The Loire Valley is understandably best known for the wonderful châteaux built along the banks, many of the most impressive ones dating from when the French kings started building their own here. But the whole of the mid-section of the Loire Valley, between Sully sur Loire and Chalonnes sur Loire, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
As the committee said the area is made up of "historic cities and villages, great architectural monuments - the Châteaux - and lands that have been cultivated and shaped by centuries of interaction between local populations and their physical environment, in particular the Loire itself".
People tend to forget everything other than the most famous châteaux but there is far more to the area. Here are three cards to celebrate the river itself which shaped the history of the Garden of France.
This is a post for Postcard Friendship Friday hosted on Beth Niquette's blog The Best Hearts are Crunchy.