Deauville - Trouville

Whether it’s browsing the Normandy fish market, mixing with the high-rollers at Deauville and Trouville, or strolling the D-Day beaches north of Bayeux, this is one part of France that will stay with you long after you leave for home.

Twin towns on the beach, divided only by the River Touques, Deauville and Trouville compete for the title of Most Extravagant Norman Town.

Trouville retains some semblance of normal life behind the scenesand and is the oldest seaside resort in France. Trouville-sur-Mer borders Deauville. This village of fishermen is a popular tourist attraction in Normandy.

With its high-price hotels, designer boutiques, and one of the smartest gilt-edge casinos in Europe, Deauville is often jokingly called Paris's 21st arrondissement. Although Deauville is trying to be for the Channel what Cannes is to the Mediterranean, its American Film Festival in the first week of September couldn't be more different as it is open to all, and still attracts Hollywood stars. The Promenade des Planches by the beach is another place to spot glamorous people walking their tiny dogs before heading off to swim in one of the private huts.

The colorful port town of Honfleur, full of half-timber houses and cobbled streets, was once an important departure point for maritime expeditions. It’s located on the southern bank of the estuary of the Seine, across from le Havre and very close to the exit of the Pont de Normandie. Honfleur is especially known for its old, beautiful picturesque port, characterized by its houses with slate-covered frontages, painted many times by artists.

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