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No. 288: Cats on a Wet Deauville Roof

We are enjoying a relaxing, albeit extremely foggy and cool sojourn in Deauville. The rooftops are magnificent in this old school beach resort and I am charmed by the ceramic felines creeping about the gables and tiles.


I am guessing they are there to keep the seagulls and pigeons at bay, but there has to be a more enchanting tale, nest ce pas? I have scoured the web but have yet to find a beguiling yarn. Does anyone know the legend of the cats (and squirrels) on the not-so-hot roofs of Deauville?


7 Comments Post a comment
  1. No idea about the cats and squirrels (maybe Deauville equivalent of Cornish piskies?)
    Some cute house (and roofs) there though
    I look at roofs a lot, perhaps I need therapy?j

    June 27, 2014
  2. They’re fake?! They look so real! 🙂

    June 29, 2014
  3. suespix #

    this looks like the story:

    July 3, 2014
  4. hello……La poterie du Mesnil de Bavent, has been making these cats and other roof/ facade decorations since 1842.

    June 26, 2015
    • Thank you for this comment. I just picked up some posters of Deauville, and I had been wondering again about those cats. I am excited to research this more. Merci bien!

      June 26, 2015

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