While visiting the island of St. Lucia hubby and I took a tour of
The gardens, mineral baths and waterfall are a portion of the 2,000 acres of land granted to
3 Devaux brothers by King Louis XIV of France in 1713, in recognition of their
services to 'Crown and Country'.
It is claimed that as child, Empress Josephine, wife of Napolean Bonaparte bathed
in the original baths while spending holidays at her fathers plantation in Soufriere, called 'Mal Masion'.
In 1928, Mr. Andre du Boulay owner of Soufriere Estate and Diamond Baths excavated the site and restored 2 baths out of the original 12 that had been destroyed by the 'Brigands' during the French revolution.
These baths are fed by the original spring water, similar to the waters of 'Aix les Bains' in France.
The original holding tank built in 1784 is still in use.
In 1983 on the death of Mr. Andre du Boulay, his daughter Joan Devaux (du Boulay) became manger of this family property and began designing, restoring and planting the gardens.
I am linking with Little Red House for Mosaic Monday.
I hope you have a fantastic week!!!