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Beauty Therapy at Barbotan-les-Thermes Health Spa, Gers, Wednesday 3rd April 2013

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Barbotan-les-Thermes Health Spa

Barbotan-les-Thermes Health Spa

 

I had a bit of a rush this morning, when I realised we hadn’t put our watches and clocks forward yet  (3 days overdue) and it wasn’t until I heard the church bells that I realised it was already 9 am!  Good job we had got up early anyway, so I had time to finish my breakfast and cycle to the Spa at Barbotan, where I had my appointment for a kaolin bath and a facial cleansing at 9.30 am.  It is also very fortunate that it’s a very easy and short cycle ride there, even though the market was on and I couldn’t really cycle on the road that leads to the Spa, so I had to push my bike and walk even faster than my usual pace (which isn’t very slow, I hasten to add).

 

Barbotan-les-Thermes Health Spa

Barbotan-les-Thermes Health Spa

 

I made it on the nick of time with a few minutes to spare and got ready for my treatment, which was prompt and just as heavenly as I expected.

We started with the kaolin bath (€30), which I had never had before.  The very friendly therapist explained how the treatment would proceed and gave me some information about the minerals contained in this very light and white clay as she was brushing my whole body with it, which felt just wonderful, like a hot cream being spread.  After I was covered in kaolin from my neck down, she wrapped me in the plastic sheet I was lying on and switched on the floating bed, making the mattress sink slightly to meet the hot water below, giving a gentle massage which lasted for 20 minutes.  This has to be one of the most relaxing and enjoyable things I’ve done in my life and I would have gone to sleep if it’d lasted any longer.  I was really loathe to leave, but I still had my facial to look forward to.

So after a shower in the same cubicle, I proceeded to my next treatment (€8 for a simple facial) and a different therapist.  I’ve always enjoyed this and they used to be part of my monthly treats once upon a time, but I hadn’t had one in a few years and, again, it was just magical.  I love the scents of the products used and the light finger touch around my eyes, forehead and jaw: another little pleasure in life.

After the treatment, the therapist gave me a leaflet with the Décleor products she used for every step of the treatment: the cleansing milk (with lavender oil essence, orange and kiwi), the exfoliation cream (jojoba and cardamom), the eye lotion and the moisturising cream with flower nectar.  I bought this last one as an extra treat and I look forward to using it in the coming weeks.

All I can say now is that I left the Spa wanting to make another appointment to try other treatments of the many offered there, from thermal waves to manicures: pure heaven!

 

Barbotan

Barbotan

 

The rest of the day has been very relaxing indeed, adding to it that it has been the hottest day of the year for us so far and we enjoyed a bit of sunbathing, wearing shorts, hats and sunblock, as the sun was really biting by mid-afternoon (26°C in the van).

 

Barbotan

Barbotan

 

View from Barthelemy Gardens

View from Barthelemy Gardens

 

Adonis’s caught another carp: this time 18lb (9kg) and I’ve finished another motif for my crocheted tablecloth.  A very productive and fulfilling day all in all.

 

Another carp (18lb - 9kg)

Another carp (18lb – 9kg)

2 more nights to go here at wonderful Barbotan-les-thermes.

 

Pond at Barthelemy Gardens

Pond at Barthelemy Gardens

 

 

Barbotan

Barbotan

 

Barbotan

Barbotan

 

Barbotan

Barbotan

 

Crocheting and relaxing in the sun at Camping Lac de l'Uby, Barbotan

Crocheting and relaxing in the sun at Camping Lac de l’Uby, Barbotan

 

 

 

 

 

Barbotan-les-Thermes, Gers, Tuesday 2nd April 2013

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Our pitch at Camping du Lac de l'Uby

Our pitch and fishing swim at Camping Lac de l’Uby

 

We are now at our first proper destination of our Easter holiday at Camping Lac de l’Uby in Barbotan-les-Thermes in the Gers department in the Midi Pyrénéés region.  We arrived yesterday afternoon after having tried the motorhome aire at Lac de Clarens just south of Casteljaloux and, finding it shut just before 2 pm with a sign saying it’d open at precisely 2 pm!  We waited until 2.20 pm and the place didn’t open, so we arrived here one day earlier than expected.

 

Adonis with his prize catch

Adonis with his prize catch

 

We have pitch number 134, right by the lake, where Adonis has set up his bivvy on his fishing swim and has just caught a 14 ½ lb (7kg) carp, not as big as last summer’s catch, but since he only se up ‘shop’ this morning, he can’t really complain.  We are hoping to stay for another 4 nights and then we’ll move west to the coast at Lac de Leon.

I have just booked myself my holiday treat at Barbotan’s spa (or Thermes de Barbotan), what this lovely town is well known for.  I have an appointment at 9.30 am for a kaolin bath followed by a facial cleansing.  I can’t wait, as I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed one of those treatments, something I used to do regularly years ago.

 

The weather turned misty at Lac de l'Uby

The weather turned misty at Lac de l’Uby

 

The weather has been all over the place for, after a beautiful start yesterday morning at Verteuil-sur-Charente, it started pouring down in the early afternoon and continued with rain and wind for the rest of the day and part of the night.  The temperatures are higher, thankfully, and we didn’t need the blanket last night (first time since November!)  This morning the van felt much warmer and we had a bright start to the day, but the wind picked up and it’s not so pleasant sitting outside.  Still, it was nice enough to cycle into Barbotan earlier on following the cycle path, which only takes 5 minutes.

 

Our pitch and motorhome seen from the opposite side of lake

Our pitch and motorhome seen from the opposite side of lake

 

The drive here was very straightforward from Verteuil-sur-Charente, following the A10 south to Angoulême, Barbezieux-St-Hilaire, St André-de-Cubax (just northeast of Bordeaux) and from there the D670 est to Libourne, past St Emilion and south to La Réole, D1113 to Marmande and finally D933 to Casteljaloux and Barbotan.  The roads are excellent, except for one short stretch somewhere I’ve already forgotten about, and were mainly empty due to it being bank holiday Monday.

 

A little Weir at Lac de l'Uby

A little Weir at Lac de l’Uby

 

Lovely sunset on the opposite side of lake

Lovely sunset on the opposite side of lake

 

It looks like a lovely evening now with the sun dropping at the opposite side of the lake: a room with a view indeed!

 

Priceless sunset!

Priceless sunset!