DEAUVILLE, France -- Soon after the summer dawn breaks over the
English Channel, hoofbeats echo along the coast of Normandy. A line of
thoroughbreds moves along the shore and into the chilly sea, a pleasant
break from their morning routine. That's what Deauville (say DOE-veal) is
all about for people, too.
Every year at the beginning of August, a quiet resort town of 4,500
turns into horse heaven for four glorious weeks, when the population can
rise to 75,000. Almost everyone who matters ...