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Discover Paris in the spring, Caen in Normandy and its marvellous markets plus Yvoire, a picturesque village on the edge of Lake Geneva in Haute-Savoie. Explore Saint-Omer, a historic city in the far north that's full of secrets and treasures, and Evian, where Frankenstein's monster stayed! Head with us to Metz in Lorraine to find out about its incredible past, La Couvertoirade, one of the prettiest villages in France, and the UNESCO heritage of Avignon. Guides, gorgeous photos, what's new in France, the best tours and delicious recipes from the legendary Le Nôtre bakery in Paris - and more.

Discover Paris in the spring, Caen in Normandy and its marvellous markets plus Yvoire, a picturesque village on the edge of Lake Geneva in Haute-Savoie. Explore Saint-Omer, a historic city in the far north that's full of secrets and treasures, and Evian, where Frankenstein's monster stayed! Head with us to Metz in Lorraine to find out about its incredible past, La Couvertoirade, one of the prettiest villages in France, and the UNESCO heritage of Avignon. Guides, gorgeous photos, what's new in France, the best tours and delicious recipes from the legendary Le Nôtre bakery in Paris - and more.

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The history of Evian

The curative virtues of the water in Evian were

first discovered in the late eighteenth century

by a French aristocrat. The Marquis de Lessert,

whilst out walking in the town in 1789, took a

drink from a natural spring. He was much taken

with it pronouncing it to be ‘easy to drink’. It

started a trend and an enterprising local started

to sell bottles of it. People were wowed by the

water’s qualities. If it was good enough to drink,

it was certainly good enough to bathe in. The

first “Hydropathetic Establishment” (thermal

spa) opened in 1826. Hotels, restaurants, and a

casino followed, keen to cash in on the visitors

who flocked to the town.

What to see in Evian

From the hotel it’s a downhill stroll and

twenty minute uphill cardio-vascularly

challenging hike back to the town of Evianles

Bains. It’s a surprisingly culturally rich town

with a medieval hospital and a thirteenth

century church. The Belle Epoque stye is

obvious with a lake front 1878-built casino

and a theatre with a neo-classical façade

which was built in 1885, the 1900-built Palais

Lumiere, and the 1826-built Cachat Pump

Room (which is being restored). The funicular

railway was completed in 1907. At the Cachat

Source, Sainte Catherine’s Fountain, built in

1903, the locals fill up their bottles with free,

magnesium-rich, sand-bank filtered water.

A French count fleeing from the French

Revolution, suffering from gallstones was said

to be cured by drinking the water from this

source daily. It flows year round at a constant

temperature of 11.6°C.

Tranquil.

Sans gaz.

62 | The Good Life France

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