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.
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.
La bella vita, life is beautiful. A few words you should be telling yourself repeatedly every day! While I sit down with my face in the sun, my puppy rests his head on my foot, the waiter places the most amazingly smelling fresh coffee on the table, and he smiles, “Bonjour, this one is on me” he says. Well that is a moment where I thought to myself, la bella vita!
There are many amazing restaurants in this beautiful town in France called Deauville. But on a day like this, whats a better place to go and enjoy some delicious food than in La Bella Vita! You walk in and immediately feel the relaxing atmosphere. Both the sofas and the chairs are extremely comfortable which places your body in a relaxed position. The waiters are extremely friendly and the menu is always changing, but ALWAYS delicious! (Which is perfect so you can drop by as many times as you want and never get bored of the menu!) Every bite of every single dish is so flavoursome, so surprising. I usually am able to taste the ingredients used in a dish, however, here they always seem to surprise me and leave me questioning as to what the secret ingredient is that makes the taste so unique and amazing. As you From started to desert, you leave happy and satisfied. Not many people know about this amazing place, which is why I am telling you to go and visit! Do both your body and your mind a favour, and spoil yourself with these amazing flavours. While you enjoy every single bite, you can hear the combination of the relaxing music and the kitchen singing loudly to queen in core. The restaurant has a happy atmosphere, you can feel the energy, you can feel it in the air, you can hear it in the kitchen, you can taste it in the food. Go on, book your table! Do it soon, you will regret that you haven’t been here sooner!!
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.
While walking down I start smelling the sea. As I get closer to the harbour I can hear the sound of seagulls, a large group creates the overpowering sound that makes you curious to see why they have all gathered together and making such loud noises. As I look behind the fishing boats I see countless seagulls, fighting over fish that has been left as the fisherman are working hard trying to move their daily catch ashore. Only a few meters away you see the fresh fish being dropped off and sold immediately to the locals that walk by. – I don’t think you could get any fresher fish than this. I am in a beautiful place named Deauville/Trouville. They are famous for their amazing fish, you can definitely understand why.
The towns are incredibly beautiful. Streets are filled with the cutest houses, build in the traditional normandy style. The harbour in Deauville is always filled with fishing boats, and the harbour in Trouville with sailing boats. This for me says it all. The people that come here enjoy life. They enjoy good food, as we know French do, a glass of wine with a selection of local cheeses are always part of a daily routine. They also love the sea and have an active lifestyle. And all this, you can feel in the atmosphere. There is a calm and happy feeling in the air, which you cant help but breath in and follow the flow.
They like to call it ‘Little Paris’. It is no wonder that you find many people from Paris taking advantage of their weekend to escape to this beautiful place on the sea. It almost feels like people come here to relax, and that they do. Wake up in the morning from the sun that shines through the window, touching your face with its warmth. You stretch your legs, put on the first dress you can find, and walk to the nearest bakery to get your fresh baguette. You have a walk over the market and buy your fresh fruit (and the Moroccan styled handbag you have had an eye on for a week). You then sit down, on one of the terraces surrounded by green trees and colourful parasols. You order your coffee and sneakily dip the warm bread you just bought from the shop on the corner in your coffee. – This is the exact routine I did this morning, so believe me, its a routine that will make anyone wake up with a smile! (Even on Mondays!)
As you walk around you cannot help but notice how beautiful the houses are. I will be showing much more of this stunning town in the coming days. But if you feel that you would like to see this place in real life (which you should!) then book your next hotel in Deauville! Trust me, it is a place that will make everyone happy! – Perfect holiday place for romantic couples, families, or just a single getaway for those moments where you want to escape, just by yourself!