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DEAUVILLE BEACH IS A RICH TABLEAU WHOSE COLOURS ARE THE STORIES OF THOSE WHO HAVE FREQUENTED DEAUVILLE OVER THE LAST ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY YEARS ; LEGENDARY SITES, THE BOARDWALK, THE BAR DU SOLEIL, THE POMPEIAN BATHS. ITS HISTORY IS FASHIONED OF SYMBOLS THAT ARE RENOWNED WORLDWIDE: THE BEACH UMBRELLAS IN THEIR FIVE COLOURS, THE NAMES OF AMERICAN ACTORS ON THE BEACH CABINS. IT IS THE SKIES PAINTED BY DUFY AND BOUDIN, THE SKETCHES OF EVERYDAY LIFE BY JAMES RASSIAT, THE PHOTOS TAKEN BY THE SEEBERGER BROTHERS, BY ROBERT CAPA AND MANY OTHERS. IT IS SPORTING FEATS IN THE TENNIS CLUB, RECORDS BROKEN IN THE OLYMPIC SWIMMING POOL, OFFSHORE REGATTAS, LONG AND BRACING HORSE-BACK RIDES ALONG THE WATER’S EDGE.
THE BEACH OF DEAUVILLE IS AN EXTENSIVE SPACE LYING BETWEEN THE SEA AND THE BOULEVARD CORNUCHE, A SPACE WE ALSO CALL THE FORESHORE. HISTORY HAS DETERMINED THAT IT WILL FOREVER BE A PLAY AREA FOR BATHERS, HOLIDAYMAKERS, SPORTSMEN AND WOMEN.

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Deauville beach is a rich tableau whose colours are the stories of those who have frequented Deauville over the last one hundred and fifty years ; legendary sites, the boardwalk, the Bar du Soleil, the Pompeian baths. Its history is fashioned of symbols that are renowned worldwide: the beach umbrellas in their five colours, the names of American actors on the beach cabins. It is the skies painted by Dufy and Boudin, the sketches of everyday life by James Rassiat, the photos taken by the Seeberger brothers, by Robert Capa and many others. It is sporting feats in the tennis club, records broken in the Olympic Swimming pool, offshore regattas, long and bracing horse-back rides along the water’s edge.

The Beach of Deauville is an extensive space lying between the sea and the Boulevard Cornuché, a space we also call the foreshore. History has determined that it will forever be a play area for bathers, holidaymakers, sportsmen and women.

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"Here I am along the water’s edge,

the wind is blowing

and large clouds are galloping

across the sky as the sun is dying"

 

Guillaume Apollinaire to the baroness Hélène d'Oettingen Deauville, July 1914
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