Wednesday, 2 November 2011

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM FRANCE

The Island of Batz is an island located about 2 km (1.2 mi) northwest off Roscoff in Brittany, north-western France and is separated from the mainland by a 10 minute ferry crossing. The island is 3.5km long and 1.5km wide fringed by a 14km coastline with many fine sandy beaches.
The Batz Island Lighthouse is located is located towards the western tip of the island (48° 44' 46" N  04° 01' 39" W) and was built between 1832 and 1836. The 43 m (141 ft) round stone tower rises from the center of a 1-story stone keeper's house and was inaugurated on October 10, 1836. Electrified in 1939 and automated in 1995, the lighthouse offers an extraordinary panoramic view after climbing up its 198 steps to the balcony. Its lantern is located at 67 meters (219 ft) above sea level and has a range of 42km (23 mi).
The French Post issued on April 27, 2009 a miniature sheet with ten self-adhesive stamps depicting beautiful landscapes of Brittany (Bretagne). The stamp on the card shows the main beach (Plage des Grands Sables) in the Groix Island (Île de Groix) and its sands of different colors. It also brings the traditional Marianne stamp (face value 0.10), one of the most proeminent symbols of the French Republic. Thanks a lot, Jean Pierre.

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