Let yourself be guided by Marcel Proust in a house inhabited by works and stories in a charming villa in Cabourg.

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A time suspended between two centuries

Located in the heart of the city of Cabourg, in Normandy, , the Villa du temps retrouvé is a place dedicated to the heritage of the Côte Fleurie, to the imagination of Marcel Proust, and to the cultures of the Belle Époque. A villa to better understand this time suspended between two centuries, between two wars, between two worlds, a time already modern but not yet contemporary, which had Paris as the center of the world in winter, and the seaside resorts including those of the Côte Fleurie , summer.

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Marcel Proust’s watch, 1905, Collection Patrick Poivre d’Arvor

The birth of seaside resorts

Works of art, furniture, films, photographs, sounds, costumes, will transmit a wealth of information on life in the seaside resorts of the Normandy coast at the dawn of the 20th century and on the characteristics of this era full of upheavals. An open window allowing you to discover Normandy. A place where we learn in particular why so many personalities, particularly artistic and literary, took up residence in Normandy at that time, what they were looking for there and what they found there.

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Balbec, the name given to Cabourg by Proust

By imagining Balbec from his hotel room, Marcel Proust was already inviting readers of his work « In Search of Lost Time » to discover the most beautiful sites on the coast. An unmissable site which, with its lively interiors and exteriors that are both landscaped and lively, constitutes a real space for interpreting the heritage and architecture of the Côte Fleurie, both a crossroads and a stopover point of the Belle Époque in link with other remarkable French and international sites.

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The litterature of the Belle Epoque

Visitors are invited to discover the literature of the Belle Époque. Thanks to a free-access library, consult the works of authors such as André Gide, Anatole France, Pierre Louÿs… that we read and are still reading, those that we enjoy rediscovering.

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The gardens

Designed as a fully-fledged extension of the visit with the evocation of a Belle Époque garden with Proustian essences cited in Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time.

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La Villa du temps retrouvé

15 President Avenue Raymond Poincare

14390 Cabourg

02 31 47 44 44

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