Flickr photo of the day: Elite panda paddling

Michael Clemmer
Compass

For over 100 years the French haute société has frolicked by the sea at La Baule-Escoublac, an exclusive resort in Brittany. When not frolicking while disguised as a panda or as an “Oh là là copine” in a bikini, they can enjoy fine cuisine at a luxury hotel or swap their Euros for chips at the casino. For those who aren’t young, rich and beautiful, just being rich will do.

It was in 1879 that Parisian industrialist Jules-Joseph Hennecart saw the possibilities for a resort situated on the beautiful Bay of Biscay. He bought nearly 100 acres of dunes behind a long sandy beach and commissioned architect Georges Lafont to build a new town: La Baule-Escoublac.

Photograph by Ioan Bacivarov.