is a stylish resort on the "Floral coast"of Normandy,
with a rich history. The heyday for Cabourg was at the
end of the nineteenth century when sea bathing became fashionable.
Paris society assembled on the Normandy coast to enjoy the salt
air, to stay in its grand hotels and enjoy their evenings at
the Casino. Marcel Proust was a regular visitor here in the early
20th century and from his base at the Cabourg Grand Hotel
on the seafront, he wrote much of his masterpiece "A la
Recherche du Temps Perdu". Cabourg has 3 kms of fine
sandy beach, elegant, tree lined boulevards, a famous Promenade
and a magnificent new casino. Cabourg offers a golf course,
horse riding and tennis facilities while on the edge of the town
stands a superb race course considered by many in horse racing
to be among the best trotting circuits in France.
Normandy gets its name from the Viking Norsemen who
sailed up the River Seine in the 9th century and colonized the
area, making Rouen their capital. Normandy has large ports with
important transatlantic trade, whilst inland it is overwhelmingly
agricultural. The image of Normandy is one of a lush, tranquil,
pastoral region of apple orchards, contented cattle, Calvados
and Camembert. There are ancient picturesque ports such as Honfleur
to visit, seaside resorts with elegant promenades, splendid centuries-old
half-timbered manor houses lining quiet countryside lanes and
extrordinary Romanesque and Gothic architectural treasures.