I stayed only one night in the historic spa town of Vichy whilst in France. Known for its mineral waters and thermal baths whose patrons included Latetia Bonaparte (mother of Napoloeon), it has a long history which extends to this day. I am also aware that Vichy’s Mayor is Claude Malhuret. (Together with Bernard Kouchner, they are the co-founders of the organization Médecins Sans Frontières or Doctors Without Borders)

Being such a short stay, I did not have the opportunity to test it out. I barely had time to walk around town before it got too dark to go anywhere else. But nevertheless, I was rewarded with a gorgeous sunset. Perhaps this memory is enough to bring me back next time. Here are some photos From Vichy. If you are ever in the vicinity, do drop in as this town has definitely more to it than meets the eye!

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By the time I had settled in and walked out, evening was already fast approaching.
This is the biggest shopping mall in the city.
But I managed to walk down the Main Street and find the biggest shopping mall in town albeit modest by big city standards. (It has only one storey!)
Despite its size, I was surprised to learn that it has a casino!
Then walking a bit further,  I was surprised to learn that it has a casino which apparently is well patronized.
I guess even more surprising was the it also had an Opera house!
I guess even more surprising then was to learn that Vichy also has an Opera house. This was built in 1900 which then is rather an infant comparatively!
A park by the lake that is well lit
Walking nearer to the river, there is a very nice park that is quite well lit with vichyssois (which the local inhabitants are called) taking evening walks.
A source of mineral spring water. As you can see, it was already getting dark by now.
The building surrounding a source of mineral spring water. As you can see, it was already getting dark by now but there were still people in there filling up their empty bottles with drinking water from the springs.
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Then I stopped to enjoy the glorious sunset so beautifully reflected on the still waters of the Allier River that runs past it.
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