Letterboxing in Paris

December 8, 2011

Our European letterboxing experiences have been pretty limited. Over the past three years in Europe, we have only been able to hunt for letterboxes on three of our trips: Dartmoor was the highlight, Venice was fun, and Munich turned out to be very expensive. Letterboxing just isn't as big here as it is in the States, but that doesn't stop us from hoping that we'll find more. Whenever we are planning a trip, we always do a quick search on Atlas Quest. Those searches are usually very short and/or the boxes are no longer active. 

But that wasn't the case with our recent trip to Paris! Not only was the list of Parisian letterboxes impressively long for a European destination, a majority of the boxes seemed to be quite active, and many of them are located in interesting spots(like the stamp in the first pic which is near the Louvre Pyramid).  Letterboxing in Paris also gave us the opportunity to use the Box Finder app (which I am pretty sure I learned about from Emily last year). What a handy little tool. If you are headed to Paris, be sure to add a few letterboxes to your to-do list. It is a fun way to explore a new place, plus it gives you the chance to bring home some very unique souvenirs and travel stories. I love that our letterbox book has stamps from different parts of the world.
Anonymous said...

Wonderful! I'm inspired to do a little letterboxing after a long break, and will check out that app.

Emily M. said...

oooh!!! very cool. will keep this in mind for our next trip to paris. :) can't wait to go letterboxing in dartmoor someday.

so, in regards to austria, we never made it there, unfortunately. extra sad, being that The Sound of Music is my favorite movie! we do however have some friends with kids about the age of yours who have been. i've asked for tips, and will pass on anything i learn!

the pirate doubloons are from the great american coin company. http://www.greatamericancoincompany.com/
they have lots of cool coins and treasure accessories.

likeschocolate said...

I think it is so cool that you guys do this. I think when we come over this year that we are going to have to try this with our children. I am sure they would get a big kick out of it!

Lisa said...

I had never heard of letterboxing - looks like a great thing to do with the kids.

Terumi said...

I'm so intrigued! I've never heard of letterboxing and I wonder if they have it in Seattle. This looks like so much fun and my guy love stamps!

Dim Sum, Bagels, and Crawfish said...

Yes!!! Give letterboxing a try. It is a great family activity and fun even without kids...who doesn't love a good hunt and the discovery of cool, handmade stamps?

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