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New York Botanical Garden Reopening

The Botanical Garden began phase 1 of its reopening plan, welcoming the general public to the grounds of its 250-acre site, on July 28.

NYBG is among the most comprehensive botanical gardens in the world, an urban oasis and integral part of the cultural fabric of New York City, anchored in the Bronx. In this next phase of NYBG’s reopening, visitors will once again be able to explore the Haupt Conservatory’s interconnected galleries, each featuring a different botanical habitat and specimens from around the globe. Outdoors, the verdant landscape is currently showcasing seasonal standouts such as striking cardinal flowers, mauve asters, and sweeping grasses among its one million plants.

Scenic paths and trails crisscross the Garden providing opportunities for discovery through encounters with nature. The gardens, outdoor collections, and natural features include the Native Plant Garden, with its meadow, woodland, promenade, and centerpiece water feature; Bronx River, with its waterfall, which runs through the 50-acre Thain Family Forest; layered and colorful patterns and plant groupings of the Perennial and Herb Gardens; lushly textured Chilton Azalea Garden; award-winning Rockefeller Rose Garden; inviting paths through the Ross Conifer Arboretum; Benenson Ornamental Conifers; and more.

Tram Tours, public programs, and group tours remain suspended temporarily as a safety precaution. The LuEsther T. Mertz Library, Edible Academy, Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, and Hudson Garden Grill remain closed.

The first phase of NYBG’s public reopening was prefaced by Appreciation Week, when Garden Members, Bronx Health Care Heroes from the eight public and private hospitals in the borough, and Bronx Neighbors were welcomed with first access and complimentary tickets. Communities in the Bronx are among the most severely impacted by COVID-19 in New York City. Through this initiative, the Garden acknowledges, with gratitude, the dedication, strength, and resilience of Bronx frontline health care workers and residents. Free grounds admission for those groups, originally slated to conclude September 13, has been extended through February 28, 2021.

The Garden’s gradual reopening process incorporates enhanced safety measures based on best practices and guidance from health authorities and government agencies. New measures include requiring staff and visitors over the age of two to wear face coverings; increasing sanitization of public and staff areas; daily health screenings for on-site staff; supporting hygiene and social distancing practices; requiring timed-entry tickets purchased in advance; operating at a reduced capacity; and more.

The new, limited timed-entry ticketing system staggers visitorsߣ arrivals, promotes social distancing, and mitigates the risk of crowding in high-traffic areas. Advance purchase of timed tickets is required and will be confirmed by e-mail with the option to print or download a mobile ticket. Ticket options include the Garden Pass + Conservatory for access to the outdoor gardens and collections, the newly reopened Conservatory galleries, and the Courtyards; the Garden Pass for access to outdoor gardens and collections; and the Grounds-Only Pass, available to New York City residents only with valid proof of identification. Visitors who do not purchase advance tickets will not be guaranteed admission at this time. Garden Patrons and Members must also reserve timed tickets in advance. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the website at nybg.org.

Ivory Rowen, illustration, 360 MAGAZINE

Hotel Ibiza Opening

Atzaró Group are delighted to announce today that they will be reopening their famous five star hotel Atzaró Agroturismo, on Friday 26th June 2020. With 13 hectares of land on the estate, the hotel is perfectly placed to ensure all Coronavirus health and safety regulations are ncorporated with ease, due to its tranquil and spacious rural setting.

To date, Ibiza has experienced very low levels of Coronavirus cases and after several months with no visitors, the nature on the island is flourishing and the beaches are quiet. A holiday in Ibiza this year will be a unique experience reminiscent of times gone by.

Atzaró Agroturismo Hotel and Spa is one of the most prestigious rural hotels in Ibiza and one of Europe’s leading luxury destinations. Situated on a vast estate of fragrant orange groves and abundant gardens in the heart of the island, it was originally opened in the 2004 as one of the first Agroturismo hotels of Ibiza. Built on the site of a generations-old finca, the hotel launched to rapturous acclaim. Since then, Atzaró has firmly established itself on the map as one of Ibiza’s best and has become the much-loved authentic heart of the island.

Set for reopening, post coronavirus, Atzaró Agroturismo Hotel is the ultimate antidote to the restricted life everyone has experienced. Perfect for nature lovers to quietly relax and restore, the hotel provides the ultimate healthy holiday getaway. Families, couples or travellers going solo, will enjoy the soothing healing properties Atzaró’s uniquely nature-rich experience provides.

The hotel has completely redefined the luxury Agroturismo category with its high level of service, quality, signature pared-back style, privacy and abundance of wellness evoking green space. With everything from each bedroom, to terraces, gardens, relaxing daybed dotted grounds to the numerous pools, Atzaró is the perfect post pandemic Ibiza must do.

Health and safety measures will include the following: 

– Dining tables, daybeds and sunbeds will be set 2 metres apart

– 50% of the restaurant space will be used

– Staff to wear face masks and gloves

– Bedrooms will be disinfected between guests

– Masks and gloves available for guests in bedrooms

– Gym use available by appointment

– Massages and beauty treatments to be available in bedrooms

– Spa facilities open by appointment

– Hand sanitiser and hand washing facilities will be freely available

With 24, lavish and yet understated, bedrooms all set apart from each other to allow privacy and space, most with terraces, gardens and some with private pools, the design concept and look is ‘natural luxury’, featuring rustic local woods, beamed ceilings, four poster beds, Ibiza whites, touches of gold, materials and fabrics locally crafted. The concept has been created by the group’s design interior design company, Atzaró Design, to work in harmony with the surrounding environment.

Within the abundant grounds of the estate the Atzaró Vegetable Garden, opened in the summer of 2019 for Atzaro’s 15th Anniversary. This magnificent 3-hectare, perfectly designed garden delight with Olive and Cypress tree lined walkways, wooden arches and pergolas strewn with tumbling vegetables, fountains and beautiful romantic sitting areas. Its organic produce supplies all the Atzaró Group’s restaurants with natural, seasonal vegetables, fruits and herbs and is the basis to the group’s authentic food ethos.

The spacious open-air or finca restaurants ‘La Veranda’ and the ‘Orange Tree’ serve delicious, healthy and seasonal ‘farm to fork’ food. The new Atzaró Spa Garden in another area of the estate, adjacent to the spa, is full of organic botanicals and herbs, providing all the ingredients for the Atzaró Spa Products range.

Aubergine By Atzaró

Billed by the Sunday Times Travel magazine this month as ‘farm to fork food at its best’, Aubergine By Atzaró is Atzaro Group’s much heralded and super-romantic ‘farm to table’ restaurant set deep in the countryside near Santa Gertrudis. The food concept is ‘farm to table’ with a Mediterranean feel and focus on healthy dining full of fresh flavour, all made with organic produce from the Atzaró Vegetable Garden, at the group’s hotel. The building is a charming restored finca with indoor dining rooms and outdoor terraces dotted with romantic lighting.  Perfect for lunch in the beautiful gardens during the day, or destination dining for dinner under twinkling evening stars, the dining rooms, terraces and bars are decorated with rustic white plastered walls, Sabina and olive beamed ceilings and accessorised with a pastel olive green hue and brought to life with historical photographs and antiques.

Atzaró Beach, Atzaro’s stylish and relaxed beach club and restaurant on the sparkling beach of Cala Nova in Ibiza’s northeast, underwent a design revamp in 2019.  The look is light dappled wooden pergolas over relaxed seating, sofas and rattan peacock chairs, an abundance of local plants and where you can enjoy sunny terraced long lunches and dinners. The new menu sees healthy
inclusions, fresh salads and sharing plates, with organic produce fresh from the Atzaró Vegetable Garden. Choose from one of the 30 double daybeds to relax and watch the world go by, beachside.

Atzaró Chiringuito is a laid-back beach bar and restaurant in the sand dunes of Cala Nova with a relaxed 80s vibe, a tapas menu, salads, juices, take away, ice-cold drinks and sun loungers on the pristine beach to relax all day.

The Residence by Atzaró – ibiza is a spectacular property located in the hills of Ibiza’s north. The Atzaró style Ibiza villa, part of Atzaró Group, sits on an elevated mountainside with stunning panoramic views of untouched pine-clad valleys as far as the eye can see. The vast property consists of nine suites, glorious living space, gyms, spa and pool. It is a secluded luxury finca, peaceful and totally private with full services available. The perfect luxury villa for exclusive ibiza stays, an idyllic premium holiday home.

JAPAN HOUSE – Virtual Programming

JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles Launches Virtual Programming Featuring Their Most Popular Series on Manga Art, Food, Film & Flower Arranging

Immersive Japanese Cultural Workshops Allow Fans to Experience Japan From the Comforts of Home

JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles, the premier Japanese cultural destination in the heart of Hollywood is launching a virtual program featuring their most popular education and entertainment workshops, including expanded content, to enjoy at home during its temporary closure.

All events and content can be found on the JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles’ events or articles pages.

“JAPAN HOUSE aims to elevate awareness and appreciation for Japan through imaginative programming. As we look forward to welcoming visitors back to JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles in the future, we are excited to showcase the breadth of these cultural experiences online for fans to experience at home,” said Yuko Kaifu, President, JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles.

Current and upcoming content details follow. Watch for updates on the JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles social feeds, including new cultural stories and mindfulness-themed articles, to help people stay entertained and their minds energized during these unsettling times.

Manga & Anime-Inspired Character Drawing Workshops (May – June) Artist MinoMiyabi teaches students to explore the joy of drawing through simple techniques. While a pencil and paper may seem like rudimentary materials, in the hands of an illustrator or animator they can create magic. In countless art forms, including manga and anime, a simple line can become an entire world. JAPAN HOUSE previously hosted MinoMiyabi’s drawing workshops, especially popular with families and kids of all ages, during their landmark Naoki Urasawa exhibition in 2019.

The four-part series releases bi-weekly and teaches basic drawing skills, in addition to ways to practice on your own. The just-released Episode 1 entitled, “Emotions with a Simple Smiley Face!,” guides students on drawing basic emotions. Future episodes – “Build Your Own Characters,” “Animals 101,” and “Drawing Characters in Perspective,” will be released between May – June.

Japanese Food Lab | Home Cooking Series (May)

JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles’ beloved Japanese Food Lab goes online with its Home Cooking Series curated by Japanese food ambassador, Tomoko Imade Dyen. Available online starting this month, the first of the virtual cooking series features a recipe for Sakura Carrot Spring Rice (Takikomi Gohan), teaching a technique to make beautiful sakura-shaped (cherry blossom flower) carrots to garnish spring rice. Future episodes will feature a variety of themes and ingredients including one decided via an ingredient poll taken on JAPAN HOUSE’s social feeds.

Movie & Bites | Tampopo (May)

JAPAN HOUSE’s popular Movie & Bites series pairs dishes with acclaimed Japanese film and television shows. This first installment features foodie fan-favorite, “Tampopo,” a 1985 Japanese comedy film written and directed by Juzo Itami, and starring Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto, Kōji Yakusho and Ken Watanabe. Centering on a truck driver who stops at a small family-run noodle shop and decides to help its fledgling business, the movie is intertwined with various vignettes about the relationship of love and food.

JAPAN HOUSE will offer tips on making ramen, content introducing a variety of regional ramen and tips on how to enhance and best enjoy your at-home (instant) ramen experience.

Flower Arrangement (May)

The deep history of flower arranging in Japanese culture and the influence of Japanese perspectives in Western flower design will be explored through two tutorials with detailed written instructions and images utilizing easy-to-find items.

Flower Arrangement with Mitsuko Osuga: Mitsuko Osuga, acclaimed floral designer and owner of Mitsuko Floral, will highlight spring arrangements, drawing inspiration from vibrant color in combination with the idea of achieving “balance.” For people sheltering at home, participants can utilize common flowers and simple greens easily obtained from the supermarket or personal gardens, and everyday cellophane tape, to transform common bowls found at home (e.g., ramen or cereal bowls) into unique vessels for formal flower arrangements.

Flower Arrangement with Takeshi Nakamura: Takeshi Nakamura, lauded floral designer and owner of the popular Angeluck Custom Design Florist, will draw upon the Japanese connection to nature and the reverence for the healing power found within the appreciation of even the simplest of nature’s plants and forms. Common greens from house plants, flowers, and stones easily obtained from personal gardens and neighborhoods, combine with vessels found within the home, to present a template for distinctive creations.

ABOUT JAPAN HOUSE

JAPAN HOUSE is an innovative, worldwide project with three hubs, London, Los Angeles and Sao Paulo, conceived by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It seeks to nurture a deeper understanding and appreciation of Japan in the international community. JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles occupies two floors at Hollywood & Highland. The 2nd floor features a gallery space and the 5th floor hosts a Japanese restaurant, relaxing library, and event venue, along with spectacular views of Hollywood and Downtown Los Angeles. JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles offers a place of new discovery that transcends the physical and conceptual boundaries creating experiences that reflect the best of Japan through its spaces and diverse programs.

AUTUMN EVENTS AT THE LOIRE VALLEY

Autumn is the perfect time of year to explore the Loire Valley, when the wine harvest is at its peak and the vibrant foliage surrounding the region’s famous chateaux is at its best. Along with the region’s current celebrations of the 500th Anniversary of the French Renaissance, a number of chateaux throughout the Loire Valley will also be hosting festive seasonal events in honor of the fall season. Below is a selection of some of the top autumnal events taking place this year:

Fall Events at Chateau-hotel de la Bourdaisière

In the fall, tomatoes and dahlias are the stars at Chateau-hotel de la Bourdaisière. Until October, the gardens are lit up by over 5,000 different types of dahlia bulbs. The chateau is also famous for its National Tomato Conservatory, boasting more than 650 varieties of tomatoes, which earned its owner the nickname of “the Gardener Prince.” The chateau’s annual Tomato Festival takes places from September 7-8 this year, celebrating the incredible number of tomatoes grown on the estate. Later in the fall, the chateau will host the “Festival of the Forest & Wood” from October 19-20, which will include wood-sculpting workshops and more for the whole family. Guests can also stay overnight in one of the chateau’s 29 rooms and apartments.

 

Pumpkin Feast & Autumn Festival at Chateau du Rivau

On September 8, the fairy-tale inspired Chateau du Rivau will host a Pumpkin Feast at which guests can revel in the chateau’s pumpkin gardens, sample pumpkin dishes, see incredible pumpkin sculptures, and enjoy entertainment by jugglers, acrobats, magicians and more. On October 26 and 27, the chateau will host an Autumn Festival, featuring a display of hundreds of stunning chrysanthemum flowers. Guests can now stay overnight in one of the chateau’s seven newly opened guest rooms.

Vegetable Garden Days at Chateau du Villandry

The Chateau du Villandry is thought of as a real gem of the Renaissance age thanks to its famous gardens with a distinctly French charm. On September 28 and 29, visitors can celebrate the local produce and plants during the chateau’s Vegetable Garden Days, which include regional products and local crafts. Even more, From September 14 through November 11 guests can view an exhibit of nature-inspired paintings by Marie-Laurence Gaudrat.

Autumn Splendors at the Regional Domain of Chaumont-sur-Loire

Taking place from October 19 to November 23, The Autumn Splendors festival celebrates the fall season with incredible flower arrangements, collections of colorful squash, displays of seasonal vegetables and more. This is also the last opportunity for travelers to visit the International Garden Festival for the year.

Autumn Festival at Chateau du Cheverny

The second edition of Chateau du Cheverny’s Autumn Festival takes place on November 16 and 17, during which the Orangery will transform into a Magical Forest. Guests will be transported to an autumnal wonderland, including fall colors and crafts, as well as a soup-tasting bar, and an exhibition of sculptures and paintings. Also offered will be horse-drawn carriage rides and a pop-up miniature farm for kids. Even more, from October 18 through November 30, more than 2,500 chrysanthemums will be in bloom in the gardens.

RENAISSANCE EVENTS

Below are some of the many ongoing events happening in the Loire Valley this year in honor of the 500th Anniversary of the French Renaissance that shouldn’t be missed:

• Renaissance Sound and Light Show in Tours (until September 7)

• A spectacular sound and light show will feature the anniversary of the French Renaissance.

• Folies Mélodiques Exhibit at Chateau de Bouges (until September 29)

• Guests can visit Cécile Le Talec’s sculpture garden, which aims to represent 18th-century livestock farming through her artworks as well as recorded sounds that play throughout the exhibit.

• Dance to the Renaissance at Chateau de Langeais (until September 30)

• During the entire month of September, the Château de Langeais invites guests to explore 16th-century music and dance inside the castle’s two ‘Renaissance Rooms.’

• Rinascenza Exhibit at Chateau du Chateaudun (until October 13) 

• An exceptional photography exhibit from French visual artist Sabine Pigalle, which brings together 30 photographs on display throughout the castle, inspired by works from the Renaissance and more. 

• The Extended Concert at Noirlac Abbey (until October 15)
A unique virtual sound installation highlighting the relationship between space and sound, in which listeners will gently drift through a multi-sensory musical concert experience.

The Milestone Hotel And Residences Launches “Practically Perfect” Stay

The award-winning five-star Milestone Hotel & Residences, a quintessentially British mansion-hotel located opposite Kensington Palace and Gardens, is offering a “Practically Perfect” hotel stay starting from November 1, 2018. This suitably British experience includes an overnight stay in supreme luxury, whether in a room or suite, full English breakfast for two and a number of Mary Poppins-inspired activities.

Upon arrival, young guests will be given a “silver” chocolate tuppence which they can exchange for a bird-feeding kit from The Milestone’s concierge team. During their stay in the heart of Kensington, children can use the kit to feed the ducks in Hyde Park located nearby. If the weather is right, guests can also opt to fly a kite “up to the highest height!” in the Italian Garden at Kensington Gardens. Children can even take their brand-new kite home with them priced at £40 (approx. US$52).

The Milestone’s signature “Most Delightful Way” mocktail

The special hotel stay also includes a Spoonful of Sugar Afternoon Tea for two – a newly introduced afternoon tea concept created by the hotel’s kitchen team that captures the fun and frivolity of the story with a variety of cleverly themed pastries. Menu items include a chocolate pastry in the shape of Mary Poppins’ iconic floral hat, a black “chimney sweeps” macaron, a cupcake served with a chocolate spoon(ful of sugar) and many other sweet treats. A children’s version of the afternoon tea also includes kite-shaped biscuits covered in cherry ganache. Guests can taste The Milestone’s new Little Nip from Every Sip cocktail with their afternoon tea, made with muddled raspberries, peach liqueur, peach purée, orange juice and ginger ale, while little guests can enjoy the mocktail version called the …Most Delightful Way, served in a special medicine bottle.

Continuing with the theme of the Mary Poppins story, guests will also receive a red carnation buttonhole, just like Mr. Banks wore on his lapel in the original Disney film. Guests may notice that all Milestone hotel staff also pin a red carnation to their lapels, a signature of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection, of which The Milestone Hotel is a member.

The “Practically Perfect” hotel stay is valid from November 1, 2018 until January 31, 2019, and starts at £540 (approx. US$696) per night, based on two people sharing a Classic Double Room. Walk-in guests can also enjoy the Spoonful of Sugar Afternoon Tea in the hotel’s Park Lounge between November 1, 2018 and January 31, 2019 and is priced at £50 (approx. US$64) per person. The children’s version of the afternoon tea is priced at £25 (approx. US$32) per child under 12. Afternoon Tea is served daily at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm.

Suisun Valley, Fairfield

Story by Susan Hiland provided by Daily Republic

Suisun Valley greeted a group of out-of-town travel writers with a bounty of beauty, food and wine over the weekend.

They toured just about every winery, olive oil factory, candy-making company and barley brew-maker in the area.

This was the result of the Fairfield Conference & Visitors Bureau reaching out to Geiger & Associates, which has put together these travel tours for several communities including Lodi.

“This is the first time we have done something like this,” said Anand Patel, president/CEO of Visit Fairfield. “The goal was to get people thinking about Fairfield and Suisun Valley.”

He said he hoped that the travel writers would see the beauty of the valley and share that with their readers. The writers came from Portland, Oregon, Southern California, Northern California and even Quebec, Canada.

“We hope people read their articles and get interested in the valley,” he said.

The group of writers included Susan G. Hauser, Elyse Glickman, Vaughn Lowery, Wendy van Diver, Cortney Erndt, Carla Waldemar, Ruksana Hussain, Wendy Lemlin, Janet Boileau and Robin Raven.

The writers arrived Thursday and enjoyed an afternoon at Jelly Belly Candy Co., where they took the tour, sampled sweet treats and shopped.

“Every single stop we hope they learn something new,” Patel said.

Boileau, a writer and publisher for Taste and Travel International Magazine, which is a culinary publication with 20,000 subscribers across Canada, had no idea about Suisun Valley.

“I didn’t know what to expect,” she said. “But this is a very impressive part of the wine country.”

She was enjoying how relaxing the area was with some wine from Suisun Valley Wine Co-op along Pleasants Valley Road. The stop offered an opportunity for everyone to sample a variety of wines from the area in one place.

Lowery is the president of 360 Magazine, a lifestyle magazine that goes out to thousands of subscribers from Los Angeles to Japan.

“Anyone visiting here needs to stop at Il Fiorello Olive Oil Co.,” he said. “It was a sensory overload.”

They sampled a meal with each of the foods having been created using produce from the company’s garden.

“This is a great cross of Napa and Sonoma,” Lowery said. “It’s a place you can take time out and is very drivable.”

He said he was envisioning himself returning with a convertible, rolling the top down and just cruising through the back roads as a vacation.

“We tasted the grapes at Wooden Valley Winery. They were so sweet, I thought no way that was real,” he said.

“Fairfield is just a great town for a great road trip,” he said.

Royal Wedding Bouquet

Prince Harry played a huge role in preparing for Meghan Markle’s bouquet as he had picked some of the flowers himself from their private garden at Kensington Palace. The bouquet was designed by florist Philippa Craddock. What’s really sweet is that Prince Harry had included some of Princess Diana’s favorite flowers. Forget-Me-Nots were chosen by the couple to be included as a part of their wedding in the loving memory of Princess Diana. Other flowers that were seen in the bouquet were sweet peas, lily of the valley, astilbe, jasmine, astrantia, and myrtle (a royal tradition). The flowers were delicately bound together by a raw silk ribbon.

Dark Sky Movement

Once monthly from May through October Holiday River Expeditions (http://www.bikeraft.com/) shares the mystery and romance of the Dark Sky with star-struck guests who are participating in one of this veteran travel company’s 2018 Stargazing adventures.

“It’s easy to get excited about this special trip series. Seeing how it has deepened our guests’ understanding and our guides’ awareness of the night sky is reason enough to offer these trips,” said Lauren Wood, Holiday Trip Director. “The inexplicable boundlessness you feel staring up at the stars is just a bonus.”

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La Divine Comédie

Tracy Paul & Company Inc. launches La Divine Comédie, the most exclusive French property in the heart of Avignon.

 

 

Tracy Paul & Company Inc. is proud to announce its representation of La Divine Comédie, an exquisite luxury property located in the most treasured setting within Southern France. The hotel resort La Divine Comédie is a 19th century mansion, comprised of 5 spectacular suites. Each suite has it’s own unique style, inspired by Gilles Jauffret the renowned French interior designer as well as one of the properties owners. He has meticulously thought of every detail throughout the entire compound.

 

There are some places which seem to have an eternal soul, transmitted through the ages, from one occupier to another. Certain individuals have the gift of giving free rein to the spirit present within these walls, and of respecting the building’s unique character. Listening to the echoes of its past and reading the lines of its own story. This is true of the lucky occupiers of La Divine Comédie, who have devoted themselves, heart and soul, to breathing life into one of Avignon’s most particular private residences, using their creative talents and impeccable artistic taste to bring out the very best in every inch of the 2,600 m2 space.

 

 

The grounds of the hotel contain a spa & wellness center as well as a large outdoor swimming pool. The hotel also has the largest private garden directly centered in the middle of Avignon, with over 100 varieties of trees and plants. The owners Amaury and Gilles wanted to create a true haven of calm and tranquility in the heart of the city. Yet the hotel is just footsteps away from the Pope’s Palace, restaurants, shopping and all the other attractions offered in one of France’s most historic romantic cities. 

 

La Divine Comédie is, first and foremost, a garden to be found behind high walls. Catch your first glimpse from the outside as the gentle breeze stirs the leaves of the ancient plane trees, hinting at this oasis of calm right in the city center. The light and airy house can be seen through the open gate, inviting and casting a spell over its visitors, who can all too easily fall in love with its mysterious, mesmerizing charm. The garden and the house come together to tell an enchanting, enticing tale of discovery and pleasure. Pass through the open doors to enjoy the hedonistic pleasures of La Divine Comédie, a dreamlike, but very real, paradise.


THE ANATOLE SUITE

The Anatole suite tells the tale of Uncle Anatole, a seasoned traveller recently returned from abroad, bringing a whole collection of souvenirs. Two magnificent, antique model boats show his love for the sea.

Anatole also collects orientalist paintings, particularly Cortès and Pascal; the mirrors, screen and the 18th Century canopy over the bed are other gems brought back from his travels. The antechamber is home to a desk, perfect for planning the next trip.

Visitors to the suite are greeted by a portrait of Anatole in his younger years.

Suite size : 50 m2

 

THE APHRODITE SUITE

The Aphrodite suite features a spectacular round bed, surrounded by soft, diaphanous draped voile, the perfect place to relax in privacy. The suite is decorated in soothing greys and blues, reflecting the soft tones of an 18th Century Vernet-style screen. A number of extremely fine orientalist paintings add to the overall effect.

The suite opens out onto a private terrace of 30m2, with spectacular views on the garden. Visitors are welcome to take their breakfast or to enjoy an aperitif on the terrace. The suite also features a second, smaller room.

Suite size : 50 m2

 

THE CONSUL SUITE

The Consul suite is decorated in the style of the Napoleonic period, when the fashion was for all things exotic. A collection of lithographs of the Bosphorus in the antechamber sits alongside a superb collection of antique trunks. The typical furniture, notably the armchairs – replicas of the throne of Tutankhamun – is set off by a palate of warm cumin, black and brown tones.

The orientalist spirit can also be seen in a series of engravings representing Napoleon’s first trip to Egypt, reflecting the fashion for exotic travel. The suite is oriented west, offering a glimpse of the Papal Palace from the windows.

Suite size: 50 m2

 

THE NAPLES SUITE

The Naples suite is home to a stunning collection of gouache paintings of Mt Vesuvius erupting. The artworks are set off by the matte grey walls of the main room. Three huge, south-facing windows look out over the garden. Majestic bed hangings, suspended from an 18th Century canopy, sit alongside a modern headboard designed by Gilles Jauffret. The simple, clean lines of the light fixtures, imported from Morocco, add a graphic touch to the décor.

Suite size: 50 m2

 

THE VENICE SUITE

The Venice suite features a collection of over 40 18th– and 19th-Century oil paintings of the Italian city, set against a backdrop of blue and grey tones.

Enjoy the beauties of Venice without leaving Provence! Much of Avignon’s palatial architecture is inspired by Italian art, as Papal legates commissioned their favorite artists to work on their residences in the city.

The suite also features a 1920s Iris chandelier and 1970s shell chairs, the perfect place to enjoy some of our collection of works on Venice.

Suite size : 50 m2