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Gascony & the Pyrenees, 4th
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'The presiding angel of Gascony is Good King Henri--Henri IV--the Gascon, who three centuries ago saved the country from its religious squabbling and taught Frenchmen, with a joke and a smile, to take it easy and enjoy life rather than slaughter each other over abstractions. The basis of Henri's policy is expressed in a quote that everyone still remembers: he wished every Frenchman to have a chicken in the pot on Sundays. The stories say he liked to sneak down to the palace kitchen to see how his own poule au pot was cooking, and didn't mind helping chop up the vegetables. Thanks to Henri, perhaps, that part of the Gascon mystique is still very present: the sense of contentment simple pleasures can bring.'
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