This Sunday was one of those special days where my favourite quote sprung to mind upon waking, slightly hungover and uncharacteristically late. Half in one world, half in another.
‘We let our lives mix with our dreams like two coloured paints until we didn’t know which is what and we didn’t care.’
We had spent the evening prior drinking one too many glasses of champagne under the sparkling chandeliers of La Divine Comedie. An excitable celebration of merit after a week-long assignment capturing footage for our client, Elú’s debut perfume campaign.
“No elegance is possible without perfume. It is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory.”
– Coco Chanel
Post-debauchery, our energy is always lowered somewhat as our bodies endure the recovery process ahead. It seems on these days we don’t have the energy to care about much else more than simply existing – gliding through the day in a zen-like state.
For people like us, who find relaxation isn’t part of their natural disposition, we’d suggest that the laid back morning after the night before is just as much a tonic as the champagne itself.
Our activity of choice is a brunch worth getting dressed up for. To be enjoyed at a leisurely pace, attitudes laissez-faire.
These days we’ve spent idling around in conversation have often been a catalyst for many of our adventures. Mimosa fuelled revelations paving the way for our dreams to be built upon. Today, however, we found ourselves planted firmly within one.
The former abode of the Cardinal, La Divine Comedie offers you the chance to step back in time, living life as it was once enjoyed by the city’s cloaked and feathered elite.
The Provençal mansion, complete with a magnificent secret garden and some very friendly, four legged-friends sits in the centre of the medieval walled city of Avignon. Hidden behind a vast gate, down one of the myriads of honeycomb-coloured alleyways.
The antique-filled interior is centred around a seemingly endless spiral staircase adorned with elaborate gold frames. Our suite, a particular feast for the eyes, sits on the fifth-floor named after Parisian owner’s, Gilles Jauffret’s relation–Uncle Anatol.
Anatole was a seasoned traveller who upon returning from abroad, would bring with him an extensive collection of souvenirs that sit amongst the deep-hued accent walls, floor-to-ceiling drapes.
Antique model boats demonstrate his love for the sea. The mirrors, screen and the 18th Century canopy over the bed are amongst other gems brought back from his travels.
We spent the day amongst the gardens restoring in a place of incomparable beauty, hours wiled away wistfully.
Night fell seemingly early and as the evening drew, the house lit up like a lantern casting warm light across the grounds. Our time here was slipping away with an early departure looming, so we solemnly vowed to return promptly.
“Here’s to alcohol, the rose coloured glasses of life.”
F Scott Fitzgerald
La Divine Comedie exists as a place to ignite your passions and awaken your curiosities. Time spent here is a gentle reminder to live life fully, deeply, richly. And if scent is key to unlocking our memories, then a bottle of Elú will conjure up this day for us over and over again.
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