Jeudi 24 janvier Les Salon des Thermalies
This arresting poster was in all the Metro papers. Cut it out and attend free a spa convention in the Carrousel du Louvre. Why not?
I've reached the conclusion that bathtubs are a sign of luxury in Paris...
Certainement in Parisian tiny apartments a shower is the most practical form of ablutions available (usually in a closet-like space).
I'm lucky to have quite a nice sized sale de baine in my little studio but it's still got a shower not a tub.
Back to the spa convention, Les Thermalies. There were 6 theme-based exhibition areas. This thing was huge and ran for FOUR days! Who knew?
Mud is big in France. Another surprise. Well any kind of treatment but especially salt/sea water in the North on the Atlantic coast and mud treatments. Spas from all over the world showed up and the place was jumping full of interested clientel signing on the dotted line.
I took a special liking to this elegant Venetian dipping his hand in a big pot of mud from Venice...in and out as an enticement to his spa.
Another area was dedicated to Le Salon de l'eau et du bien-etre/well being offering innumerable on-the-spot treatments - massages, facials, posture insoles, brushes for dead skin - endless choices plus mineral waters. Being thin and looking perfect does not come easily. Hard work is involved.
Framboise/raspberry creams looked appealing. There were big plates of fresh seafood available as well. Very a pro po.
Back to tubs. I have been on one of these tables getting a massage while shower heads soak you once long ago at Eugenie les Bains for a weeks stay in my salad days (whatever that means). They fed us lots of salades bien sur - cuisine minceur de Michel Guerard. The kilos fell off me.
These bathtubs were like boats - enormous!
And elaborate. I must reveal that French Girl has a 'shaped' bathtub I found difficult to get out of - French hips are non-existent.
Here's a not so luxe bathtub from the darling musee du Jouets in Poissy..ahem
Probably the closest I'll get to a bathtub in Paris is this fishbowl. Still attending Les Thermalies was eye-opening. Don't miss it next year if you get the chance.