Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Tuesday's Treasure - Deauville, France

This week, I am devoting most of this blog to coverage of "the Davos of Women" - the Women's Forum 2010 taking place in the seaside resort town of Deauville.

With only 4,500 residents, this is one of the world's only seaside resorts that can be enjoyed all year round, and thus has gained international repute as a result.

According to website Information France, "Through the years, the town has managed to develop harmoniously, preserving its historic, architectural and cultural heritage, while at the same time keeping step with an ever-changing tourist sector. Indeed, only two hours from Paris, this rendez-vous of elegance and art de vivre promises visitors a complete change of scenery, with its many turn-of-the-century villas, traditional half-timbered houses,colourful sun umbrellas on the beach and famous Promenade."

Because of it's beauty, several wealthy women, including Greek shipping heiress, Chyrss Goulandris, have homes there. Her villa is reputed to be where William The Conqueror planned his invasion of France.

French clothing designer, Yves St. Laurent had a home there which he shared with his succession of French Bulldogs always named Moujik.

Deauville is full of delightful restaurants, shops, and hotels. Later this week, I will bring you a few suggestions so that those of you in my network who are going there this week, can take time to "do up the town" with some of the other 1,200 + delegates attending this year's Forum.

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