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Paris Deauville Rally

Paris - Deauville Rally posterThe  Paris Deauville Veteran Car Rally takes place 5 – 6  October 2018.

Now running for over 45 years, and starting from Paris’ stylish Place Vendôme (known as the “most expensive square in the world” and hosting the Ritz Hotel on one side; the route finishes in stylish Deauville (14 Calvados, Normandie) on the coast. This has always been an elegant seaside resort with its Casino and beach promenades.

The rally features many pre-war cars with an international flavour from the days when cars were for the rich and were elegant and beautiful – Rolls Royce, Bugatti, Mercedes, Pierce Arrow, Citroen, Alfa Romeo etc(To qualify though, cars need to have been built pre-1960)

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By train by Eurostar TGV to Paris from London St Pancras


Yacht Saphir, Deauville

Yacht Saphir, Deauville

Hotels and other accommodation including B&Bs, apartments in Paris or

Hotels and other accommodation including B&Bs, apartments in Deauville  including a stay on the yacht Saphir docked in the port of Deauville with 5 air-conditioned en-suite bedrooms!

An internationally renowned resort, Deauville oozes style. Glamorous events abound, from prestigious horse races and polo to the annual Deauville American Film Festival. Golf and thalassotherapy sea-water pamperings are easily to hand. Enjoy the elegant hotels, boutiques and restaurants, not forgetting Deauville’s greatest pull, its magnificent beach.

Deauville was conceived for fashionable pleasures. It emerged from the dunes in the 1860s, thanks to the vision of one Dr Joseph Olliffe and his close friend, Emperor Napoleon III’s half-brother, the Duc de Morny. At the end of the 1850s, marshes lay between the sea here and a little slope-side village above.

Dr Olliffe convinced wealthy backers to invest in a major scheme to drain the marshes and create a resort from nothing. The resort was designed by architect Desle-François Breney, inspired by Baron Haussmann’s redevelopment of Paris. Aided by an all-important, brand-new railway line, the resort came into full bloom within just four years. Grand hotels in the Anglo-Norman timber-frame style, smart bathing facilities and a stylish racecourse catered to elegant Parisians.

Further chic additions followed through time. In the Belle Epoque before the outbreak of World War I, more sumptuous hotels went up, along with a major casino. During the Great War, Deauville’s big hotels were turned into hospitals for wounded Allied soldiers. Between the wars, Deauville developed a grand new station, iconic galleried bathing facilities and its wooden beach boardwalk.

After World War II, the resort’s international reputation grew. A cluster of marinas beside the Touques estuary added to the permanent attractions, while the American Film Festival, inaugurated in 1975, began drawing stars and fans of the silver screen each September.

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