Lest you feel that we in Britain have captured the market on shabby seaside towns, we present to you this faded beauty on the Normandy coast. Less seedy than its counterparts across the Channel, in typical French style,Trouville wears its years with élan.
The town’s grand buildings overlook the water, among them a vast and decrepit casino, but there’s new life too:Merci, the Paris concept store, have set up shop here, and there are wonderful bars, restaurants and antique shops. Fans of French nautical wear are well catered-for, with yellow waterproof jackets and Saint James sweaters, and fish and seafood is predictably excellent.
Just next door is Deauville, a more glamorous locale, but lacking Trouville’s charm.
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