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The Cordouan lighthouse
Yesterday we were in the Medoc area. The Medoc is a small region located on the southern side of the Gironde estuary. Near the mouth of the estuary, there is a still active lighthouse, called the Tour de Cordouan, located 7 kilometres at sea. At a height of 68 m (223 feet), it is one of the tallest lighthouse in the world. Moreover, it is by far the oldest lighthouse in France (built from 1584 to 1611), and, I should add, the most beautiful. It is a Renaissance masterpiece, an amalgam of royal palace, cathedral and fort. It is also extremely useful: it was built to reduce navigation hazard, and specifically to support the Bordeaux wine trade! It was made a historical monument in 1862, at the same time as Notre-Dame de Paris. Although now fully automated, it is still occupied full time by two lighthouse keepers.

#france #médoc #summer #pharedecordouan #cordouanlighthouse #sealovers #360°pics #360degrees #360france #pizzapics built in 1611 in the middle of the sea the Phare du Cardouan is still in function

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Gloomy day, milky sea, fading lighthouse : time to leave.
Back in Paris this evening for two nights. Next station : Corsica, last round of the summer.
#milkysea #cordouanlighthouse #pharedecordouan #lastpic #variations #fading #seaandsky #ocean #gironde

To the lighthouse.
(Tribute to Montaigne, who planned for its construction)
#lighthouse #cordouanlighthouse #phare #phare de cordouan #ocean #gironde #estuary #backlight #contrejour #sandstrip

The difference between the blue
(My parents' place is a mirador)
#gironde #estuary #estuaire #blue #lechay #royan #cordouan #pharedecordouan #cordouanlighthouse #lighthouse

The Cordouan lighthouse
Yesterday we were in the Medoc area. The Medoc is a small region located on the southern side of the Gironde estuary. Near the mouth of the estuary, there is a still active lighthouse, called the Tour de Cordouan, located 7 kilometres at sea. At a height of 68 m (223 feet), it is one of the tallest lighthouse in the world. Moreover, it is by far the oldest lighthouse in France (built from 1584 to 1611), and, I should add, the most beautiful. It is a Renaissance masterpiece, an amalgam of royal palace, cathedral and fort. It is also extremely useful: it was built to reduce navigation hazard, and specifically to support the Bordeaux wine trade! It was made a historical monument in 1862, at the same time as Notre-Dame de Paris. Although now fully automated, it is still occupied full time by two lighthouse keepers.

#france #médoc #summer #pharedecordouan #cordouanlighthouse #sealovers #360°pics #360degrees #360france #pizzapics built in 1611 in the middle of the sea the Phare du Cardouan is still in function

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