Balbec is the fictional name of Cabourg, a town near the sea in the Basse-Normandie region of France. Proust spent the summers of 1907 and 1914 in the Grand Hôtel at Cabourg. Random walk site.
|Gare de Dives-Cabourg, Dives-sur-Mer. From Gregory Deryckère|
Train station in Balbec-Plage (right);
Proust in Cabourg (photos and audio);
The Grand Hotel still looks like a great place for les vacances (below)