“Embrace the earth, watch over its fragile splendor, tend to its melancholia and its joys; and then strive, little by little, to change the course of destiny. Cast aside our doubts. Transform ourselves, to transform our lives. And rethink the future, to reinvent the world.” Aude Revier
And #Paris is cultivating the future. The City of Light has taken on an audacious challenge for the 21st century: more nature, fewer cars, less waste and greater sharing. Paris has set its sights on 2020 and a collective future in which everyone participates in sustainable change.
The Mandarin Oriental near Place Vendôme is the only High Environmental Quality hotel. Bouquets of mauve hydrangeas adorn the pearly white spa cabins, fostering a sense of peace and freedom, free of dogma and uniformity.
Here is a haven for spontaneous moments of enjoyment and secrets among friends; eternity can wait. Built around a 500 m2 garden, the establishment has 138 rooms and 40 suites, conceived with a careful duality in mind. The works of the brilliant artist Man Ray, and his juggling of negative and positive, are celebrated in the decor, as is the sublime profle of photographer Lee Miller.
The vibrant legacy of these two in 21st-century Paris accompanies visitors who have come to sample Thierry Marx’s cuisine at the Camélia. An advocate of environmental responsibility, the starred chef stresses that “ecology must not be a constraint, but a logical application for a better way of life”.
Camélia restaurant: http://www.mandarinoriental.fr/paris/fine-dining/camelia/