One of the first memories I have of Provence is taking our daughter Paige on the beautiful "Belle Époque" carousel in Avignon when she was just a little girl. The carousel is in the city center, just a few steps from the Place du Palais.
The era known as la belle époque started in 1871 and ran up until the First World War. It was a golden age of technology, art, literature, music and especially peace; a peace that was shattered by World War 1.
La Belle Époque brought us the design style known as art nouveau, the iconic work of artists such as Vincent van Gogh (who died in 1890, but whose paintings gained recognition afterwards), Henri Matisse, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Gauguin, and the early work of a new young artist named Pablo Picasso.
And of course, perhaps that most famous of all French icons, La Tour Eiffel.
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