Tuesday, April 7, 2015

F is French Influence in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

For letter "F" -

Formerly a French colony, classical Western architectural style was left in some important buildings in Ho Chi Minh City. Thanks to the French best friend who once lived there for sending me these postcards below. I couldn't label these postcards as well as they were hand delivered to me.

In support of my postcards and stamps hobby, I received this Ho Chi Minh City Post Office postcard. The building was designed by Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, the same designer of the famous iron lattice tower in Champ de Mars.

He knows I am a big fan of Marie Curie, the first woman to win the Nobel Prize. A Polish and naturalized French physicist, her brilliance paved the way for my profession today -- physics in medicine. How appropriate that on the postcard above, I have a view of an entrance to a public high school named after her.

Ho Chi Minh is on the top three in my wishlist of cities to visit this year. Hopefully I could see these buildings in person real soon!



  1. It is a remarkable building. I am surprised it survived the war and yet it was a different kind of war.

  2. That would be awesome to see in person. I hope you make it over this this year or sometime soon.

    Sean at His and Her Hobbies

  3. Hi Maria, I also want to visit Ho Chi Minh City. I happened to meet a young couple from Ho Chi Minh who were attending university here in Seattle. I was fascinated by what they told me about the City, the people, and the customs. I love your postcard with the old car and young couple ... Classic!

  4. Hi Maria ... It's so interesting to see the Western influences .. and also that they recognised the learning available. Ho Chi Minh - looks a fascinating place to visit - and I hope you can fulfil your dream this year .. cheers Hilary

  5. These are beautiful cards! I hope you do get to see Vietnam - it's a country I'd love to visit.

  6. Hi Krissa , you can see the French influence in the design of the ceiling with the arches , beautiful. My husband as been to Ho Chi Minh , must ask him what it is like , xx Great cards xo

  7. I used to collect cards - did you know that makes you a deltiologist? Love that word. Lucky you to be able to do so much travelling. Hope you make it to Ho Chi Minh City.

  8. Hello Maria, to see this postoffice and a lot of other beautiful buildings in the city in real must be fantastic... Hope you have a wonderful time!


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