Deauville was invented on the drawing table, only at the end of the 19th century, though many of the gothic buildings pretend to be more historical. Despite this little cheat: Deauville is still attracting the well off Parisians, and many more. Superstar actor Omar Sharif spent the longest part of his long life in Deauville, Sheik Mohammed Al Maktum comes frequently, because of the horse races and the best horse breeding in France. Deauville is low key and discrete, but you might walk the beach and meet fashion photographer superstar Peter Lindbergh at a casual shoot with Isabella Rosselini. Or bump into Harrison Ford and his director Wolfgang Petersen. Or meet at "Les Planches", Deauville's endless beach promenade, someone like Claudia Cardinale, who you might have seen last at the movies, in Sergio Leone's "Once Upon A Time In The West". Be prepared to get access to elegant studs for the best racing horses in Europe, to spooky castle Champ-de-Bataille, where France's most exclusive ...