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Visit to Pointe de Grave lighthouse 25-07-17

In France, Médoc on July 26, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged:

Visit to Pointe de Grave lighthouse 25-07-17 – updated 31st July.

Another dull day Tuesday, so I cycled the few km to the lighthouse museum at Le Verdon. It’s 28 metres (nearly 100 feet) tall so there are good views even on a bad day. It’s quite a climb up a spiral staircase almost to the top, then by two metal ladders. The building dates from 1860 and is still operational, although automatic now.

The ground floor has a small collection of old equipment, models of other lighthouses and ships plus charts, ancient documents and quite a bit of interest. Information is available in English and German although it does help to be able to understand some French.

Sample view

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Port Bloc and the old mole at Le Verdon

I found this picture dated 1939 also taken from the lighthouse, compare with the present day views.

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Other pictures from the top of the lighthouse and also of the dilapidated railway station nearby via the link below.  A very grey day it was!

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Also, this is the location of various monuments to the US forces who came to this area in 1917, to Operation Frankton and to various others of historic fame.

 

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