Margo Lestz 08 cWho is Margo?

I’m American by birth, lived in Nice, France for many years, and now I’m based in London, England. Life in a foreign country is never dull and every day is a new learning experience.

I describe myself as a perpetual student because I’m always taking some kind of course or researching a moment in history that has caught my fancy. I’m curious by nature and always want to know who, what, why, when, where, and how…

I share my adventures (and my questions) with Jeff, my husband of many years. I enjoy travel, history, observing cultures and traditions – and then writing about them, of course.

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What Do I Write?

In September 2012 I started my blog, The Curious Ramber ( I was just heading off to Florence, Italy to take an Italian course for three months and thought it would be a good way to keep in touch with family and friends. I started blogging about my experience in my course and, since I had always had a keen interest in history, I also started writing about that historic city.

After my return, I realised that I really enjoyed writing about history and culture, so I started searching for interesting stories in Nice, France, my adopted hometown. Later, I branched out to all of France, and other places that I visited. I believe history is fascinating, often funny, and should never be dull.

After a few years of blogging, I started to edit and put some of my stories into collections for publishing. My first book was French Holidays and Traditions and then came Curious Histories of Nice, France, then Curious Histories of Provence: Tales from the South of France. My latest book is Berets, Baguettes, and Beyond. Click here to visit my Books page.

Where Else to Find Me?

Besides writing my blog, The Curious Rambler, I also contribute to:

Where to Find My Books?

My books can be found on Amazon and other online sellers:

Amazon.COM  I  Amazon.CO.UK  I  Amazon.FR  I  Amazon.CA  I  Amazon.COM.AU

They are also available in the following bookstores in Nice:

  • Papeterie Rontani, 5 rue Alexandre Mari – This stationary shop in the Old Town is where Queen Victoria used to by her writing supplies.
  • Librairie Masséna, 55 rue Gioffredo – off Place Massena
  • Librairie de la Presse, 105 rue de France – This shop specializes in used English books, and the staff is especially friendly.


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  1. I didn’t know you wrote for The Good LIfe France – that’s one of my faves! Now I’ll have to check out The Florentine and The Riviera Reporter also!

  2. We are spreading information about Big Ben and it is catching fire! Ours is a little different than yours.

    1. Well, it’s not my idea, it is an organisation in the UK, but I do think it is a nice one. Best of luck on yours and thanks for letting me know about it.

  3. Dear Margo, after the horrendous news from Nice, just hoping that you, your family and friends were not caught up in the tragedy. Lisa

    1. Hi Lisa,
      Thank you for your concern. I was caught up in the panic, but I am alright. All my friends are accounted for as well, so we were very lucky. Nice is in mourning, but we are all standing together. <3

  4. Hi Margo. I am a Yank too, but for many years had an apartment in the Old City, next to the chateau, facing, l’Ecole du Chateau.

    Best wishes,


  5. Thank you so much for contributing your gargoyle and grotesque photos! I just added them to the gallery. Unfortunately, I’m having trouble linking to you from the gallery, but I included your url.

  6. Hi Margo,

    I just found your sight and am enjoying it! I’m from the U.S. as well but travel abroad for work a few times a year. I will be in Nice in March for a week and will have a extra couple days to myself. I was thinking about a half-day or full day tour .of the French Riviera. Any suggestions?

    1. Hello, Sorry for the late reply. I’ve been traveling too much and I’m a bit behind on everything.
      Anyway, I don’t really know anyone personally who does tours. I think your best bet would be to go to the Tourist Office and they should be able to offer a few options. You could also look online at sites like Trip Advisor.
      Sorry, I can’t be of much help, but I’m sure whichever tour you take you will enjoy it. It is a lovely area.
      Have a wonderful trip!
      All the best,

  7. Hi? Margo
    I Wish To See You One Day A Talented Woman, And I Would Like To Share With You And Spread More History And I’ll Enjoy Much Once I Learn Different Things From You.I’m From Tanzania In African Continent.

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