A few weeks ago, I hopped on a train and headed to the coast. Deauville and Trouville are sister cities only two and a half hours away from Paris – absolutely perfect for an escape to the sea! I joked with my friend on the way to the coast that once you’ve seen one small French town, you’ve seen them all (not all that unlike small Texas towns), however these ocean-front towns are a jewels all their own. We walked through the afternoon fish market and had never seen crabs, lobsters, shrimp and clams so large or so vibrant in color. And the men selling the fish – all it took was one Bonjour mademoiselle from them and I knew that I was about to be sweet talked into 10 lbs of crab legs. Laughing at their greetings but never stopping, we headed to the shore. What we discovered was one of the deepest tides either of us had ever seen that leaves the shore in the day time completely covered with shells and starfish.
I’m always taken aback by the friendliness of people in these small towns. French people as a whole have suffered a bad rap. This would be the ideal place to escape on a hot summer Parisian day! Character on every corner in the buildings and with the people. Coffee, ice cream, sunshine, kites, and friends – what more could you ask for?