La Mirande is one such place, with a selection of masterpieces based on the original cartoons, identical to those admired by our ancestors. In fact, this is one of the few areas where what is new is neither a reproduction nor a pastiche. Present day prints are just as authentic as the old ones. They are based on the same models, and so to speak are additional specimens of a series begun long ago and miraculously preserved. The décor they produce is genuine.
By their presence they remind us of an art of living and thinking that remains to this day a matter for astonishment and admiration. The Age of Enlightenment is still considered to be one of the greater moments of French style and the most frequently invoked source of national identity. Although it was converted into a luxury 5-star hotel, La Mirande in Avignon remains a very French house reflecting Provence’s heritage, something unusual in the modern world melting pot.
In this contribution to our heritage we find a sort of echo of the appreciation of France by poets and writers, who cherished Voltaire and Rousseau, the Liaisons Dangereuses, and the hymns to freedom. Here, however, it is far from the din of battle, simply through the memory of the grace of living that, for some, existed before the times of revolutions.
“Steeped in history with its origins in the 14th century it is today all Dangerous Liaisons with its 18th century treasures hidden behind the baroque façade, a grand gracious private house with a deliciously exotic edge.” TATLER