They’re extra-spacial, our thermal favourites, now officially UNESCO Europe Spa Towns.
Eleven towns were selected to represent Europe from Britain, Germany, Austria, France, Belgium, Italy and the Czech Republic.
Bath, naturally flies the flag for the UK… it’s in the name.
And in Germany where they’re known as Bad as in Baden Baden, Bad Ems, Bad Kissengen.
As well as Baden bei Wien in Austria.
Czech these springs
We’ve lain back and thought of Western Bohemia In the Czech Spa Triangle of Karlovy Vary, Frantiskovy Lazny and Marianske Lazne
Italy boasts Montecatini and France Vichy.
While, of course, Spa in Belgium just had to be included.
As we owe the Belgian town for bestowing the name for our favourite health-giving relaxation.
Water of life
Water is, of course, the source of all life and our spas but the Belgians are all too aware of its devastating force too.
And our friends at the European Historic Thermal Towns Association revealed how they had worked hard and held their breath to see if Spa would be hit.
The original Spa
Spa though was blessed, perhaps because of its status as a healing centre.
With its qualities recognised as far back as Pliny the Elder.
He sayeth: ‘This water purges the body, cures fevers, and dispels calculous affections.’
Royal seal of approval
While King Henry VIII’s physician Agostino introduced the monarch to the waters… and dare say he needed it.
It was no surprise then that his descendant Charles II should take exile here from Cromwell.
His warts and all skim could have used some treatment.
Spas, while popular with the rich and famous are not their preserve.
And I happily joined the Great Unwashed in Marianske Lazne.
Though I did indulge myself by bathing in King Edward VII’s bath.
So congratulations to UNESCO Europe Spa Towns.
Although this doesn’t let UNESCO dumping Liverpool off its Heritage List or https://visitbelgium.comyears before the reconstructed Renaissance City Dresden.