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June 2017

Avignon, La Divine Comédie. PLUMEVOYAGE @plumevoyagemagazine © Eric d’Hérouville

Avignon: a gem in the city center!

Adine FIchot-Marion

The Divine Comedie is now “the place to be” in Avignon. Since its recent opening on June 15th, this sublime guest house is very trendy. Gilles Jauffret and Amaury de Villoutreys, two Parisian interior designers, fell in love with this atypical place. When we learn that the house is originally from the 19th century and is set in the heart of the largest garden in Avignon, we are not surprised! 7 years of work were necessary to give it its current look. In the common areas, the walls are dressed in gray, khaki, taupe or white in the dining room. The decoration has summoned big names: Paola Navone, Ingo Maurer, Eero Saarinen and its tulip chairs … These very modern pieces are perfectly matching with antique furniture and 18th century paintings such as in the library which houses 4000 old books and a white Cacti sculpture … The 5 suites, each different, are called Venice, Consul, Aphrodite (the largest one with a huge terrace on the garden), Naples and Anatole, these are not random names. Their decoration obviously refers to their name. Thus the Consul chamber takes us on an initiatory journey to Constantinople and offers an extraordinary wall filled with 20 wedding chests; Venice is proud of its 40 canvases representing the Serenissima from the end of the 18th to the 20th century, but framed with modern metal sheet. Finally, on the staircase we can admire the most important collection of works: paintings, drawings, representing Avignon since the 17th century. After visiting the Palais des Papes only 400m from the house, it is nice to dive into the pool! Finally, keep in mind that the latest technology is available to guests including hundreds of TV channels!

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