The water is warm, its champagne bubbles gently massaging and relaxing. The air is cold and crisp. The sun glitters through the trees.
The mist rises off the water and drifts my cares away. If only the kids' screams of delight weren't ricocheting off the mountains as they try to drown each other...
Saturday's be-kind-to-yourself outing was to Bad Alvaneu, an unassuming little sulphur spa in the Albula Valley in the Swiss canton of Grigiona/Graubunden, only 21/2 hours away from Cannobio. The small centre, attached to a very much larger 18-hole golf course, has both indoor and outdoor pools (34 degrees), saunas, Turkish baths and solarium. Nothing fancy. Just everything you need to see off that 'flu that's been hanging around for the last week.
Children (even mine) are very welcome between the hours of midday and 6pm. And just to show you how welcome they are, the Very Sensible Swiss sell swim nappies on the spot just in case you've forgotten. And if they're under 6 they can go in for free, making this a particularly affordable afternoon.
Info : http://www.bad-alvaneu.ch/
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