Eiffel Tower, Source: https://pixabay.com/en/eiffel-tower-view-paris-162488/
Although the legendary words of Audrey Hepburn “Paris is always a good idea” are very true, there is something magical, almost divine, in Parisian streets covered with leaves in pumpkin, pear and cinnamon shades. Not to mention that visiting the City of Light between September and December means avoiding the peak of tourist season and the crowds running with cameras, buying the “I heart Paris” souvenirs and preventing you from truly experiencing all the wonders of this city. There is a financial perk there, too – airfares and accommodation prices are lower than usual, so unlike the high season visit, a few days in Paris can be really affordable. What else is magical in Paris?
Champs-Elysées, Source: https://pixabay.com/en/paris-france-arc-de-triomphe-91211/
A Cup of Vin Chaud
As the temperatures are becoming lower, Parisians are searching for a hot drink to warm them up, and since the French “wine love” affair is a thing of eternity, that has to be hot wine. As you walk down the streets of the city, you will see “Vin Chaud” written in menus of almost every café, and sold from portable carts everywhere. The best thing is that you don’t even have to see it. Close your eyes and smell the alluring aroma of mulled wine, cinnamon and cognac, and let it guide you.
Wine, Source: https://pixabay.com/en/wine-paris-cafe-france-retro-413751/
A Chance to See Indoor Attractions
It’s not like you can’t visit the museums and galleries on a hot summer day, but it can be really hard to focus on that when the streets of Paris are calling you. A rainy morning, however, is the perfect chance to visit museums other than the Louvre, like Art Ludique, Maison de Balzac, Musée Carnavalet, Musée de la Magie,and Musée du Vin, discover arthouse movie theaters, and visit churches and cathedrals.
Louvre, Source: https://pixabay.com/en/louvre-museum-paris-attraction-1210004/
Cruising the Lifeblood of Paris
Now is the ideal time to book a Barge Travel Connection cruise along the lifeblood of Paris – Seine. There is nothing quite like viewing the city’s colorful arrondissements while traveling under the astonishing 37 bridges. This way you will get a full perspective of the splendor of the La Ville Lumière and see the famous monuments, such as the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame, in a completely different way. You can make it a full day tour, by visiting museums and galleries while the barge is moored.
Enjoying the Outdoor Terraces
Spending time outdoor while the average temperature is 6 degrees C (42.8 degrees F)? No, we are not kidding. Parisians love their terraces and this is the perfect chance to join them, since the local cafes won’t be overcrowded. Don’t worry, the French won’t leave you unprotected. They’ll give you a warm blanket, a hot cup of tea and kind words.
Monmartre, Source: https://pixabay.com/en/paris-night-france-romantic-674958/
There is no such thing as Christmas Market during the peak of the spring season, so that should be a reason enough to pack your bags and visit the City of Lights. Christmas markets can be found in various neighborhoods, and you’ll recognize them by charming wooden chalets, vin chaud aroma and contagiously Christmassy atmosphere. Here, you’ll be able to find everything from regional produce and arts & crafts, to Christmas decorations.
Galeries Lafayette, Source: https://pixabay.com/en/galeries-lafayette-paris-christmas-1533988/
Autumn Festival in Paris begins in September and lasts all the way to the end of December. It is a multi-disciplinary event that brings together music, dance, theatre, film and visual arts. It is spread across the entire town and includes some forty – or so – hosts, such as Centre Pompidou, Théâtre du Châtelet and Théâtre de l’Odéon. You can also see Paris Photo exhibition and the work of more than 500 photographers around the globe.
Centre Pompidou, Source: https://pixabay.com/en/paris-architecture-france-674964/
Paris is a love story, but Paris in November is a fairytale – surreal, extraordinary and like a dream. Remember that while walking down the Montmartre and Marais, and think to yourself how lucky you are, to be able to see Paris covered with crisp colorful leaves and sprinkles of magical dust.
About the author
Marie Nieves is a lifestyle blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels she likes to read poetry and prose and to surf the Internet. Her favourite writer is Tracy Chevalier and she always carries one of her books in her bag. She is an avid lover of photography who loves to talk about her experiences. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and Pinterest.