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BADEN-BADEN WILL UPLIFT YOU IN EVERY WAY

Baden-Baden, Germany: When my children were small I used to dream of the day I might take a bath without one or another hammering on the door - or worse. Well, now my time has come and I must say that never, even in my fondest dreams, did I envisage the absolute luxury of bathing at Brenner's Park Hotel in Baden-Baden............

It's not a whirlpool, or a hot tub for two, nor is it filled from the soothing hot springs for which this town is famous. It is a regular bathtub in an oversized marble bathroom, with French doors opening to a balcony and gardens below. Here I can lie in perfumed splendour, listening to birdsongs above the gurgling River Oos, while idly attempting to identify trees on its far banks. It is a totally relaxing experience, and just one of many I've enjoyed during my few days here........