Sunday, 13 June 2010

COVER AND LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM FRANCE

Jean Pierre sent me a beautiful envelope with le Phare du Creach in Brittany and  a nice stamp. French Post issued on February, 8th, 2010 two stamps celebrating the 2010 Winter Olympics, held on February 12–28, 2010, in Vancouver, Canada. The stamps (face value 0,85 €) present two Olympic sports: alpine skiing and figure skating.

The Créac'h lighthouse (in French: Phare du Creach) is a lighthouse located at the northwestern tip of the Île d'Ouessant, an island in the English Channel which marks the north-westernmost point of metropolitan France, in the Finistère department. The 55 m (180 ft) round stone tower painted with black and white horizontal bands, rises from a 2-story keeper's house complex. This is one of France's greatest and most important lighthouses: built in 1863, the original lantern was replaced in 1888 and again in 1939. The actual lantern is one of the world's most powerful lights, visible for more than 60 km (37.5 mi). The lighthouse houses a museum exhibiting a wide collection of Fresnel lenses and other equipment.

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