Hit the beach...in October
The beach is great. We were there at low tide, and there was acres of it!
They obviously keep it clean, and were working on it while we were there.
Plenty of car parking around.
It was a lovely, mild, sunny October morning, and we had to drag ourselves away.
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Château de St-Germain-de-Livet
The château is located a little south of Lisieux, itself about 20km south of Deauville. We found it completely by accident - just exploring "off the beaten track".
Its a wee gem!
Located in a hamlet ("commune" in French) comprising a church, a couple of houses and the castle, its more of a country house than castle, but a bit more than your average "manoir".
The architecture is an eclectic mix, as is the interior and the contents. The latter are largely as left by the last occupants who sold it to the town of Lisieux in the 1950s. A moat surrounds it - a family of swans in residence, along with ducks and so on. A flock of peacocks lives in the garden. The whole thing has huge charm.
You have to take the guided tour. It's in French only, but they have the text in English for those who need it. The building is not big, so the tour is not long. Cost us €6.45 per adult (youngsters free) in October 08. Check the website for current prices and opening times.
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Calvados Père Magloire
Cider and Calvados production is a big feature of the Auge area, where Deauville is situated. The Père Magloire visitor attraction is actually in Pont L'Evêque - a few miles inland from Deauville - but as visiting the surrounding area is part of the attraction of Deauville, its going on my Deauville pages.
We were there in late October, so all over the area the apples were still on the trees and being harvested, and this attraction was very topical
You get a guided tour of the facility for €2.50 per adult (free for u16s) and that includes a free tasting of the products at the end - good value to a true Scot.
It starts in a small museum with ancient cider making equipment etc. Then you have a brief film explaining the apple growing etc process. Next step is the warehouse where the barrels of Calvados are matured (worth it for the smell alone). Finally, the tasting which takes place in the shop.
The tasting is generous - you can try the youngest version, or the 20 year old one, and anything in between! The prices are great compared with what you pay in the UK, or even at a French airport. The guide is very informative. The only negative is that they do not make cider or distill Calvados on the site. The process is explained, but seeing it would be better.
They have another shop and restaurant across the street - local specialties on offer - see my restaurant tips.
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Famous names at the beach!
When you walk along the beach of Deauville, you have to pay attention of the little beachhouses. Almost on every house you can find names of celebrities who have once spend their holidays in Deauville. Names like Marlon Brando or Pierce Brosnan are all present!
Every year, at the beginning of september, there's an American film festival in Deauville. Deauville is a very chic town by the sea. There are palaces and a casino here. During the festival ( which lasts about two weeks), you can come close to loads of stars, take pictures and have autographs. It's a lot of fun!
Remember the movie " A man and a woman"? This is where it all happened some 40 years ago. Still looks the same though.
Deauville is quite small. During my stay there, I took a walk on the beach every day. It was mid-September, but the tourists were already gone.
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