In July, I went to Cabourg for the first time, because my favorite writer is Marcel Proust. I have always wanted to go there and discover the small city. As a great fan of French Literature, I love enjoying places known for their literary dimension such as The Grand Hotel which was the first luxury hotel in town. Actually, if you love classic French literature, I'm pretty sure you know Marcel Proust and his novel "In Search of Lost Time". Between 1907 and 1914, Proust used to stay in this hotel, on the 4th floor, in room 414. This small city is located on the Côte Fleurie, in Normandy.
In this fictional autobiography, the narrator spends time in Balbec, a fictive city inspired by Cabourg. The story is told by two distinct characters who are the same and unique person: the narrator as a young boy and the other side, as an older man remembering his childhood. Furthermore, the two main themes are the frustrated desire of Proust to become a writer, and the other one is his despair at the corroding effect of Time which makes every human feeling and experiences fade to nothing.
From a fisherman's village to an attractive city
Cabourg has been transformed into a modern and attractive city for wealthy Parisians, at the end of the 19th century. Today, the city is still a seaside resort in Normandy. It's also a romantic city where each year, in June, an international film festival takes place, and a music festival named "Cabourg, Mon Amour".
Two years ago, I went to Palma de Mallorca.
I went in this city, many times, for 6 years. For me, it's the perfect destination in South Europe, if you want to enjoy the sun, visit the old town and do some shopping. The city is well-known for being the little California of Europe. But I want to talk about my experience at the Hotel Mama Palma.
I heard that the hotel has been renamed as the Hotel Cappuccino Palma. But previously, it was called Hotel Mama Palma. It's a five-stars boutique hotel designed by the famous Parisian designer Jacques Grange. Indeed, he designed 32 rooms of a former 19th-century building and wanted to make this hotel like a mediteranean oasis (a mix of Spain, Italy, Portugal and Morocco). The hotel is very warmful and full of colors. The aim is to feel like home.
On the ground floor, the hotel houses a Cappucino Grand Café where you can enjoy a tea, coffee or a brunch, but also you will find the Japanese restaurant "Tahini". There is two large photographs (entitled "Le Noir" and "Le Sultan") taken by the French photographer François-Marie Banier. In the basement, you have a private cinema room next to the bathroom. You have also a spa, a fitness center and a rooftop with a small swimming pool, which offers a wonderful view on the old city.