Paris. La Belle France. Spain Volume 5

Paris. La Belle France. Spain Volume 5

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ... waters. In fact, these baths have always been more popular than those of Eaux Bonnes or Eaux Chaudes. French royalty has been frequently represented here, and one of the springs at Cauterets is said to have been visited by Julius Caesar, and now bears his name. At all events, that the old Roman conquerors of Gaul and Spain knew of these waters and their healing properties seems to be beyond question. With these advantages, the bathing establishment at Cauterets is, as we might expect, unusually fine. It is a marble structure, handsome without and luxurious within, --containing white-tiled bath-rooms and two spacious apartments for swimming. Above these, a broad marble stairway leads to reading and billiard rooms, a cafe, a restaurant, and a small theatre. The use of these waters is, however, a serious affair, to be directed only by the resident physicians. The latest scientific appliances are employed, and one can be treated here in almost every conceivable way, from spraying to steaming, and from showering to soaking. For those who are not invalids, however, the chief inducement for a visit to Cauterets is the THE PIC DU MIDI. number of excursions to be made from it. The most enjoyable of these I found to be the expedition to the Lac de Gaube, a journey of about three hours on foot or horseback. We started early in the morning, and the exhilarating ride up a wild crevice in the mountains, flanked now by granite preci pices, now by huge black fir-trees, forms one of my most delightful recollections of the Pyrenees. At intervals halts were made beside the waterfalls which, here as elsewhere in these wooded mountains, are both numerous and beautiful. The Lac de Gaube, the ultimate object of the excursion, is one of the loneliest sheets of water in..show more

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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236541839
  • 9781236541833