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 a 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 the 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 on 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 feelings and experiences fade to nothing.
From a fisherman 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".