Phare de la Vieille is one of the most famous French lighthouses. This tower is built on a rock that half way from mainland to Île-de-Sein. In big sea storms, waves crash against the lighthouse and seem to swallow it – but La Vieille always keeps working.
Cordouan lighthouse is an active lighthouse located 7 kilometres at sea, near the mouth of the Gironde estuary in France. At a height of 223 feet, it is the tenth-tallest "traditional lighthouse" in the world. Photo: by Phillip Plisson