Weekend in Deauville

Hi Everybody,

I recently experienced a relaxing weekend at a beach town in Normandie. It’s still cold in France, but it was fun to get away even in winter. Deauville is a pretty, old fashioned beach town, about an hour and a half’s drive from Paris. Lovely beach, some beautiful old hotels, a main street full of shops, and a lively Casino. It was gray and drizzly for most of the weekend, but fun to be there anyway.

I stayed at a beautiful old hotel, which I could easily imagine my grandmother staying at, with flowered wall paper, old furniture, and a view of the ocean. The hotel was immaculate and the service was terrific, and the food was pretty good. And just being near the ocean, and relaxing, I slept like a rock, and took it easy after some very busy and stressful weeks.

I’m not a gambler, but I spent an hour in the casino, both evenings that I was there, and it was fun to watch the people. I played the slot machines the first night, for a very short time, and spent about 20 minutes at the blackjack table the second night, which was fun too. And I quit after a total loss for the weekend of $100.00.┬áBut I thoroughly enjoyed watching the people playing.

There is an American Film Festival in Deauville every September, which I think is fairly well attended, and the cabanas lining the walkway along the beach are each named after a famous American movie star of the past, so there is a certain sense of homage to Hollywood there.

It was just nice to get out of Paris for a few days, much as I love it. But it’s always fun to do something new and different. I had been to Deauville for the day in the past, but had never stayed there. And I’m so glad I did. I just wanted to share the ‘adventure’ with you. It’s a pretty, little beach town, and I always enjoy the beach anywhere, any time of year, even in winter. So that’s what I’ve been up to!!!

Love, Danielle

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  1. Kimberly April 18, 2011 6:12 pm

    Sounds nice!

  2. bernadette April 22, 2011 6:41 am

    sounds relaxing. good for you danielle. have fun and happt easter.

  3. nicolette balaniuc April 22, 2011 12:01 pm

    How wonderful! It is nice that you enjoyed your trip! You deserve it!!!!!

  4. Carole April 23, 2011 2:45 pm

    Was this the town you wrote about in one of your books? As a man followed you to? If I remember correctly you stayed that time too. Was a good one but can’t remember the one. Anyway glad you had a good time

  5. susie April 23, 2011 3:47 pm

    your trip sounds relaxing. Have a happy easter!

  6. ayeelay April 24, 2011 2:19 am

    Dear Danielle,how are you? It is always a delight to hear from you, even tho’ I have only heard you thru your stories. Somehow, I feel that I could hear your thoughts. Your stories are so full of insightful apart from being so mesmerizing, I always learn something more about life in general.
    Your account of your holiday in Europe is so interesting. Be well and happy. Luv ya. Khin

  7. Eddie May 6, 2011 2:06 am

    Danielle,
    Deauville and Trouville have wonderful sandy beaches and make a lovely setting for a family holiday if you have young children. We’ve spent several summers there & I’d recommend others to take a look too.
    Ps – I’m not paid by the local tourist board!