Jean Moulin Memorial Salon De Provence

Jan Leeming

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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.


Date: 20th July 2011


With my ex we used to have a village house in Alleins and went there with the children every year for a decade. How I loved it down there - shopping in the market and at the Geant Casino in Salon - swimming and having picnics at the pool in Lambesc. Oh how I wish I still had that house or even a small apartment in the area.

On our trips to Salon, I often looked at the Memorial on the side of the road. Discovering that it was in memory of Jean Moulin I wanted to and did find out a great deal more about this hero of the French Resistance, visiting the special room in his memory at the War Museum in Caen and more recently the Jean Moulin Museum at Montparnasse.

What always puzzled me was what the statue depicted - was it of a prisoner hanging in chains or was it a parachutist coming to earth. At last the mystery is solved - it depicts Moulin’s parachute jump into this area of Provence. I find the memorial very moving.

I’d never taken photos of it so decided to rectify the omission on my short visit to stay with my friends in Alleins.

My day of departure was a Wednesday - market day in Salon so I prevailed on my friends to take me into town for a wander round its atmospheric  old streets and to have a glass of Vino at the lovely Mossy Fountain which holds special memories for me.

You will find Fountains like this all over  the surrounding area. There are several at Aix en Provence but none so grand as this one. It was constructed in 1775 and over the years the build up of limestone and the growth of moss makes it look like a Tree. It’s actually a traditional fountain with two basins - an upper and a lower which over more than two centuries has become the famous Great Mossy Fountain of Salon.

Although born in St. Remy de Provence, the ‘Apothecary and Seer’ Nostradamus lived for a large part of his life and died in Salon. There is far too much for me to tell you here but if you look him up on the Internet, I’m sure you’ll find him very interesting. I once bought the book of his ‘Prophecies’ but it was very hard going trying to read them. However his statue and Mural add a certain caché to the lovely old town of Salon.

I’m quite serious - if anyone reading this would like to swop for six months my large and airy flat by the Sea for a place in Provence, I’d be more than interested. I absolutely love Provence, want to improve my French, and feel that the French genes in my family create a very strong pull to that lovely Country. And, of course, the area of Provence is absolutely jam-packed with history - of the Templars, the Hospitallers and the Cathars - all of whom fascinate me.

Not doing anything exciting for a while but will do my best to find something to write about which might interest you - my readers.

Au revoir, Jan 


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