Reviews on Water for Senior Travel

Jun 2nd, 2011 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Evian, Vittel ,Perrier, Badoit, Volvic, Vichy … and more than 200 other brands of bottled water can be found on most every table in France. The French would not consider drinking water from a tap or even in a glass at home or in a restaurant. That is no doubt why there are so many different kinds of water on every grocery shelf throughout the country. So seniors, before you travel to Paris, here is information on some of the bottled water you will find in France.  I’ve tried them all and they are all excellent.

Mineral water is ‘de l’eau minérale’ in French. French mineral water has a reputation of being pure. Usually large areas surrounding the sources are left unspoiled (it is forbidden to use fertilizers and other chemicals).  Mineral water can be sparkling (with effervescence), or still (without effervescence). Traditionally, mineral waters were used or consumed at their source, often referred to as “taking the waters” or “taking the cure,” at sites such as spas, baths or wells.

Evian water was discovered in 1789 by the Marquis de Lessert. Not only did he find the water light and refreshing but he also found that his health improved and his illness disappeared. Evian water originates as snow and rainfall on the peaks of the Alps and is filtered through aquifers in the heart of the mountains, for 15 years, before finally reaching its source in the town of Evian-les-Bains.

Sold in over 72 countries worldwide, Vittel water is bottled in the town of Vosges where it was discovered in 1854.  Mineral water is the core line of Vittel but they also do spin off lines.  In 2002 the Vittel + Energy range was
launched. This is a sport drink with a mineral water base. They also do a number of fruit flavored waters that are sugar free and designed to encourage higher water consumption, particularly during summer months.

The legend of Perrier water dates as far back as Hannibal, who allegedly discovered it in 218 B.C., while crossing Spain to conquer Rome. The Romans were the first to build a stone basin on the site of the source around two hundred years after it was discovered by Hannibal. The first commercial ventures began in 1863 after the Granier
family purchased the Bouillens estate, which held the source. In 1898 Louis Perrier took over the estate and gave the water his name.    In 1992 the Perrier water, one of the few naturally carbonated waters, in its distinctive green glass,
screw top bottles, had become such a market player that Nestle waters bought out the brand.

Badoit water is another of the few natural fizzy waters. Filtered through a layer of granite rock in the Saint Galmier region of France, it emerges at source with a light, natural sparkle, unlike most sparkling waters, which have gaseous bubbles added during the bottling process. Light and refreshing, this delicate mineral water is a favorite amongst the best hotels and restaurants in the world.

Volvic water (one of my favorites) has been naturally filtered through the volcanic rock of the Auvergne region in central France. Fresh rainwater falls on the region.  This then passes very slowly through the porous layers of lava in the volcanic aquifers. The water is then drawn from deep within the ancient volcano, at the base of the Puy de la Nugere, before being immediately bottled at the Clairvic source.

Vichy has a specific and unique taste with fine bubbles which make it very agreeable on the palate… Vichy Célestins can be enjoyed throughout the day: in the morning it refreshes your complexion, with lunch and dinner it lightens your meal and enhances your enjoyment of each meal!  Since the time of the Gallo-Roman empire Vichy has been among the most well-known of France’s thermal springs. I’ve been to Vichy and it was totally cool. The spa is the best part of the city and bathing in the infamous waters is highly regarded by many enthusiasts.

So when you are thirsty or having a meal, just ask a Frenchman which one he likes and try it. jeb

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