Friday, 27 August 2010

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM FRANCE

Belle-Île-en-Mer is a French island off the coast of Brittany (located about 13 km south of Quiberon) in the département of Morbihan, and the largest of Brittany's islands. The coasts are a mixture between dangerously sharp cliff edges on the southwest side, placid beaches and navigable harbours on the northeast side. Pointe des Poulains Lighthouse is located on a small islet just off the northwestern point of Belle-Île and was built in 1868. It is an 18 m (59 ft) square cylindrical masonry tower rising from the front of a 1-1/2 story stone keeper's house. The lighthouse was converted to solar power in 1999 and is an active aid to navigation: there are four lighthouses on the island.

The year 1960 saw independence sweep across much of Africa. Fourteen countries ceased to be French colonies: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Gabon, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Chad and Togo. French Post marks the fiftieth anniversary of the independence issuing a stamp on July 15, 2010. The 0, 87 € stamp highlights the Franco-African relations (diplomatic, military, economic and cultural) and enhance the role and place of Africans in France. Thank you, Jean Pierre.

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