Sunday, July 27, 2008

MORE FISHY TALES
I'm doing a little research on the Orval Abbey in Belgium. Remember I previously showed you an Orval stamp here? Well, today's stamp depicts the origins of that same abbey.

Countess Marthilda of Tuscany had only recently been widowed when she inadvertently dropped her wedding band in a well. Being the devout woman she was, she immediately started praying, and lo and behold, up came a trout from the well who gave her back her ring. "Well," exclaimed the lucky lass, "truly this place is a golden valley!" And so she decided to found an abbey on that very spot in the Val d'Or, which of course was morphed into Orval through the ages. The Orval coat of arms shows the trout rising upards, returning the ring, and that very same well can still be found in the grounds of the abbey.

:-)
Adrian

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