Saturday, October 13, 2012

Eaux Bonnes

While there is evidence of human habitation in Eaux Bonnes dating from the Bronze Age, this little village was in its hey-day during the 18th and 19th centuries. Its hotels and apartments hosted such dignitaries as the Empress Eugenie who came here then to 'take the waters' in the thermal baths.. The buildings look very Parisian, and Edith and I could tell that it was at one time a beautiful and bustling village. When we visited, however, it was mostly shuttered and crumbling. Such a shame! The thermal baths are still open, though, as well as a few of the accommodations such as this one.

The casino is closed although part of it remains open as an art gallery for local artists and a cultural center. I spoke with the man responsible for an incredible collection of area butterflies and insects on display there. He told me that the full time winter population of this pretty village is only 50 people.

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