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The Water and The Source

My sons loves to find the source of water.  IMG_7397 There are private homes where his friends have lived, where we once lived,  in Saint Louis and Saint Peters  that have  their very own ancient wells. Ancient  to us, that is,  would be around the time the sub-division was created, or to really nail it — You might begin with The history of St. Louis, Missouri.

St. Louis on the Mississippi river by night. J...

St. Louis on the Mississippi river by night. Jefferson National Expansion Memorial aka. Gateway Arch and Old Courthouse are visible. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It began with the settlement of the St. Louis area by Native American mound builders who lived as part of the Mississippian culture from the 800s to the 1400s, followed by other migrating tribal groups. Starting in the late 1600s, French explorers arrived, and after the French and Indian War, a French trading company led by Pierre Laclede and Auguste Chouteau established  St. Louis in February 1764. The city grew in population due to its location as a trading post on the Mississippi River In 1803, the city and the region were sold to the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase.  (Read, edited and taken in part from Wikipedia ).

So, My cute little  sons, wearing their best coats and using  fork shaped divining rods were known to hike into thick underbrush just to find “The Source” muddied coats and all…..  back in the 80’s in Saint Louis………

SO imagine our surprise when we discovered in this part of the world (France)   The Spring at Saint-Pierre- Les-Aubagne  (Pronounced O-Bahn) not far from where we live in Cassis.

The Hostellerie de la Source (the name comes from the spring that runs through the property), is a 17th-century bastide surrounded by the loveliest of gardens with ponds and swans  and shaded  by box trees that are over 800 years old.

At the beginning of the 1920’s, the aide-de-camp to the last Czar of Russia, Nicholas II, lived here with his family.

The Czar (LOC)

Having fled their country, the Semenoffs stayed several years in Saint-Pierre -les-Aubagne and even transformed what is now Room No. 16 into a Russian Orthodox chapel.

The Hostellerie de la Source  as it is named since it became a hotel is one of those traditional Provencal hotels that is delightful to visit especially if you talk to the proprietor that lives there. Yves, is his name.  He’s over 75 and looks fit and energetic and he says “ it’ s because of the WATER.”   His description of the place, ” – there is a Roman Aqueduct on the property….plus the  cisterns run underneath the hotel and the road next to it.”

IMG_8574        Being told  “many  people  each day come to fill up their large containers,”   sent us scurrying out to The “Cooperative” down the road to buy a “Jerrycan” so we could fill up our own and take it home.   Yes!
We have to get there before 1pm – any day – (it opens up to the public at 8am) and we can take as much water as we like.    IMG_2666

The Hostellerie de la Source  – whose water is said to have exceptional qualities.  Its principal component is barium, an alkaline-earth metal with anti-acid properties that is rarely found in such concentrations.  Not very gassy, the spring water is particularly light, rich in calcium and magnesium, and contains no nitrates.  The spring, whose age has been determined by carbon-14 dating at between 2,500 and 7,000 years, could well be, who knows, an elixir of youth……IMG_2668 IMG_2670

Now discover Marcel Pagnol and his Manon de la SourceJean de Florette and many other of his fabulous stories and films – just one of the reasons we came to France………………..

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4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Vickicapricorn #

    I need some of that water lol

    February 17, 2013
  2. I thought your lead-in to your part about the “source” with background on STL was great. I learned some things about its history I did not know. A very interesting post…..loved sharing our little adventures into Provence’s past this weekend with you!

    February 17, 2013
  3. Ian Wallace #

    Missouri’s motto was “the cave state” before it was “the show me state”. In St. Peters we lived near “Cave Springs” road but I dont remember where a spring is in st. peters. I know of the we found in Creve Coeur.

    February 18, 2013

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