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14078Re: [Slovak-World] Re: Lost Recipe

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  • Matchett
    Dec 9, 2005
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      The best spring water I ever tasted was in Marianka where there's a
      shrine and grotto to Mary. My cousin told me to bring a bottle as we
      were going there for Mass. I was thinking holy water and had a little
      bottle! He laughed and gave me a big bottle. When we got there I saw
      people lined up with jugs and bicycle riders filling up their water

      I had been there with my mother in 1982 and not many people were there.
      I was told there was just one old priest. I didn't see the spring at
      the time. Now, the seminary there has several candidates for the
      priesthood and there are many booths selling religious articles.
      Helene's tour stopped there in 2000 and the church was being restored.

      When I was there in '02 for Mass (and got the water), the church was
      overflowing with people and rows of chairs set up outside. It is one
      of my favorite places to visit and recall my mother's many stories of
      processions there from her home in Zahorska Bystrica.

      Julia Matchett

      On Thursday, December 8, 2005, at 01:37 PM, Tom Flynn wrote:

      > On Mon, 5 Dec 2005, Martin Votruba wrote:
      >>> It might have been at the spring lower down (closer to the
      >>> road) that we stopped...I remember being on that same road
      >>> on a previous trip
      >> Yes, Tom, the mineral spring is quite well known today because it's on
      >> the main route between Bratislava and Presov/Kosice, under 10 miles
      >> east of Levoca near Spis Castle. And indeed, you cannot see the
      >> chapel and new-fangled geyser from the spring where passers-by get the
      >> water, you'd have to climb about 160 ft. One of Slovakia's most
      >> popular mineral waters comes from the village of Baldovce only 2 miles
      >> away. They started bottling and selling it about 200 years ago.
      >> The warm springs at your ancestral Teplica are mineralized, too, but
      >> people have traditionally not been too enthusiastic about warm springs
      >> when they wanted drinking water. The name of the nearby _Slanec_ that
      >> you mention is related to "salt/salty" and indicated springs and
      >> places where people would make salt by boiling mineralized water (a
      >> slanec could also be the person who did it). Thee were plans for
      >> Kosice to tap the geothermal water in the region for central heating,
      >> but I don't know how far the project has progressed, if at all.
      >> Martin
      >> votruba "at" pitt "dot" edu
      > Thank You, Martin,
      > Thinking about it now, I guess that if there was a source of mineral
      > water
      > closer to their town, they would have gotten it there instead...I
      > didn't
      > realize that the water at Slanec was salty (and also warm, as it is in
      > Zemplinska Teplica)
      > ---------
      > Tom Flynn
      > I speak only for myself
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