Where to Get Free Drinking Water in Paris

After the Franco-Prussian War in 1972, the English philanthropist, Sir Richard Wallace financed 50 cast-iron drinking fountains, known as Wallace fountains, to the City of Paris (and to Lisburn).

The fountains with their free drinking water were a welcome gift to the poor in Paris, and new ones kept getting installed until the beginning of World War I.

Paris has more than three hundred fifty fountains, with the oldest one dating back to the 16th century.

Wallace Fountain in Paris

Wallace Fountain in Paris near Notre Dame

water – a public service

L'eau de Paris

L’eau de Paris

The sign also comes with a list of the water’s components.

Drinking water content

Drinking water content

Look out for these free water supplies along the most popular tourist walks. Drinking plenty of water while touring the city is a must. Yes, you may add some wine to that list, too. ūüôā

Notes from Germany

A free morning ahead of me – what bliss. During this free time, I usually get a lot done. Unless I while it away reading my friends’ facebook updates.

Earlier this morning, 6:15 to be precise, I took my morning coffee out onto the balcony.

This is my routine – I love to start each morning with frische Luft (fresh air: a very German trade, by the way). The coffee’s steam soon evaporated, I could feel the frost in the air, and heard windshields being scraped from all kinds of directions.

Foggy morning in Germany

Around 9 a.m., the fog moved in and it seems it’s here to stay. It is dense enough to halt most traffic in our area.

On a different note, there are a few things I have learnt recently.

One, raw chestnuts are not only edible, but also delicious. Source: A nine-year-old Korean boy told me.

Two, the idea of youth hostels started in Germany. Founded by Richard Schirrmann in 1912, Burg Altena opened the doors to its first youth hostel guests in 1914. The oldest youth hostel in the world sits right here in Germany. Source: German study book PING PONG 2

Three, an Irish friend let me borrow Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Amazon.de)¬† The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society (Amazon.com) from her shelf. Since then, I have learnt that the Nazis also occupied the channel islands during WW II, got the recipe for making a potato peel pie, and realized once more what an impact letter writing can have. What a delightful book! It also reminded me of my own intention of sending a handwritten note to one of my off-line friends once a week…

As of now, the fog is lifting. The sky is pulling up its veil again. Oh well, it was very pretty while it lasted.


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