Report on Deauville visit – June 2010

Posted by Admin on Wednesday, 30th June 2010, 13:25

REPORT ON THE VISIT TO DEAUVILLE JUNE 2010

This year it is the turn of our French friends in Deauville (near Le Havre) to be the hosts for our annual ‘Get-Together’ visits.

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Friday morning saw thirteen members from the Cowes-Deauville Twinning Association boarding a Brittany ferry from Portsmouth with good weather that fortunately continued throughout the weekend.

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That afternoon we landed at Ouistreham and were greeted with the usual Gallic enthusiasm (lots of kissing of cheeks).

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We all spent the rest of the day at home with our host families to renew friendships and exchange gifts.

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Saturday morning began with a formal reception at the charming civic chateau Villa Strassburger in Deauville.

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The photograph shows Madame le Maire Adjoint de Deauville, Isabelle Patry-Santos, giving thanks for a wine carafe with silver chain and label presented by the President of CDTA, Mr Barry Bates (left), as a gift to the town of Deauville.

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The President of the Deauville Twinning Organisation, Monsieur Philippe Behuet (centre) also formally welcomed us:

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We were then given a guided walking tour of some of Deauville’s famous buildings, such as the ‘Casino de Barriere Deauville and the famous Hotel Normandy Barriere.

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Later that evening we were whisked off to a country restaurant to enjoy dinner with some excellent French wine.

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Sunday saw yet another hectic day. We all gathered early morning in Deauville to be given detailed instructions for a “Mystery Car Rally” , luckily in both English and French.
We toured through some attractive villages such as Beaumont-sur-Auge where we sampled some locally made chocolate at a ‘Chocolaterie’ .

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Next stop was a pleasant lunch at a lakeside restaurant in Pont-l’Eveque.
As we left there we found ourselves surrounded by eager supporters at the finish of a chaotic local bicycle race.

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We continued our rally with more searching clues until we finished for tea and cakes in the gardens at yet another fine Chateaux:

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A group photo of English guests with their French hosts on the front steps of the chateaux:

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That evening we attended the prize giving for the winners of the Car Rally followed by a buffet feast (so much good food!).

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This photo shows the winning team, John and Jenny Fuller and their French driver Katherine (right), with their bottles of champagne:

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Monday morning came all too quickly.

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We had such a good time with our hosts that it is was a sad ” Au Revoir” for our return home.

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Other photos of the 2010 visit:

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Car Rally, Chatting to a friendly calf:

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Car Rally, Jules the Cider Farmer explaining his trade to our group:

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Car Rally, Typical Cider Barn:

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Car Rally, Ancient Cider Press:

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Car Rally, Sampling Jules’s Cider (Smooth as silk!):

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