Originally Posted by THawk
Well, unless you've got any problems with your water (i.e. either too hard or too soft), I'd say neither... I've done mine with good old tap water -- I think (but I could be wrong) that a lot of people here do the same.
I use bottled water for 2 reasons, first there is a lot of chlorine in the water here and second, I don't like the taste of the tap water here. Hmm, I guess there is a third: bottled water costs about nothing, I think I paid 60 cents for a 5L (~1.5 gallon) bottle.
As for honey, Spain seems to be a good place too. I've been to a couple of artisinal shops and good honey seems to go for about €6 per kilo (a lil under 3 per pound).
I just bought some small jars to try out some flavors. Lavender, Orange blossom, Rosemary, Thyme and "forest" honeys seem quite popular and affordable here.