December 20 2012 5 20 /12 /December /2012 09:22
The lighthouse, which stands on the northwestern extremity of the Cotentin peninsula, is one of the tallest in France (71 meters). The light has a range of 56 kilometers, and the radio beacon, installed in the small 18th century semaphore, guides ships into Le Havre. From the top (up 365 steps and past 52 windows) there is a wonderous panorama stretching over the east coast of the Cotentin peninsula, St-Marcouf Islands, Veys Bay and, in clear weather, the cliffs at Grandcamp. The most astonishing sight is the granite tableland as it gradually dips into the sea and disappears in the distance. The shallow waters and swift currents have caused many a ship to founder, including la Blanche-Nef (White Ship) in 1120, with the heir of Henry I of England, William Atheling, one of the king's daughters and 300 members of the Anglo-Norman nobility on board..
Published by The Baguette - in Cotentin