Vichy, town of 28,000 inhabitants, all of whom seem to be fighting on a daily basis for the very few free parking spaces. Besides that, the town has a very mixed history - the mineral waters have led to various spin off products, such as carrots Vichy; Vichy mints, which contain the spa water, and of course Vichy cosmetics. But the town is probably most famous for its unfortunate choice as the new capital by the collaborative French Government during the Second World War from 1940 to 1944.


On the outskirts of Vichy is an aquarium (“L’observatoire des poissons migrateurs”), where you can actually watch the fish in the river Allier going about their daily business.

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