MANDEVILLE, La. — “How do you say this park?” we asked employees as we entered Fontainebleau State Park on Sunday.
We got smiles and a pause before one started with “Well…”
She told us the proper, French way to pronounce “Fon-tin-bluh.” But most people just say “Fountainblue,” she added.
I’m sure that would probably appall the wealthy landowner who developed the area across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans as a sugar plantation until 1852. He named his 2,800 acres Fontainebleau after the forest near Paris, a favorite recreation area of the French kings.
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