Wednesday, July 11, 2012

French Alps Best Kept Spa Secret

I just took a few days off to escape the gloomy summer weather of Brussels and headed to my hometown of Grenoble, in the beautiful French Alps.  I closed Chocolatine Boutique for a few days and enjoyed the nice weather and warmth of a well-deserved mini summer vacation.  One day, I took my girls to one of my favorite places...  
Chocolatine Boutique on Vacation
Nestled at the foot of the Belledone mountains, 15 minutes from Grenoble and renowned as the traditional home of the hydrotherapy industry in Isere: Uriage-Les-Bains, a spa town famous since antiquity for its curative water.
Uriage-Les-Bains Baths
The place is still rather undiscovered from tourists even though great celebrities like Coco Chanel, Sacha Guitry and Napoleon III once frequented the place and enjoyed the spas magical waters.  In addition, the upscale little town holds a very mild climate, a casino, fine restaurants and a couple of nice golf courses.
The "Sulky" Horses
The Restaurant "Les Terrases"
Palais de La Source

The Carroussel
Locals playing a "Petanque" game
Of course, we could not leave the place without buying some cold cream made by the Uriage Dermatological laboratories with bases from the thermal water.

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