What you are looking at is just another example of why I love the French: Chocolate stamps! For real! You can actually mail a letter through La Poste with these. They don't just look like the most beautiful chocolate bar, complete with foil wrapping, tone on tone artistic relief and beveled edges, but they SMELL like chocolate too! Only in France, I say. Sorry, Canada Post I'd rather have my letters sporting chocolate and pastries than hockey players and bluebirds. I guess I'm not a very good Canadian.
As soon as I read about these my mind started working out a plan- I mean, I knew I HAD to have them. How could I get my hands on some of these? We'll be in France in October but did I want to risk them being out of circulation by then? I think not. I mean, come on, we're talking chocolate stamps here, let's get serious. It turns out I do have a French Connection. I asked DG who has colleagues in the Cote d'Azur if he thought it would be appropriate to ask for a small favour of these gentle Frenchmen, which I have met and seemed like the kind of guys that might indulge an enthusiastic Canadian. As is his way DG made his request rather mockingly and perhaps that's what got results. I'm certain the French love the chance to laugh at an anglophone, and one of them came through for me. Or rather his wife did. In less than 2 days of the request, which is above and beyond my expectations, my wish had been granted. So I'd like to think I do have friends in French places now.
I'm touched and so very excited to have my very own book of chocolate stamps. And in case this gets around to France: Merci beaucoup, Laurent, et à votre belle femme bien sur!