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Seeking Glamour on France's Northern Coast

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Photo: David Nicolas

Long a favored resort of the Parisian elite, the Côte Fleurie, on France’s northern coast, is shedding a bit of its formal reserve. T+L finds lively restaurants, endless beaches, and plenty of easygoing glamour.

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Inspired by: Exploring France's Northern Coast — by Michael Gross, Published Jun. 2009

Hotels (3)

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    Royal Barrière

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    Normandy Barrière

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    Ferme St.-Siméon

    A pleasant, family-friendly inn and spa with an ambitious (if overrated) restaurant.

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Restaurants (4)

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    Les Vapeurs

    Though it’s a local cliché, one must eat at this seafood brasserie facing the Trouville port. The place is the sort of French restaurant you dream—

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    Le Central

    This seafood brasserie faces the Trouville port.

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    Chez Miocque

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    Auberge de l’Abbaye

    Enjoy a quiet, delicious lunch just down the street from the town’s church.

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Activities (6)

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    Ste.-Catherine Church

    Honfleur’s greatest surviving building, and its separate bell tower date back to the 15th century. The largest, most unusual wooden church in Franc

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    Cathedrale Notre Dame de Rouen

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    Maisons Satie

    The birthplace of the avant-garde composer Erik Satie houses a series of odd but amusing tableaux vivants that tell of his life and times. The odd

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    Eugène Boudin Museum

    Eugène Boudin, a landscape painter from the area, met a young artist named Claude Monet and taught him to use oil paints and to work outdoors. It’s

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    Casino Barrière de Deauville

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    Bayeux Tapestry Museum

    Bayeux’s famous 230-foot-long tapestry—displayed in this well-run little museum—tells the story of the Norman conquest of England.

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