Monday, 1 March 2010

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARDS FROM FRANCE

My French friend Morgane sent me lighthouse cards from Bretagne and part of them I have already posted here last February 9th. More lights: Phare de la Vieille (Vieille lighthouse) is a lighthouse in the département of Finistère on the northwest coast of France. Built between 1882 and 1887 on the rock known as la Gorlebella , it illuminates and improves the safety of the strait Raz de Sein. The 27m (89 ft) square granite tower is located in a remote position in rough seas. In 1995, it became the second to last French lighthouse to be automated, a process delayed due to the lighthouse keepers on the site refusing in protest to carry out the task.

La Perdrix lighthouse is located at the mouth of the Pont-l'Abbé river estuary, between Loctudy and Île Tudy in Brittanny, France. The 18 m (59 ft) octagonal concrete tower painted in a black and white checkerboard pattern was built in 1915. The Bureau des Phares et Balises planned to demolish the lighthouse, but the neighboring towns of Île Tudy and Loctudy intervened to take control of the lighthouse and maintain it at their expense as a daybeacon. In 2002 the towns restored the lighthouse and installed a replica lantern. The four ports of the Penmarc'h peninsula are specialized in langoustines fishing and constitute the largest fishery in France.

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