Monday, July 5, 2010

h2o007 comes HOME...

Talk about 'returning to the source'!! I've made a career out of excelling in and around water, so it's with great enjoyment that our stage ends today in SPA, Belgium. Here are some facts:

As the famed site of healing hot springs, Spa has been frequented as a watering-place since as early as the 14th century. Though other sources of healing hot mineral springs have become famous throughout the world, it is the town of Spa which has become eponymous with any place having a natural water source that is believed to possess special health-giving properties, as a spa. The place name is from Walloon espa meaning "spring, fountain." In 1918, the German Army established its principal Headquarters in Spa, and it was from here that the delegates set out for the French lines to meet Marshal Foch and sue for peace in the consultations leading up to the Armistice which ended the First World War.

It is also the location of mineral water producer Spa. Spa mineral water has been bottled since the end of the 16th century...Spa mineral water comes from the grounds of the Hautes Fagnes, of which the upper layers exists from heath land and peat. There are several types of Spa mineral water. The several types of Spa mineral water are instantly recognizable by their color of the label. These labels are blue, red or green.

Spa Reine (Spa blue). It contains no carbonation and has a very low amount of minerals.

Spa Barisart (Spa red). It contains few minerals and some carbonation.

Spa Marie-Henriette. It contains natural carbonation.

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