Imagine a trip to the Parisian riviera where you sit on a lovely beach. Right behind you, just a few steps away, is a beautiful casino where you can take a break from the sun when you feel like trying your luck at the roulette table. In front of you, in the surf, racehorses streak by, not too many and not too often of course, just enough action to keep you from getting bored as you gaze out at the sea.
This is the vacation fantasy being promoted (quite effectively!) in this travel poster for Deauville, France, the prestigious seaside resort near Normandy which is famous for its beaches, horse racing and casinos and for the rich and famous who flock there.
This magical fantasy, part surrealism and part art deco, was conjured up by the French artist Pierre Barraya (b. 1938).
If you can’t visit the beaches of Deauville this year, then do the next best thing: buy this poster. As an armchair traveler you’ll love seeing it on your wall and will look forward to the day when you can visit.