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Here is another photo of one of the most beautiful villages in France and one of the most visited also: Fountaine de Vaucluse.
Here, the wheel of the paper mill that produces always paper by hand as in the 15th century.

The Sorgue gushed a little higher in the village at the foot of a cliff 230m high. This "fontaîne" and the most powerful of France with an annual water flow of 630 million cubic meters.
Calm at summer, it becomes spectacular at times of flood: 90 cubic meters per second flow into the bed of the Sorgue! Show that I have not had a chance to see!
When at the wheel of the mill, it measures 7 feet in diameter and carries 48 blades. This leads to a wheel camshaft, which, turning alternately raises 15 large mallets fir that cuts rags (linen, hemp and cotton) to produce the paper.
It is a superb performance that we must admire ... at Fountaine de Vaucluse of course!

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Additional Photos by Fabien Tschantz (Bandit) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 28 N: 309] (2360)
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