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. But 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!!!