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Good King René and His Fountain

Contributor blog post by Margo Lestz:

Aix-en-Provence, the City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is known as the city of 1,000 fountains. However, since the folks of this area have a reputation for exaggeration, we should probably take that with a grain of salt. The real number might be closer to 107… but still, they do have a lot of fountains.

One particular fountain caused quite a stir when it was unveiled in 1923. …Continue reading here for another one of Margo’s curious history stories about Provence. Find out why Roi René was considered a “good” King and why the population of Aix-en-Provence were surprised by the sculpture of his majesty when the tarp was removed.

Did the Paris artist get it all wrong when he created the statue? You can see the sculpture of Good King René is located at the far end (away from the La Rotonde fountain) of the Cours Mirabeau in Aix-en-Provence.

Via:: The Curious Rambler



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Margo Lestz

Margo is a British/American who has lived in Nice, France for the past nine years. She loves digging into the history of an area and discovering the tales behind local customs and traditions. She blogs about her discoveries on The Curious Rambler . She is also the author of two books, French Holidays & Traditions, and Curious Histories of Nice, France. Click here for Margo's books.

She describes herself as a perpetual student and is always taking some kind of course or researching a moment in history that has caught her fancy. She’s curious by nature and always wondering who, what, why, when, where, and how.

Margo shares her adventures (and her questions) with Jeff, her husband of many years. She enjoys travel, history, observing cultures and traditions – and then writing about them, of course.

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