Lighthouse Fort de Brescu

I spotted Bren Ryan’s “Photo for the Week – 4 – Lighthouse” challenge, and was certain that I had a lighthouse picture.

I found these two, from our little trip to France last year. We took a day trip to Cap d’Agde, which actually gave us just a few hours there. We chose to take a boat trip from the harbour, up the Herault River through part of the town of Agde, then back around the fort. A great to spend the day!

Cap d’Agde

Cap d’Agde is a seaside resort in the historic town of Agde in France, on the Herault River, which, in turn, connects to the Canal du Midi.  Cap d’Agde is better known for its naturist village (which we didn’t visit).

Cap d’Agde is accessible via the TGV SNCF train services from Paris or Lille, or by air through Beziers or Montpellier.

Fort de Brescu

Fort de Brescu is located off Cap d’Agde in France. Originally intended, by Cardinal de Richelieu, to be the entrance to a port, it was built in 1586, but destroyed in 1632. Rebuilt for defence in 1680, it was used as a prison in the 18th century.  I’m guessing that the lighthouse was added much later.

Photography

This trip to France was a good test of that great little travel camera, the Panasonic Lumix TZ100. I deliberately left my DSLR at home. I have to say I am pleased with the results.

A touch of cropping and processing in Snapseed finished the shots off and ease the bright white highlight on the lighthouse.

Fort de Brescu, off Capd' Agde, France
Fort de Brescu, near cap d’Agde, France.

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Lighthouse - Fort de Brescu at Capd'Agde in France
Footsteps in the Sand at Blue Bayou beach, Valras Plage

Footsteps in the Sand after Sunrise

Late May in the Lanquedoc-Rousillon area of France can be windy and cold. But the sun shines. The sunsets and sunrises are great, well worth the early start. On this morning I caught a decent sunrise. On my way back to camp I noticed the effect of the golden hour light at a low angle on my footsteps on the beach. This was taken during our May visit to the area – see Big Blue Sky over Valras Plage.

 

via Instagram http://ift.tt/2rITUdh (Shown on Instagram as taken at sunset. That’s a mistake – it was actually taken in the morning golden hour)
A view of Beach and sky with Valras Plage on the horizon. Near Blue Bayou.

Big Blue Sky over Valras Plage

A big blue sky over the Mediterranean. Valras Plage is the town on the left.

Valras Plage is in the Lanquedoc-Rousillon area of France, near the historic city of Beziers.