This map plots the settings and references in In Search of Lost Time (Vol I): Swann's Way

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Balbec
Cabourg
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The fictional seaside pleasure resort of Balbec is based on Cabourg in Normandy. Although it is mentioned in Swann's Way, the narrator does not actually visit Balbec until volume two, Within A Budding Grove. Proust stayed at the Grand Hôtel in Cabourg for two summers in 1907 and 1914.

 

Cabourg Poster
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