Deauville known as the Lady of the French Coast. A glamorous seaside resort. Dreamed as ‘a kingdom of elegance’ near Paris. By Auguste de Morny and Doctor Olliffe. Sponsored by Donon and designed by Breney. It came out of the sand between 1860 and 1864 with its first villas, a hippodrome and the train link to Paris.
It was a symbol of elegance. Prestige and sophistication in the ‘Belle Epoque’. Throughout the ‘Golden Twenties’ and for decades to come. Chanel had one of her first boutiques here. Same as her eternal competitor, Paul Poiret.
The lovely town has half timbered houses. Ornamented buildings. Turn-of-the-century villas. Exquisite boutiques. Crowded cafes and organic markets. It slightly reminds me of District 16th in Paris.
Classy and dazzling even, or especially, on the weekend mornings. When all cafes are overcrowded with fashionably dressed people sipping coffee and eating croissants with marmalade.
On the other side of the River Touques from Deauville stands its less formal twin city Trouville. It is a picturesque port on the ‘Cote Fleurie’ with a harbor filled with architectural gems.
Always buzzing with many restaurants. Terraces and grills where you can feast on the fresh seafood.
It is a town where every day life is still lined with the sea by an outstanding fish market along the bank.
With outstanding villas, churches and Hotel de Ville. I will always associate this delightful town with relaxation, evening liveliness and fine food.
Both of the cities hold casinos which are extremely popular with both. The locals and tourists. We paid a visit to Deauville Casino one evening. But it was highly disappointing as usual. I had the same feeling like in Las Vegas! I always expect more razzle dazzle and prestigious sophistication. Oh, well! I guess Monte Carlo is the only suitable place for me to gamble.
Despite not having the best weather. Deauville was an ideal setting for my ‘far from the hustle and bustle’ weekend. My walks along the Promenade and the beaches with colourful sun umbrellas been accompanied by the never-going-out-of-my-head theme music from ‘Un homme et une femme’ movie be Claude Lelouch.
Comme nos voix ba da ba da da da da da da….Chantent tout bas ba da ba da da da da da da…..Nos cœurs y voient ba da ba da da da da da da….