

2185 Lakes in Belledonne range

The range is delineated by several valleys, including the Grésivaudan Valley on the west, the Arc River to the north and the Romanche River to the south. The range counts dozens of peaks over 2,500m, more than 10 glaciers, and many alpine lakes. The Pas de la Coche pass is the only natural break point in the range, which is believed that Hannibal to have passed when he crossed the Alps with his army.

2765 Achard Lake in Belledonne range

The mountains are home to marmots, chamois, ibex mountain goats and grouse. Reportedly, wolves have returned since 1998, coming from Italy and the press regularly echoes complaints from shepherds about wolves attacking their sheep. The ibex had completely disappeared, but early 1983, 13 females and 7 males were brought in from Switzerland and by spring 2002, their population had risen to 900 heads.

About the stamps
On the postcard 2168

The stamps are part of the series 50 years of the Cinematheque, issued on September 22, 1986. The Cinémathèque Française holds one of the largest archives of films, movie documents and film-related objects in the world. Located in Paris, the Cinémathèque offers daily screenings of films from around the world.
• Louis Feuillade - Les vampires (2,2 FRF) - It's on the postcard 2168
• Max Linder (2,2 FRF) - It's on the postcard 2168
• Sacha Guitry - Le roman d'un tricheur (2,2 FRF) - It's on the postcard 2168
• Jean Renoir - La grande illusion (2,2 FRF) - It's on the postcard 2168
• Marcel Pagnol - La femme du boulanger (2,2 FRF) - It's on the postcard 2168
• Jean Epstein - La glace à 3 faces (2,2 FRF) - It's on the postcard 2168
• René Clair - Les belles de nuit (2,2 FRF)
• Jean Grémillon - Gueule d'amour (2,2 FRF)
• Jacques Becker - Casque d'Or (2,2 FRF)
• François Truffaut - L'enfant sauvage (2,2 FRF)

On the postcard 2185

The first stamp is one of the two issued on September 26, 1966 by France for Europa Stamps 1966, with the theme Symbolic Ship. Designed by German brothers Josef and Gregor Bender, they represent CEPT steady progress on a Calm Sea. 
blue (0.30 FRF)
red (0.60 FRF) - It's on the postcard 2185

The last stamp is part of the definitive series Marianne et l'Europe, about which I wrote here.

On the postcard 2765

The first stamp, designed by Pierre Béquet and issued on September 26, 1994, depicts Parc de Saint-Cloud (Hauts-de-Seine) - La grande cascade. The second stamp is part of the series Liberté de Gandon d'après Delacroix, about which I wrote here.

Belledonne - Wikipedia

Sender 2168: Afalyys
Sent from La Morte (Rhône-Alpes / France), on 06.12.2015
Sender 2185: Jean-Yves Gerlat
Sent from Meylan (Rhône-Alpes / France), on 02.12.2015
Photo: Hemon
Sender 2765: Jean-Yves Gerlat
Sent from Montbonnot-Saint-Martin (Rhône-Alpes / France), on 08.09.2016

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