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Caen-De-quelle-planete-es-tu-12Every November, Louis and I go to celebrate birthdays with the family that I lived with when I was 16, where I caught onto French and fell in love with French culture. This marvelous family that I adore has since moved to Caen, and I was so excited to discover their new city and the sea on our little weekend getaway. On the sunny winter afternoon we drove up to the historical seaside, popping by the fish market to prepare for the lunch that followed.

On our way back to Paris, we spun through Pont Audemer, the town where I lived for a year with them, for a little dinner date before heading back to the city life.

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Last Sunday Louis and I drove up to Pont Audemer, where I studied abroad when I was 16 for a year. This Normandy town is just so charming and full of adorables: flowers and canals and colombage. It’s always refreshing to go back and remember the strolls down rue de la République or running to the boulangerie in between classes. It seems so long ago.

This previous weekend we headed down to Montargis for the weekend with some friends. Stay tuned for pictures of probably what is the most picturesque weekend in this year so far!

How are your summer weekends? Enjoying some sun rays?

Fourmetot, Pont Audemer, Normandie

Fourmetot is right by Pont Audemer, which is where I learned French while studying abroad in high school for a year. It is such a cute place and Normandy is just fantastic. It’s refreshing to get out of Parisland.

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I really want one of these.

Smoothies are super delicious.

This looks yummy. Do you like shrimp?

Maybe the sun will come out to play so us Parisians can enjoy sitting on café terrasses.

This time last year I was here with one of my favorite people on this earth.

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Only an hour and ten minute train ride out of Paris Gare Saint Lazare and you’re on the seaside in Deauville. On the English channel, Deauville is a precious town separated by a little river to Trouville. Both are filled with little shops and restaurants along the quai with parked boats and the sound of waves. It’s perfect in the springtime or if you want to take a pop in the water, summer is ideal. It’s chic atmosphere is also cozy with just about every sense of relaxtion you can think of. Along the water and the quais are tini restaurants with outdoor seating with savory crêpes and moules-frîtes to suit your fancy. But also try some Calvados, just for the sake of being in Normandy.

You can take a little boat from Trouville to Deauville (the other side of the marina) which takes about 10 minutes, but it’s fun if you don’t feel like walking all the way around it. The Deauville side is filled with high end shops and cafés and the likes. On the water is also the ever-so-famous Casino of Deauville, where you can hit the slots with a gin tonic on the seaside where the Deauville American Film Festival is held annually. For more info on Deauville in general, click here.

When I went last spring, we stayed in the Hotel Le Fer A Cheval and it was absolutely precious and right in the town center. It was the perfect weekend trip outside of Paris. Tickets can be anywhere from 8-20euros one-way, and you can get them on the SNCF website.

Only an hour and a half and you’re at the seaside.