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Those of you who’ve been following my blog for a few years know how much my sister-in-law and I love the town of Plombières-les-Bains.  You’ll also remember that “les Bains” refers to the thermal baths that caused the Romans to settle here in 65 B.C.

As with most French (and European) towns, one side of the town square is home to a church.  In 1389 A.D, there was a chapel here,  Then as the town grew, a modest parish church was built.  The current Neo-Gothic ogival church was built in the late 1800’s.  What’s ogival?  It means having the shape of an ogive (now there’s a helpful definition!) or, in plain English, a pointed or Gothic arch.  You’ll see examples of this at the front of the church.

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There are a number of thermal baths in Plombieres-les-bains, France, with various elegant décors.  This one caught our eyes, though, because of the wonderful Art Deco interior.  We weren’t able to sample the various therapeutic delights available, but we did try the waters.  I mentioned in an earlier post that one type of water was to be taken if you have constipation, the other for diarrhea.   We made sure to try a little of each, just to keep things under control.  🙂  As for the thermal baths themselves, massages, and other choices, hopefully next time.

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Perhaps these doors in Plombières-les-Bains aren’t famous in and of themselves, but those found behind them at various times were.  People of all ranks and classes enjoyed the thermal baths throughout the centuries, baths of 85 degrees Centigrade/185 Fahrenheit. Let’s hope some cold water was added!  But whether you bathed in them or drank the mineral-filled waters, you might have been in illustrious company. And who knew whom you might pass on the streets?

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