Vichy, the "Queen of the Spa Towns" was a favourite spot of Napoleon III and you can still see his villa, in the park near the River Allier.  The river and the parks in Vichy, with covered promenades near the central springs at the Hall des Sources provide the perfect place for gentle exercise, and there are plenty of activities on offer, as well as relaxing in the famous waters, which are the basis for one of Europe's leading cosmetic and skincare brands.   In the evening, see the story of Vichy told in spectacular illuminations projected onto the Palais de Congres-Opera, or step inside to enjoy a musical performance in Vichy's golden opera house. Don't forget to pick up some Vichy mints, and to "check" out souvenirs made with the ginham fabric that has become associated with Vichy.