Some of the architecture looks as if it had stepped out of a gothic fairy tale. The style is ostensibly Norman—lots of half-timbered buildings mostly in suitably muted shades. But then you see turrets sprouting here and there, with gables and balconies wedged into every nook and cranny. It’s as if a French version of the Addams Family had a hand in designing some of these glorious confections. The overall effect is delightful, enhanced by the profusion of flowers in the public spaces. With its golf courses, casinos, deluxe hotels, La Touques and Clairefontaine racetracks, regattas, yacht harbor, polo grounds, and tennis courts, Deauville hums with upper-class patronage. Soak up the exclusive vibe with an afternoon spent people-watching, particularly along boutique-lined rue Eugène-Colas, place Morny (named for the resort’s founder), and place du Casino.

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