Guided tour « In the footsteps of Valery Larbaud and his famous contemporaries in Vichy »


The Multimedia Centre Valery Larbaud of the city of Vichy (which is the International Resources Centre of Thermal Heritage), EHTTA and the Route des Villes d’Eaux du Massif Central participated in the 2014 European Heritage Days by offering a new guided tour through the European project "Source of culture: Cafes of Europe."

This cultural guided tour is the first of a series that will involve all the cities of EHTTA. These visits will be based on the iconic personalities who have marked local and European history, in a spirit of cultural dialogue.

The idea of a guided tour « In the footsteps of Valery Larbaud and his famous contemporaries in Vichy » appeared at the Multimedia Centre Valery Larbaud of the city of Vichy in the framework of SOURCE project.

Indeed, the various cafés of Europe organized in this context emphasized the catalytic role of spa towns in the literary, artistic and musical creation. It seemed interesting to highlight the thermal heritage of Vichy, whether architectural or literary, through the writings of celebrities.


Valery Larbaud, writer who lived in Europe as much as in his native Bourbonnais.

This guided tour of Vichy shows deep roots of Valery Larbaud in his city. The visit was conducted by a guide and animated by an actor who read the words of the writer and the words of his family and his friends.

This footpath showed in each step the links between Valery Larbaud  and a European space he has traveled relentlessly.

Around Valery Larbaud were notably mentioned personalities like Léon-Paul Fargue, Jean Giraudoux, Roger Désormière and Albert London ...

The selection of the steps is the result of constraints: 

- geographical constraints: a feasible coherent circuit of 2 hours walk 
- historical constraints: personalities of the 20th century for better literary and historic consistency
- constraints of characters: characters sufficiently known to a wide enough audience (national recognition) 
- literary constraints : to find a literary text in relation to the place or the personality mentioned in each step 

                                                                        


Frequentation: 90 people on 2 scheduled visits during 2014 European Heritage Days (public mostly of the Vichy agglomeration).

The guided tour « In the footsteps of Valery Larbaud and his famous contemporaries in Vichy » will be scheduled as part of the events organized around the Price Larbaud (5 June 2015).

In front of the success of the guides devoted to the heritage of Vichy since 10 years,  the Multimedia Centre Valery Larbaud of the city of Vichy decided to publish a fifth volume in this collection.

After « Vichy Hôtels », « Vichy Villas », « Échappées bucoliques » and « Belles boutiques et grandes enseignes », the latest opus is entitled « In the footsteps of Valery Larbaud and his famous contemporaries in Vichy ».

To extend the visit beyond the Heritage Days, the Route des Villes d’eaux du Massif central has posted this visit on the platform www.cirkwi.com also available as mobile applications.