An eight-year-old girl who wrote a letter addressed to “Somewhere in Paris, any house” was stunned when she received a reply – from the LOUVRE.
Iris Corbett wrote the note, including ten questions about the famous city, the food, and its culture, after learning about France at school.
She became so determined to find out more about the country after the lesson ended she put pen to paper and wrote a letter directly to the capital city.
Not know who to write to, Iris simply addressed the envelope to “Somewhere in Paris, any house” and popped it in the post with a first class stamp six weeks ago.
Incredibly, she received a letter two weeks ago from the world famous Louvre Museum thanking her for her interest.
The letter answered each of Iris’ questions – including if the Eiffel Tower was lit up every night – and even invited her to visit with her family next year.
Iris, from West Bridgford, Nottingham, said: “I really enjoyed learning about France at school and especially Paris.
“I wanted to know more about their favourite food and the Eiffel Tower so wrote my questions out on paper and put it in an envelope.
“I didn’t know who to address it to so just put ‘Somewhere in Paris, any house’ and hoped it would be delivered somewhere.
“I didn’t know if I would get a reply but was really happy when the Louvre wrote back. I can’t wait to go to Paris and visit the places I have learned about.”
Iris decided to write her letter after her brother, Louis, six, let go of a balloon and mum, Helena suggested it might end up in China.
Iris asked ten questions about the capital, including if the Eiffel Tower was lit up each night, what food was popular in France and how it felt after France’s Euro 2016 final loss.
Father Steven, 47, a business development manager, said: “It’s because she would like to go to Paris but we can’t afford it at the moment.
“She’s also been studying Leonard da Vinci and the Mona Lisa at school.
“We thought we might as well let her send it so she wouldn’t be late to school.”
Mum Helena, 43, who works as an illustrator, added: “Kids have these fantastic, creative ideas; you follow them through and nothing happens.
“I didn’t expect anything back – I really didn’t – we were so surprised and thrilled.”
The Louvre staff told Iris that after the Euro 2016 loss the French were “a bit sad, but you know it’s just a game”.
They assured Iris that the Eiffel Tower is illuminated each night and informed her that the French national dish is coq au vin but “you can have all kinds of meals in Paris”.
They signed off by encouraging Iris to visit the artworks at the Louvre if she ever found herself in the city of love.
The added: “Whenever you’re in Paris, come to the Louvre and be sure to see the nicest pieces of art.”
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