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. 🙂

Budget Accommodation in Seoul

Passing through Seoul for a two-day layover is a good opportunity to visit this mega city. The idea of looking for accommodation seemed a bit daunting at first, but we soon found a place in a good location, and reasonably priced.

K-haus Gwanghwamun (patio) in Seoul source: booking.com

We found K-haus Gwanghwamun on booking.com which perfectly fits our budget. We booked a family room (sleeps three people) for two nights at 240,000 KRW ( for about € 160). Booking with booking.com was very easy!

I just love the patio and imagine sitting out there in the evening. I expect the city to be busy and loud, but a few drinks and some good company might help drown out the noise.

Review of this very new hotel is soon to follow.

From Incheon International, you can get there by – [Read more…]

Portuguese Restaurant in Oberursel

A few weeks ago, we passed this house on the way back to where we had parked our car (An der Bleiche). For some odd reason, we chose to walk a different route, which was along the creek between Eppsteiner Strasse (leading to the Marktplatz) and An der Bleiche.

Internationaler Verein Windrose e.V. Oberursel

This house, at first glance, looked like a regular residence to us – until we noticed the menu in the showcase. It featured quite a bit of seafood, some appetizers and about six steak dinners to choose from.

Yesterday evening, we went there. Since the sign above the entrance said  Internationaler Verein Windrose e.V., we first had to inquire if we needed to be members to get a meal. “No, this was changed a few years ago,” we were told. The Vereinslokal (club house) is open to the public now.

As walk-ins we got the last seats in the house (back room), where we enjoyed the best meal we have ever had in Oberursel! My husband had the Bife Brasil ( Brazilian steak with mushrooms, bacon, and shrimp in saffron sauce, served with potatoes and rice). I had Espetada mista di carne ( beef of a skewer, served with pototoes, rice, and beans). We were also served a big bowl of salad to share. The Portuguese wine EA (red and dry) was also reasonably priced at €14, 50 a bottle.

Since this is a club house, you should make reservations beforehand. A bit unorthodox, but you have to make the reservation in person (not by phone, not by e-mail), this is what their website Windrose Oberursel Vereinslokal stated. It is best to locate the restaurant beforehand anyway, because it is quite off the beaten path. The website still has the remark club house only open to members, but as I had stated earlier, this is no longer true.

The hours of operation are as follows: Wed 18:00 – 24:00, Fri 18:00 – 01:00 and Sat 18:00 – 01:00

Address: Neutorallee 18 in 61440 Oberursel

Last, but not least, this association is very engaged in helping young foreign students integrate into German school life in Oberursel and vicinity. In 2004, it was awarded the Integrationspreis by the Hochtaunuskreis. New members are always welcome.

Edit: You may also make your reservation by phone: 06171 – 3945 

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