Being francophiles and francophones, we like to visit nearby French regions. One of our recent discoveries was Vittel, an old thermal resort and home to the world famous mineral water. The trip takes just 2 hours from Luxembourg, and provides the opportunity to enjoy the French “art de vivre” in its pure old fashioned way.
It was the first weekend of the official “season”, and the city was still quiet. The thermal park was literally dipped in water, and combined with bright blue skies it created a very refreshing effect. It felt so different in comparison to our everyday environment, the air felt sweeter and the grass was definitely greener.
Vittel is one of the most touristic cities in Vosges, and it has a lot to offer. Some buildings were built by Charles Garnrier, the architect of the Paris Opera, big fan of Vittel. Apart from the thermal baths, there is a hippodrome, an olympic swimming pool, play parks with animals etc..
Craquant parfumé crème brulée et fruits rouges
The city of Contrexeville, located nearby, is smaller but has its own retro charm in addition to its famous dieting cures. I can recommend the restaurant at Hotel de Lorraine, also very popular among the dieting crowd, so be sure to book in advance.
Je ne vais pas expliquer à mes lecteurs francophones pourquoi j’aime la France. Ou plutôt ça mérite un article à part.
Voici mon petit reportage de notre visite à Vittel et à Contrexeville. J’adore visiter les endroits qui ont vécu, et qui vieillissent plutôt bien.
Le restaurant à l’Hôtel Lorraine de Contrexeville est très bien. Reservation est recommandée, car il est tres populaire parmis les “curistes”.