Adventures on the Norman coast

Amidst all the fun (read: homework) of this Toussaint vacation, I got to go on an excellent (though decidedly grey & rainy) little day trip to Normandy. Irreverently dismissing the authority of the UNESCO World Heritage Site seal-of-approval we skipped Mont St. Michel and went the more “charming” route: Deauville, Trouville, and the (superb) Honfleur.
I imagine Deauville is probably more fun in the summer when you can take advantage of its beach or if you happen to be one of the esteemed guests of the annual film festival. (Or, if you’re a rich raven.) It didn’t really do anything for me (aside from threaten my student-sized wallet with its outrageously expensive everything). Just across the port you’ll find Trouville, Deauville’s supposed lesser sister (the one who actually turns out to be the far more charming, far less gold-digging of the two.)
A 30-minute bus ride later, we arrived in Honfleur (Satie’s birthplace, for you refined, monocle-sporting young people out there) – a fantastic, friendly, and altogether extremely pleasant place where the air is fresh and the cider even more so. Enjoy!

Deauville









Trouville








Honfleur



















Sunset at the Pompidou

Les marchés Flottants du Sud Ouest

Yesterday was the last day of the three-day long Marchés Flottants du Sud Ouest, where vendors from southwestern France set up shop on Quai Montebello (right in front of Notre Dame) to promote and sell their regional goods and spread some warm southern cheer to Parisians making their way into autumn. The weather shifted back and forth between gray and sunny (and drizzly and windy), but the wine, cheese, foie gras, meats, honey, spiced breads, chocolate (and plenty of opportunity for tasting) alongside an extremely lively band to get the crowds going made for a warm and all-around wonderful southern Sunday. (And to top it all off, the day ended with, what else: a rainbow.) Enjoy!

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