So, does anybody live in Deauville? Not whole hell of a lot of people considering the fame of the city. The high point of the population was in 1946 (pop. 5683). More recently, in 1999, the population was 4364 and in 2006 (most recent census) 3973.
I checked to see if it had been bombed during the war, but apparently not. The German army occupied it. They evacuated the children and the elderly. Tank traps were everywhere, blocking all the roads, and the big hotels and the casino were painted with camouflage paint. I would have loved to find photos of that, but I did not manage to dig up any.
Anyway, Deauville looks much bigger than its population figures, because there is room to house lots of people. But they are only here a month or two a year.
There are also lots of apartments... unoccupied out of season.
Not everybody can maintain a secondary residence in Deauville, so there are a few hotels in town to cater to their needs.
The Normandy Barrière is the most famous of the hotels. It has appeared in countless movies.
Its main advantage is being next door to the Deauville Barrière casino.
The hotel occupies an entire city block. There is a special this month and you can get a cheap ass room starting at 189€, more than 50% off.
Two blocks away is the Royal Barrière. The special offer here starts at 195€ but I think the other place looks nicer.
I did not go to the casino this time. I don't like the place -- much too snooty. They let people like me in during the day, but there is a very strict dress code in the evenings, where they look at things like jackets and ties and the quality of your shoes. However, I went over to Trouville the same day to the Trouville Barrière casino, which has no dress code ever (other than 'shoes, shirts' type stuff). I won 175€ in 15 minutes on the 0.20€ slot machines, so I immediately cashed in and left. Paid for my car rental, petrol, tolls and other expenses.
You can see the Trouville casino across the water in the port shared by the two towns.
Trouville is a much friendlier town. The boats are not quite as big but just as well kept.
Ferry service has ended for the year. You have to go back to the other end of the port.
Post by frenchmystiquetour on Oct 8, 2011 0:52:30 GMT
Wow, you managed to make one of the trendiest resort towns in Normandy look like one of my spooky deserted villages. Actually, I was surprised that the year round resident population isn't much larger than some of the towns I bike through. Can you choose which star's booth you get or do they just assign you one?
For people who cannot afford the accommodations proposed by the Barrière empire, the chain hotels have made an effort to give themselves the Deauville touch. Unfortunately this carries over into their room rates.
Here is the ubiquitous Ibis...
... and the inevitable Mercure.
Like all of the towns of Normandy, Deauville flies the flags of the Allies.
The also fly the flags of the nations and towns twinned with Deauville...
.... and there is a bit of information regarding the towns twinned with Deauville.
Deauville is of course a horse racing town, with the racetrack in the center of town. I did not want to take pictures of an empty racetrack, though. I had seen enough emptiness.
However, on the beach, a horse in training suddenly appeared out of nowhere.
I found the location of "nowhere" in the parking lot.
It was about time to leave. People have been coming here for a long time, though.
I only took the train to Deauville twice in my life. There are only a couple of direct trains from Paris.
Does anybody remember my report about Dalat, Vietnam and the train station there?
Before leaving, I looked at the Robert Capa exhibition which was still up even though the end date of September 30th had passed.
Strange, he died in Vietnam just a couple of years after taking these photos. Stepped on a landmine during the Franco-Vietnamese war.
I got back on the autoroute to Paris. Even the service stations seemed to have more residents than Deauville, albeit not all that many.
It should be mentioned that a single film from 1966 was sufficient to engrave Deauville in the hearts of the French forever. And it remains the first thing that comes to mind whenever anybody mentions Deauville.