Tuesday, 31 August 2010


This is a regional prepaid envelope issued in 2007 marking the 300th anniversary of the death of the Marquis de Vauban, French Marshall and military engineer. This series consists of five rectangular envelopes pre-stamped with the stamp “Vauban "(April 3, 2007). The envelope shows a view of the port of Camaret-sur-Mer and the Tour Vauban or Tour Dorée, a historic fortification built in 1669-94. In 2008, the Tour Dorée was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as part of the "Fortifications of Vauban" group.
Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands, located off the west coast of Normandy, France and is a British Crown Dependency. La Corbière Lighthouse is perched atop a rock just off the southwestern tip of Jersey in St. Brelade. It was lit on 24 April, 1874, for the first time, and was the first lighthouse in the British Isles to be built of reinforced concrete. The 19 m (62 ft) white concrete block tower was automated in 1976 and is one of the most photographed landmarks in Jersey, a popular tourist site for its panoramic views. A causeway links the lighthouse to shore at low tide and there is an alarm to warn visitors to clear the causeway as the tide rises. The lighthouse at La Corbière features on the Jersey 5 pound note and the Jersey 20 pence piece. Thanks a lot, Jean Pierre for my first Jersey postcard.

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