I love Paris in the springtime.
I love Paris in the fall.
I love Paris in the winter when it drizzles,
I love Paris in the summer when it sizzles.
My Grandfather used to sing me this song and replace Paris with Shelby. 🙂 Just as the song says, I love Paris all times of the year! It is my absolute favorite city. Until my teaching assignment, I had only visited Paris during the other three seasons of the year. Exploring Paris in the Fall with the beautiful changing leaves is something else entirely! Autumn provides great weather for exploring the city on foot (with a jacket of course), with significantly less tourists filling the sidewalks compared to summertime!
Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.
– Emily Brontë
These are three things I highly recommend doing in Paris in the Fall:
Explore Jardin de Luxembourg
Ever since staying in the Foyer International des Étudiantes on Boulevard Saint-Michel, the Luxembourg Garden has been one of my top favorite spots in Paris. The garden is seemingly endless, covering 23 hectares (over 56 acres)! It is the perfect place to take a walk, find a nice bench to read a book, or people watch! Created in 1612 by Marie de Medici, the garden changes with each season. One of my favorite things to do is grab a café à emporter and take a leisurely stroll through the garden. I found the garden just as charming in the fall as in the spring and summertime!
Take a Walk Along the Seine
The Seine river crosses through Paris, and can be followed all the way from the Eiffel Tower to the Notre Dame and further! There are a lot of different boat tours, but I always enjoy walking along the quai. The changing trees along the river frame everything in yellow!
Visit the Louvre
I took advantage of the fact that there are significantly less tourists in the Fall and revisited several museums and churches. There are obviously tourists year round, but it is much less crowded in the fall! It is a lot easier to take time and enjoy the art of the Louvre when you don’t feel claustrophobic with tons of people surrounding you!
He who contemplates the depths of Paris is seized with vertigo. Nothing is more fantastic. Nothing is more tragic. Nothing is more sublime.