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A view on Ocean Boulevard, in La Baule - Escoublac (most commonly called just La Baule), one of the most important seaside resorts on french atlantic coast. Population is 16,000 inhabitants on winter but ... 150,000 in summer, about ten times more ! It is near Saint-Nazaire, about 70 kilometres west of Nantes. It is 3 hours distance from Paris by TGV (France's high-speed rail service). The seaside resort was developed in 1880s after the train arrived in the city. Until 1920s it attracted rich families who built beautiful holiday villas on the seafront. The activity declined because of economical crisis in 30s and World War II. But the tourism raised again in 1960s and La Baule became a more popular seaside resort. The modern (and often ugly) buildings replaced the 20s villas and the resort lost a part of its soul I think. Villas still remain but you have to go away the seafront to see them. With this photo I wanted to show the contrast between the two eras of the seaside resort history : the beach huts recall the 20s, the modern buildings recall the 60s.

I took this photo yesterday at sunset. Tourists are not here yet, so it is still very pleasant to walk along the beach. Anyway I surely won't go there in a few weeks !

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