La Poste, Culturally Speaking


In France, La Poste or The Post Office is much more than just a place to buy stamps. You can also do your banking at the post office, and before the days of mobile phones and phone cards, foreign students used to go to the post office to make their long distance phone calls.

But today, I’m extending a ‘merci infiniment!’ a la Poste upon receiving the news that one jolly old fellow, Bejamin Franklin, will be back in town on December 12 at Chateau de Vincennes, thanks to La Poste who will be underwriting his visit to participate in a celebration of the Marquis de Lafayette’s birthday.
If you’d like to know more about the history of the postal system in France, you can visit the Musee de la Poste where you can see examples of the ‘message trunk’ used for student’s messages back in the middle ages.




France had to wait until 1603 to get a public postal delivery route when Henry IV allowed the royal postal routes to be used by non royals. In addition to a history of postal relay stations in France beginning in Roman times, the Musee de la Poste also has a library containing 25,000 volumes pertaining to stamps and postal history- it’s enough there to go postal. Be sure to check out the temporary exhibit of stamps commemorating rugby in France.

Musée de La Poste
34 boulevard de Vaugirard
75015 Paris
Every day except Sundays and Holidays: 10 am to 6 pm
Tél : 01 42 79 24 24