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Deauville town guide

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Travellors from Caen to Deauville should take the D513 and enjoy driving along the coast road to this beautiful Normandy town which has been a favourite haunt of the fashionable French set for a long time.

I strongly recommend that you begin your visit with Moules et Frites in the open air at one of the little restaurants or cafes by the harbour. Even though you are still quite well north it is possible to eat outside for up to nine months of the year. Remember that moules are best eaten with the fingers, using an open empty mussel shell as tongs to eat with. Remember that mussels that remain closed after cooking should not be eaten.

Lunch will almost certainly be followed by a walk around the town looking at the up market shops and mingling with others doing the same. If you are lucky, there will be a horse race meeting at one of the two courses nearby or a polo match to watch.

After sampling the fare of one of the many restaurants it is traditional to go to the Casino although this is probably for the better heeled.

With a hire car on hand you can easily visit the other delights of this part of the Normandy Coast such as Honfleur or Trouville-sur-Mer, both well worth your time.

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