Deauville is a town in Normandy, and I am in love with it. I have a special connection with France and especially with this town I like to call ‘small Paris’. In the morning I love to wake up and get my fresh bread from the bakery around the corner that already has my warm bread ready for me. Then get my fresh fruit from the market and then sit down on the terrace at one of my favourite cafes named Le Morny’s.
You can not imagine a more French cafe and atmosphere then you will experience right here. Its the feeling I get when sitting in the early morning sun while watching people walk by and getting a smile by the waiter who is holding your cappuccino ready, as he knew you were coming. You are sitting in the most beautiful square with a fountain spraying water high in the air that sometimes gets blown a little by the wind leading a few drops to fly over the street cooling down people that walk past. The sound of laughter and the smell of coffee and fresh pastries fills the air. For me its a magical place.
At Le Morny’s you can enjoy delicious French meals in the form of salads, sandwiches, pastries but the reason I love coming here is for my coffee! As my soya cappuccino is still hot I love to dip in pieces of my fresh baguette and let it soak up all the coffee. This is a very French breakfast that is an absolute must try.
When I walk to town in the morning I take my puppy with me, which you can see takes after his owner and is a total coffee lover too! This cafe has the most friendly staff, as you can see allows doggies and is open everyday from 7am until 10pm.
Its my absolute favourite place and you must give it a visit when in Deauville! Im sure you will fall in love with it as much as I did! X
The address is: 6 Place de Morny, 14800 Deauville, France
All Images shot with my beautiful Leica Q – who never leaves my side!
In Deauville every sunset is more beautiful than the last. The colours appear more vibrant, and the sky seems more clear. But once in a while you get a special sunset. One with thunder and rain. Heavy clouds surrounded by vibrant colours. Light shines through the rain onto the water. A perfect rain storm.
I believe that when the sunsets its a magical moment, a golden moment. I can never stop staring until you finally see that moment where the sun only takes seconds to disappear behind the wall of sea. But this time I have to leave the perfect storm behind, and leave for another adventure. The next few days will include a lot of travelling! To some beautiful places! My next stop? Holland!
And what is a more beautiful road trip than travelling from Normandy to Holland? Both countries have the most magical landscapes. – The trip might take a little longer as I will be stopping every 5 min to take a picture..
So there I go, ready to take on another day, another adventure, another beautiful sunset.
I love my alarm in the morning. – Now thats something you don’t hear often! But when your alarm is as cute as mine I am sure you would feel the same way! My morning alarm is a little panda licking my face until I wake up! Whats a better way to start your day then to open your eyes and have this little thing staring at you! – He is ready to start another happy and careless day!
When you walk around in Deauville you can feel the summery atmosphere. While wondering through the tiny streets filled with bakeries you can smell the fresh bread. When you walk past the harbour you can hear the seagulls while fisherman unload their daily catch. Everything gives a sense of calmness, of happiness. This is a place where you sit down on a terrace, and just endlessly watch people walk by. You will notice that each one of them has their unique style, but show similar vibes. There is a restaurant opposite the harbour in Trouville named Le Centralwhere you can enjoy a freshly caught fish while enjoying your view and watch people walk by. It is the perfect location and they serve the dishes that Deauville is so famous for! Their amazing fresh fish!
The restaurant is also extremely close to the beach, which means you can have an evening walk while watching the sky turn orange and witness the sun disappear in the sea. Deauville has the most stunning sunsets. It is the landscape and the surroundings that makes it so unique and breathtaking.
If you don’t want to go home yet make a stop at the most delicious ice-cream place named Amorino! They have an amazing selection of flavours and are beautifully presented! There is also a very large dairy free selection! Which are absolutely delicious and flavoursome! – Try the sorbet hazelnut, you will long for more and more!
Summer nights are my favourite. A late night swim is the perfect way to end the day feeling fresh. Cooling your skin down from the hot sun. As you step out of the cold water you can feel the warm air hugging your skin, making you feel drowsy and cosy. The sun is down, the moon comes up. Its another beautiful night in Deauville. You can hear the birds sing into the night as you lay in your bed. Facing the window you see the stars. I close my eyes, and think “I cant wait for my alarm in the morning.”
Even on a rainy day, I enjoy walking through this beautiful town. This time I am holding my cup of coffee tight, the wind is giving me shivers down my spine. As I am sitting safely underneath the parasol I watch people walk past, each and one of them in their own little world. People fascinate me, I think that is why I day dream so much. – It happens daily where I have some kind of awkward eye contact with a stranger after getting caught staring at them for what must of been quite a while.. I just wonder off, in my own little world, while thinking about everyone else’s little world.
When I returned to planet earth after my daily day dream session I joined the most French birthday party I have ever been to. As I arrived I got guided to the most beautiful secret garden, surrounded by palm trees and flowers. The tables where filled with countless cakes all home-made by the people that had gathered themselves in the garden enjoying their red wine and champagne. Rose peddles, candles, cheese, cake, wine, champagne all chattered over the table, it was the most beautiful mess I had ever seen. The sweet sound of laughter combined with the beauty of the french language created the most beautiful vibe. I now know one thing, the French know how to enjoy life. As I took a bite of my cake I heard someone say this in the background, “Take that extra sip of your wine, enjoy that piece of cake, tell your friends that you love them, because you never know what tomorrow might bring.” – So there you are, some wise advise for you from a true French man.
The key to happiness. Wouldn’t everyone like to find it. The thing is, everyone can, you just have to keep looking for it. When you lose your car key, do you just give up searching for it after a while? No, you keep going and move aside every object that stands in your way, until you finally find it. Everyone can find their key, but you will have to find it yourself. Only you know what this key looks like. Your key is original, differently shaped than others. So only you can find it.
I would like to think that I have a few keys. And one of them opens a door to the happiness I find in days like this. As I walk into the fresh garden, it smells of humid soil. The combination of this smell and the hot air already gives me a comforting feeling, putting a smile on my face. The dogs are already patiently waiting at the gate. – They too are excited to go for our morning coffee.
After fighting with the puppy over the last biscuit we decide to go back home and cool down by diving in the swimming pool. The heat makes you drowsy, the light makes everything look so green. The water is cool and the air hot. Even when the sun is starting to disappear in the sea, leaving the air painted in the most beautiful colours. It was the perfect moment to realise, this is the moment to end the day like a real French person would. We sat back down with a beautiful red wine and a selection of local cheese. With the warmth in our face, we enjoyed the smoothness and rich flavours of the French cheese, complimented by a sweet and light red wine. They were perfect together. It was as if the flavours made love the moment they were combined. As I said, I like to believe that I own many keys. And one of those keys, opened that door, a little piece of happiness.
The window blew open, the warmth quickly found its way inside, voices shouting “Bonjour!” outside my window. I could already smell the fresh croissants. I quickly jumped up, threw on a dress and followed my nose to the closest bakery.
After breakfast we found ourselves wondering around St-Tropez, but were determined to find a tiny secret beach that has been there for years but honestly forgot about the fact it even existed! After a long but beautiful walk we finally found our secret beach! – I forgot how beautiful it really is! The amazing thing is, not many people know about it. So it is never overcrowded and it has a very relaxing vibe! The food is amazing too, which you can enjoy at the tables but also on your bed while baking in the hot sun! The name of the beach is Plage Des Graniers, but lets keep this our secret!! Shhhh..
Now, let me tell you something about one of the best restaurants in St-Tropez. – At least in my opinion! Located in one of the small streets you will find a Thai restaurant. This Thai restaurant is not just a restaurant, it literally serves your dream food! It is absolutely incredible and a MUST visit! The colours and the flavours they serve on each plate is insane, with every single bite you will be closing your eyes and without even realising the corners of your mouth will lift. This food really does make you smile!
When I wonder around St-Tropez I love to walk past one of my favourite hotels. It is perfect for having a drink but even more amazing to stay the night! This hotel will blow your mind as the interior is extremely stunning. – Definitely my favourite hotel in St-Tropez! It is called Pan Dei Palais and is located on Rue Gambetta. It is quite hidden so you might easily walk past it! – And you definitely don’t want to miss this!
If I had to recommend any hotel it would definitely be this one! So go and have a look, you will LOVE IT just as much as I do!!