The minute I realized I could be next to the ocean in Normandy for less than 30 euros round trip and only a 2 hour train ride, I booked a ticket leaving the next morning. The train leaves from Gare Saint Lazare and brings you to the train station located directly in between Trouville and Deauville.
With no pre-planned itinerary my to-do list consisted of two things:
1.The beach (despite it being too cold to swim)
2. A glass of champagne
Lyzbeth and I began our day discovering Deauville. It is home to the American Film festival and the famous Promenade des Planches, which is a boardwalk with beach closets dedicated to famous people in the film industry. On our way to the beach from the train station, we passed by the quaint town center of Deauville with many high-end shops. Fun Fact: Deauville is home to Coco Chanel’s first boutique, which opened thesummer of 1932. We also happened to visit during the Deauville Photography Festival, which takes place from the end of October to the end of November. We zigzagged through outdoor photo exhibits spotlighting the city of Deauville until we arrived at the boardwalk. Being the beginning of November, it was a chilly fall day with a consistent breeze, in other words the perfect weather for flying a kite. I bought a kite and we ran up and down the wide beach of Normandy flying a rainbow butterfly above our heads. After, we decided to grab some lunch and complete item #2 on my list. We ended up at the Gatsby Café where we enjoyed good food and a glass of champagne.
We decided to spend the rest of the day exploring Trouville. The vibe in this town is much more relaxed and has more of a “local” feel. We wandered through the streets enjoying the paintings on the side of buildings and slowly made our way to the beach. It was colder by then and we ended up sitting at a restaurant on the beach with large windows- it was the best of both worlds. We then attempted to go the casino (there is also a casino in Deauville) however, we could not gamble as neither one of us had our passports with us and American driver’s licenses are not acceptable. It was probably for the best! We wandered again through the streets, popping into galleries here and there. Both of these towns are very photogenic and it is difficult to resist the urge to buy an excessive amount of post cards. The sun was setting and it was really starting to cool down so we popped into an Irish pub to have dinner before our train to back Paris.
Overall, we had a great day and I definitely plan on going back as it is an easy day trip from Paris!
Things to do in Deauville and Trouville
1. Promenade des Planches
2. Fly kites
5. Chanel’s first boutique