Thursday Doors…Plombières Les Bains, part 2

Posted: July 21, 2016 in Thursday doors, Travel
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Last Thursday, I introduced you just briefly to Plombières Les Bains, one of two new favorite cities of mine in France, each with many, many beautiful doors.  There’s plenty of information online about it, unfortunately mostly in French.  The Wikipedia entry in English is notable only for its paucity of information in comparison to the French version!

The “les bains” part of the name means “baths”, baths started by the Romans to take advantage of the thermal springs in the area.  Just imagine you’re a Roman, roamin’ the countryside in formation, wrapped in all that armor, maybe burninating a few peasants (anyone here familiar with Trogdor? Trog-door?) and you discover thermal springs, probably at that time in the shade of a number of leafy trees!  Ah, the bliss of a hot bath after a long day of marching (and maybe burninating)!  And I do mean hot. These springs offer up rather toasty waters: 85 degrees Centigrade, 185 Fahrenheit!  Of course, no spa wants to parboil their guests, so no worries about either relaxing in or drinking the waters.  At the National Baths, those with a prescription can enjoy five weeks of free baths (and much, much more, including lodging and meals), courtesy of the national health care system.   Nice work if you can get it, but who’s getting soaked here?  I’m assured that it’s not all lounging around while turning lobster red, though.  You have a regimen meant to shape you up and cure what ails you.  We sampled a drink of the two waters (different sources and temperatures) in the lobby of the National Baths.  Although one steamed gently, both were drinkable.  One had qualities to take care of constipation, the other the opposite.  We made sure to try both to avoid any complications!

Plombières isn’t just about baths, however attractive and healthful they may be.  As befits a city of ancient heritage, there are also a plethora of beautiful doors a/o doors with character.  So without further ado, let me introduce you to the first three in my rather substantial collection.

© janet m. webb 2016





  1. Dan Antion says:

    These are beautiful doors Janet. I like the center one the best. It needs a little loving care, but I think it’s a wonderful door.

    • I like that one, too, Dan. It’s a commercial door one on of the main streets, although “main street” doesn’t convey a narrow path used for walkers as well. 🙂


  2. joannesisco says:

    I really like the centre one too. Even the wooden boards replacing the missing glass on the left are old and weathered.

  3. marianallen says:

    TROGDOOOOORRRR!!!!! lol! You made my day! I think Door #2 wins the prize today. The stone arch, the old wood, the careful repair, the frosted glass with the name of the place (at one time, at any rate) — wonderful find!

  4. joey says:

    Maison Baumont gets my pick today, but they’re all great. Interesting stories with the baths. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  5. Norm 2.0 says:

    Yup that middle one seems to be the unanimous favorite and with good reason, though they are all lovely. Sounds like a nice spot to visit.

  6. I love all those doors, Janet, but I think maybe the middle one has the edge. I had to laugh at you taking both waters – to balance things out, so to speak. 🙂

  7. thegirlthatdreamsawake says:

    HI! i have nominated you for the the recognition bloggers award and hope you accept it 🙂 here’s the link

  8. I really like the weathered Maison Baumont doors. I laughed when I read you tried both waters to balance things out. 🙂 Looking forward to seeing more doors from this area.

  9. jesh stg says:

    The Romans (and presently the Eastern Europeans) take advantage of the hot springs,even medicinal baths for relaxation and health. I also like the door of Maison Beaumonts.Would like to see it restored to its former glory:)

  10. I also am drawn to the middle door, Janet. I bit of sandpaper and varnish, plus a few minor repairs would restore it to its former glory. 🙂

  11. Wonderful doors. Apparently the ancient Romans and Greeks would bathe a lot and there was a routine that they followed. Austria has a similar health care system – a more holistic approach.

  12. jan says:

    The second door needs TLC but what a beauty it must have been at one time.

  13. Candy says:

    these are charming

  14. Great doors! I do love the middle the best. Very smart to balance out the waters 🙂

  15. Beautiful doors! And I enjoyed your post about the baths, too 🙂

  16. I LOVE the second door — gorgeous and paint-able!

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