Did you know? – Amélie Special

Are you an Amélie aficionado? Here’s a miscellaneous selection of Amélie-related facts that may (or may not) help you win a local quiz.

Grab a cuppa, or something stronger, and enjoy 🙂

Je t’aime à la (micro) folie!

Have you heard of the micro-folie programme?

Architecturally speaking, a ‘folie’ is a building constructed mainly for decoration, but whose appearance could suggest some other purpose.

Inspired by the 26 folies, made of metal and painted bright red in the Villette park in Paris, the national micro-folie programme, in collaboration with a dozen French museums, is a digital museum and space for informal educational activities.

So what?

Well, here’s what: Amélie les Bains have their own micro-folie. The Amélie FabLab is a virtual reality area with digital printer, digital sewing machine, T shirt press… and access to all the culture you can drink in.

It’s also fun, convivial, educational and, best of all, FREE!

Develop your creativity and pop in to the Tourist Office or Mairie to find out more.

La voie verte

Hills? What hills? Hire an electric bike at the Tourist Office and head up into the mountains.

With a little bit of help from your electric friend, you won’t feel a thing – and if you want to feel the burn, just turn off the electricity!  

The Voie Verte network of cycle tracks offers you off-road or quiet road rides of every level, allowing you to explore for miles and miles.

voie verte

Lest we forget

Dr Jospeph Isidore Jean Bouix was mayor of Amélie from 1919 to 1941. Member of the Maquis (French Resistance), he was captured and imprisoned as a ‘personalité-ôtage’ (political prisoner used as a hostage) and then deported to Neuengamme concentration camps in Northern Germany.

He never made it back to Amélie.

The road up to Palalda from Amélie is named after him.

Station verte

Amélie is proud to have been designated a ‘station verte’, thanks to its rich history, wide choice of open-air activities and a municipal team that prioritises environmental protection and the enjoyment of Amélie’s natural assets.

This tourism standard was set up in 1964 to reward destinations offering stays promoting nature, sustainability and respect for the environment.

Other ‘stations vertes’ in the 66 are Vernet les Bains and Vinça.


As featured in POL N°69 (spring 2021)

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