If you stroll through Vence on any given day you are likely to find people waiting in line to fill containers with fresh water from one of the many fountains that are located throughout the town. Since the middle ages Vence has been known for the high quality of its water. Surrounded by three rivers (the Malvan, the Lubiane and the Cagne), our town is also lucky enough to have two springs (the Foux and the Riou). The Foux spring supplies a multitude of fountains that can be found in and around the city.
Altogether there are well over twenty fountains sprinkled throughout Vence. No matter what part of town you find yourself in you are never very far away from a fountain with cool, fresh, invigorating water. Sadly, only a few of these fountains are represented here in these postcards. La Fontaine du Peyra and La Basse Fontaine are the most popular, and deservedly so. However, in addition to these two the ONLY other fountain found here is the old “flower fountain” on the Grand Jardin. I’m really surprised to see ALL of the other fountains missing. Several others of them are quite picturesque and would make great postcards.
Most distressing of all is the fact that there is only one postcard featuring the beautiful lavoir (washhouse) of Vence! This incredible structure is so elegant and wonderful I can’t imagine why it was not used in more postcards.
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La Fontaine du Peyra
La Basse Fontaine (Fontaine Saint-Michel, Fontaine Antony Mars)