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Post offices, or PTT, are scattered throughout every arrondissement and are recognizable by a yellow "La Poste" sign. They're usually open weekdays 8-7, Saturday 8-noon. Airmail letters or postcards usually take at least five days to reach North America. When shipping home antiques or art, request assistance from the dealer, who can usually handle the customs paperwork for you or recommend a licensed shipping company.
Airmail letters and postcards to the United States and Canada cost €0.89 for 20 grams, €1.75 for 50 grams, and €2.35 for 100 grams. Stamps can be bought in post offices and cafés displaying a red "Tabac" sign.
If you're uncertain where you'll be staying, have mail sent to American Express (if you're a card member) or to "poste restante" at any post office.
Champs-Élysées office. Champs-Élysées office, Monday to Saturday, open until 7 pm. 10 rue Balzac, 8e, Paris.
Main office. Main office, open 24 hours, 7 days a week. 52 rue du Louvre, 1er, Paris.
Sending overnight mail from Paris is relatively easy. Besides DHL, Federal Express, and UPS, the French post office has an overnight mail service called Chronopost that has special prepaid boxes for international use (and also boxes specifically made to mail wine). All agencies listed can be used as drop-off points, and all have information in English.
DHL (6 rue des Colonnes, 2e, Paris. 08-20-20-25-25. www.dhl.com. 59 av. Iena, 16e. 01-45-01-91-00.)
Federal Express (63 bd. Haussmann, 8e, Paris. 01-40-06-90-16. www.fedex.com/fr.)
UPS (34 bd. Malesherbes, 8e, Paris. 08-21-23-38-77. www.ups.com. 107 rue Reaumur, 2e. 08-00-87-78-77.)
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