Springs of France: Spa Towns in France, Vichy, Rochefort, Charente-Maritime, Luxeuil-Les-Bains, Bagnères-De-Luchon, Rennes-Les-Bains

 
9781158080632: Springs of France: Spa Towns in France, Vichy, Rochefort, Charente-Maritime, Luxeuil-Les-Bains, Bagnères-De-Luchon, Rennes-Les-Bains
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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 115. Not illustrated. Chapters: Spa Towns in France, Vichy, Rochefort, Charente-Maritime, Luxeuil-Les-Bains, Bagnères-De-Luchon, Rennes-Les-Bains, Vernet-Les-Bains, Saint-Amand-Les-Eaux, Lons-Le-Saunier, Aix-Les-Bains, Enghien-Les-Bains, Prats-De-Mollo-La-Preste, Digne-Les-Bains, Évian-Les-Bains, Divonne-Les-Bains, Saint-Nectaire, Puy-De-Dôme, Dax, Landes, Amélie-Les-Bains-Palalda, Cauterets, Mont-Dore, Bagnères-De-Bigorre, Cambo-Les-Bains, Chaudes-Aigues, Thonon-Les-Bains, Bourbon-L'archambault, Bourbon-Lancy, Contrexéville, Vittel, Eaux-Bonnes, Bourbonne-Les-Bains, Royat, Eaux-Chaudes, List of Spa Towns in France, Luz-Saint-Sauveur, La Bourboule, Jonzac. Excerpt: Vichy (French pronunciation: ; Occitan: ) is a commune in the department of Allier in Auvergne in central France. It is known as a spa and resort town. It was the de facto capital of Vichy France during the World War II Nazi German occupation from 1940 to 1944. The town inhabitants are called Vichyssois. Up until the 18th century they were more properly known as les Vichois which stems from the Occitan name of the town, Vichèi. The writer Valery Larbaud uses the term Vicaldiens after the Ancient Roman name for the community. With 80,194 inhabitants, Vichy's urban area is the second largest in the Auvergne region behind Clermont-Ferrand. Vichy lies on the banks of the Allier River. The source of the Allier is in the nearby Massif Central mountain range which lies only a few miles to the south, near the region's capital, Clermont-Ferrand. Heavy snows in the Massif Central often make roads impassable, but Vichy is low enough at about 800 feet (260 meters) above sea level that the climate is more continental. Rainfall is moderate around Vichy, averaging about 30 inches (75 centimeters) annually. The historical existence of volcanic activity in the Massif Central is somewh...

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