Tent Textiles Set Biarritz Beach Style
It’s hard to imagine Biarritz without its beach tents.
These photos I took in Biarritz show the power of textiles to set the tone and atmosphere of a location.
A small city on the Atlantic shores of southern France, Biarritz first gained fame in the mid-19th century as a preferred vacation spot for the wife of Napoleon III, Empress Eugenie. Charmed by the city, Napoleon built Eugenie a palace on the beach that was eventually expanded into the shape of the letter E.
Biarritz continues to nourish its imperial heritage. Many buildings are festooned with castle towers and a sizeable portion of the population appears to have Napoleonic names, such as Josephine and Eugenie.
Thanks to the strength of their stripes and open fronted shape, the beach tents have an imperial feel. Lined up in military row, it feels like Napoleon III might emerge at any moment to the lay out battle plans or – more likely – enjoy sip champagne and the waters.
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