Do the obvious
Apparently, what one can and should do once in Spa is to visit an original spa; if not for the medicinal properties of the waters than for the realization that Spa existed long before "spas" appeared everywhere else simply by hijacking this simple, easy-to-remember name and attaching it to "treatment-providing" outlets. This cleansing ritual would not only improve the visitor's body health but also his state of mind so he would not exclaim ever again when he sees a turreted castle: "Oh, it is like Disneyland!"
Circuit De Spa-Francorchamps (4)
Circuit De Spa-Francorchamps is one of the oldest and one of the most beautiful Grand Prix circuits in the world because its route through the magnificent scenery of the Ardennes.Francorchamps has 7km long(The old track 14 Km long) with dangerous artificial curve, it's unique in its kind which called the " raidillon " or steep rise that challenge the driver from all over the world to come and try.
The next Formular 1 will be held here on this August 25 "2013 FORMULA 1 SHELL BELGIAN GRAND PRIX (Spa-Francorchamps)" The ticket price varies depend on which day .It start from 23 -25 August.(23-24 practice day,25 race day)If you are real fan and need 3 days pass ,the cost will be 1,027 euro per person !!!! but if only on the race day will be ONLY 509 euro!!!!!! ... or see more details from www.formula1.com
Circuit De Spa-Francorchamps (3)
The driver who want to participtae Circuit De Spa-Francorchamps Test Day can choose to register for a full day or half day with or without pit access.
The price for the full day is 475 euro.The half day :The rental price for the morning sessions is 250€
The rental price for the afternoon session is 350€ VAT not included.
And only one driver is included at these prices.There is a charge of from €100 to register each extra driver for the day or from €50 for the morning half-day.From €75 for the afternoon half-day.I had chance to take picture with a driver while staff called all driver back to the pit lanebecause of some car 's problem.He's from Germany and always participate this kind of thing almost every year.Actually I almost ask to be his passenger for some experience but I have to register first and have to pay passenger price €50 and helmet is compulsory.Everything is so expensive,but that's their passion.
Circuit De Spa-Francorchamps (2)
I'm not really a fan of car racing,but just would like to visit the circuit as an experience and it's very lucky day to visit.I was in "man's world " for a while ,and after participated the event I enjoyed it very much.
Every season, the Spa-Francorchamps circuit is running Test Days that reserved for competition vehicles and licensed drivers (2CVs and Fun Cup cars not permitted).The calender for this year 2013,
26 March,27March,4April,24April,22May,12June and 18 Sep.The one I joined was on 10 June and it's only practice day not the "Test Day" itself .The atmosphere that day ,there were some participant came to register and preparing themselves for practicing.Somebody sell product of Alfa Romeo which was very expensive,we couldn't afford it.
Circuit De Spa-Francorchamps (1)
I had visittied Spa-Francorchamps circiut and I was so lucky that there was practice activity going on that day.We just drove in and the staff at the gate just let us go in ,a little surprised because normally to enter such a place I prepare to pay some ticket fee.When we were inside around the parking area,there were so many racing cars preparing to do some activity and almost all of them were Alfa Romeo ,we drove Alfa Romeo too so I guess that 's the reason why we can just go in ? I'm not sure..or it's free day for all.I'll find out and tell you again later.Here are some of the pictures .
Europe's Oldest Casino
The casino is housed in a fine old building. It dates form 1763.
Why you would want to enter a gambling house with no windows, where you could be almost anywhere in the world is beyond me. Entrance however is free, so it will provide shelter from the rain. If you must, 5 minutes probably covers it. Seen one Casino, seen them all.
Go out and shop for chocolate instead.
- Casino and Gambling
Have a spa at Les Thermes de Spa
Throughout Europe (and indeed the rest of the world), natural mineral waters are believed to the beneficial to the health. Whether there is any ACTUAL benefit, other than the relaxing pleasure of soaking ones self in warm water for a period of time is questionable. However the aparatchiks of the advertising industry have waxed lyrical, naming rabbit droppings as raisins, to boost the allure of the natural waters beyond anything credible, and have created a wealth of variations on a theme for you to spend tens to hundreds of euros on should you choose. Do you perhaps wish to have a massage?, a beauty treatment?, balneotherapy?,all these choices are there for you! There are even packages for 'people who are afraid of water'(!), 'girls with girls'(!?), and 'special for men'(!!). [not making this up - it is on the website]
For the basics, a 3 hour visit can cost 20 euros, though a discount to 16 euros exists after 17:30.
Other services will cost more. There are clothed and naturist areas of the spa.
A modern building now cloaks the old, allowing year round enjoyment. There are also packages including lunch should you choose to combine the two activities.
- Spa and Resort
Spa hosts one of the annual Formula 1 races, sadly I was there the weekend it was supposed to be on in 2006, but that year they decided to close the track for renovation. So we had to race around it ourselves....
La Fontaine de Groesbeeck
Just a few metres from la Sauveni?re you will find la Fontaine de Groesbeeck. This spring bears the name of Baron de Groesbeeck, because he had a small niche built in the wall bearing his coat of arms (1651). The water has diuretic properties.
General Area Or Directions
The Groesbeeck, Sauveniére, de la Reine springs and the monument a la Reconnaisance are close together.
Go up the route de la Sauvenière away from the citycentre untill the Route des Fontaines.
The Groesbeeck and Sauvenière are to the left over the crossing. Source de la Reine is found to your right across the route des fontaines. And the monument a la Reconnaisance is to your left before the crossing.
Source de la Reine
The Source de la Reine (Queens Spring) gives the water that is used in the baths. It contains little salt and is known for its diuretic effect. It also eliminates toxines from the body.
But the most famous for its bottled version Spa Reine.
The Source de la Reine is not easily found it is located in the woods, a few hundred meters from the road. A nice path across little streams will bring you there. Start at the parking spot at the beginning of the Route des Fontaines just of the route de la Sauvenière.
But although it is a nice walk the building, which was closed during our visit, is not very special. And maybe not even worth the effort. Better visit the source de la Sauvenière and Groesbeek at the other side of the road.
the old Bath house
In the years 1862-1868 the mayor of Spa Joseph Servais revolutionised the world of health resorts by ordering the building of a new bathhouse by architect Suys.
Today the building is used for expostions.
Homage to the liberators
At the outside of the building of the Pouhon Grand Pierre you can find this fountain. It is a hommage to the liberators of the United States Army, who liberated Spa on 10 september 1944. To end the horrors of the second world war.
enjoy the view
Walk up to hill close to Spa to enjoy the view from the Carriere Pirosson, at an altitude of 310m. The hill is located at the north-east of Spa and offers a great view. It is only 15 minutes from the city centre, and the climb is not very hard. The opening picture of our Spa page is also made from this viewpoint.
Source de Barisart
In 1559 Limborgh writes about the sources in Spa and he also mentions the Barisart.
The water here is very rich in minerals and is used to make the bubbly Spa water (Spa red). Naturally occurring carbondioxide (C02) is 6,4 - 8.0 g/l.
Untill 1850 the well was not exploited. It then was collected to use. It became a places where famous singers came to drink.
The Source Géronstère is situated 440 meters above sealevel. The water from this well is rich in sulfur and therefor recommended for disseases of the respiratory system. It was also claimed the water could cure some bile problems. Dr de Rye was the first one to do research on the water. In 1651 the count of Burgsdorff made a pavillion and an inn here. Which was restored in 1979 by the tourismcouncil of Spa. In 1717 Tsaar Peter the Great was here for treatment.
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