178 Route 23. ST. AUBIN-SUR-MER.
of Caen maintains a Maritime Laboratory at the E. end of the beach
of Luc, in the direction of Lion.
III. From Luc-sur-Mer to Langrune, St. Aubin-sur-Mer, and Courseulles.
1/2, 13A, and 5 M. Railway in 3-5, 10-12, and 18-20 minutes.
The footpath along the shore to Langrune and St. Aubin, which are
respectively 3/4 M. and 2 M. to the W. of Luc, is shorter than the road
past the railway-station, which lies 5-600 yds. from the beach. — Omnibus
tramway from Luc to Bernières, 40 c.
Beyond Luc the railway runs close to the shore. The Rochers du
Caluados in the sea are said to dérive their name from the 'Salvador',
a vessel belonging to the 'Invincible Armada', wrecked hère in 1538.
15 M. (from Caen) Langrune. — Hotels. De la Terrasse, on the
shore outside the village, halfway to St. Aubin (see below); de Belle vue,
D. 3 fr. ; de la Mer, with café. — Bathing-box 30 c.
Langrune resembles Luc in its gênerai characteristics, but it is
only 3/4 M. by the shore from Luc and 1 M. from St. Aubin, both
of which hâve casinos. The Church has an élégant stone spire dating
from the 13-14th cent, and contains a fine stone pulpit.
16 M. St. Aubin-sur-Mer. — Hotels. De la Terrasse, halfway to
Langrune (see above); de Paris, with the casino; St. Aubin, Bellevue,
well-situated on the beach; de la Marine, on the outskirts. — Sea-Baths
as at Langrune. — Casino, near the E. end of the beach, adm. 50 c. and
1 fr.; less to subseribers. — Café de l'Univers, near the Casino.
St. Aubin-sur-Mer, though only a village like Langrune, with a
shingly beach, is on the whole a better sea-bathing place. It has a
long 'Terrasse', on the beach, hacked by attractive villas, and pos-
17y2 M. Bernières (Vigne; de la Mer) also has a few bathing-
boxes and an interesting church dating from the ll-13th centuries.
19'/2M. Courseulles (Hôt. des Etrangers; de Paris, on the beach,
near the station), at the mouth of the Seulles, carries on an active
trade in oysters. Its sea-baths are the most primitive on this coast
and the most exposed to the sea-weed annoyance. They are at
some little distance from the town, and the beach is still in its pristine
roughness. The oyster-beds are between the station and the harbour.
At Creully, 5'/2 M. up the valley of the Seulles, is a fine old châ¬
teau of the 12-16th cent. ; the ruined Priory of St. Gabriel, I1/2 M. farther
on, dates from the llth, 13th, and 15th centuries.
A steam-tramwny is to be built along the coast from Courseulles via
(3'/2 M.) Ver-sur-Mer (Hôtel Villa-d es-Arts), with sea-baths, and (7 M.) Asnel-
les (p. 161) to Port-en-Bessin (p. 161).
24. From Cherbourg to Brest.
(Granville, Mont St. Michel, St. Malo.)
262 M. Railway in 13'/2 hrs. (fares 51 fr. 95, 38 fr. 95, 28 fr. 60 c). —
To Granville, changing carriages at Folligny (p. 187), 91 M., in 4'/4 hrs.
(fares 15 fr. 45, 10 fr. 45, 6 fr. 75 c). — To Mont St. Michel. Railway to
(100 M.) Pontorson in 5V2 hrs. (p. 181; fares 19 fr. 95, 14 fr. 95, 10 fr. 95 c);
thence (51/2 M.) by railway-diligence or omnibus (see p. 227). — To St. Malo,
changing carriages at Dol (p. 222; hait of 1 hr. 40 min.), 126 M., in 91/2 hrs.