On August 15th 1931, Georges Simenon was already a famous writer. Two years prior, he had created his main character: Maigret. He was invited to Deauville to sign some of his works. He arrived in his yacht, the Ostrogoth and moored in the Yacht basin. During his stay in Deauville, Simenon captured images and sensations. The writer who loved showing the world as it was had a style that matched his lifestyle. Deauville inspired him a new character: La Fleuriste de Deauville. He wrote about his stay in Deauville in 1977, in one of his memory collection: Point-Virgule (Semicolon).

"At that time, around 1931, when I was turning twenty eight, Deauville was like the summer centre of the elegant world. Private planes of rich English folk were continuously landing. Others were arriving too, from faraway countries, in fast cars. There weren’t many hotels in Deauville and many of the world’s elite were happy to find a bathtub to sleep in… "

Georges Simenon: Point-virgule,
Presses de la Cité, 1979