"Indeed they were very close to the Lighthouse now. There it loomed up, stark and straight, glaring white and black ... "
But alas, they were not allowed to enter, as someone (not the lighthouse keeper, she hoped) was practising his abseiling technique. Another day, she thought, another day ...
(First paragraph by Virginia Woolf, second paragraph by Anairam.)
Slangkop lighthouse - Kommetjie, Cape Town