February 21, 2017

2957 FRANCE (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes) - Valence, Drôme

2957 Valence, Drôme - Republic Square with
Hôtel de la Croix D'or (Hotel Golden Cross)
probably in 1960's

Situated on the left bank of the Rhône, about 100km south of Lyon, along the railway line that runs from Paris to Marseille, Valence is often referred to as "the door to the South of France", the local saying à Valence le Midi commence (at Valence the Midi begins) pays tribute to the city's southern culture. Inscribed on the list of flowery towns and villages of France, it is one of the seventeen municipalities of the Rhône-Alpes region to be labeled "four flowers" by the Concours des villes et villages fleuris, i.e. the maximum level.

The commune, founded in 121 BC, after the invasion of Gallia Narbonensis by the Romans, it moved quickly to become the largest crossroad behind Lyon. With its growing importance, Valence gained the status of Roman colony. Over the centuries, the town grew and grew. Today, many vestiges of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, but also from the 17th century, 18th century and 19th century are visible in the city centre. The city is historically attached to the Dauphiné, of which it forms the second largest city after Grenoble.

About the stamps
The first stamp is part of the series Writing feather, composed of six stamps and issued on Novembre 4, 2016.

The second stamp is part of the series The Hearts of Balmain, created by Olivier Rousteing, desingned by Aurélie Barasissued, and issued on January 23, 2017 to celebrate Saint Valentine's Day. Created in 1945 by Pierre Balmain, the couture house arouses an immediate enthusiasm thanks to its unique, audaciously feminine style, called "Jolie Madame". Architectural silhouettes, luxurious materials and sophisticated glamor make up the values of the home today. To artistic direction since 2011, Olivier Rousteing continues to write the history of Balmain by cleverly combining the codes of the house with a contemporary approach inspired by his vision of Pop culture and diversity. In drawing these hearts, he opened the doors of his universe that speaks of beauty, love, sharing, generous luxury.
• 0.73 EUR - It's on the postcard 2969
• 1.46 EUR

Valence, Drôme - Wikipedia

Sender: Abbzzed
Sent from Rochefourchat (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes / France), on 31.01.2017 

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