Paris in the Fall
I’d been to Paris in every season except the fall. I’m glad I waited. Every other season pales in comparison. The fall colors were amazing. The crowds had thinned out. And the weather was perfect for spending the day exploring Paris. Well, perfect for someone who grew up in Hawaii and Seattle and likes a little rain.
It seems to be a fairly common experience for people to not love Paris. I don’t get it. But I understand it. If you go for just a few days and you try and see everything, it’s exhausting. Instead, take at least a week and stay in an outlying arrondissement in an Air BnB or VRBO apartment. And limit yourself to only one major attraction each day. Spend the rest of the day wandering aimlessly or reading a book in a park. Or sit outside at a cafe and sip espresso and let the day drift by. I love to grab a bite to go at a boulangerie and go chill on a bench in a park.
The other comment I hear frequently is that Parisians are rude. I just don’t see it. They aren’t Mid-Western effusive. But, neither am I. I have had more genuinely kind interactions with locals in Paris than in any other city I’ve visited. Learn a few greetings in French before you go and it’ll add to your experience. I promise.
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All images were shot with the Fuji X100t. It’s been my go to camera for the last couple years. I love the challenge of shooting with a fixed 35mm lens.
This photo is Paris in the fall for me. A quiet walk on the Seine. The trees a beautiful yellow, the soft light of an October morning. And a guy out with his best friend.
The fall colors around the Eiffel Tower were stunning. It can be a crazy touristy place but walk a hundred meters from the base of the tower, and your ensconced in a quiet park.
If you do nothing else in Paris, climb the tower of Notre Dame. It’s the one thing I do every time I’m in Paris.
A solitary walker along the Seine at sunrise.
Everyone goes to Trocadero or Park Champs de Mars to see the sunset at the Eiffel Tower. Do yourself a favor and email me and I’ll shoot you a couple cool places where you can see it in solitude.
Taking in the fall day at the Eiffel Tower.
The view from the top floor of the Louvre, looking out over the Seine.
Lovers on the Seine.
Pont Neuf bridge framing the Louvre in the background.
A peaceful street in Paris with Notre Dame Cathedral in the background.
Palais du Luxembourg in Paris. Luxembourg Gardens is one of my fav places in Paris. An awesome place to chill and people watch.
Sunset over the Seine.
Carousel in front of the Eiffel Tower.
I was intrigued by this backdrop, and this being Paris, I only had to wait a minute for this lovely older lady and her dog to walk into the scene. I love the contrast of this older lady and the painting of the young couple in the window.
Pere la Chaise Cemetery. Parisians treat this cemetery like a park. Couples will be having lunch on a bench while a few meters away an old lady will be tending to a loved one’s grave. It’s actually sort of beautiful.
The Louvre at sunrise. I didn’t have my mini-tripod with me, so I improvised and used a discarded cigarette butt to angle up the Fuji X100t. Whatever works : )
The subway system in Paris rocks! Super easy to navigate and it’s clean and you get to hang out with Parisians. They won’t smile at you or talk to you but damn, they look stylish!
Notre Dame Cathedral with the Seine in the foreground.
Place de Vosges, the oldest park in Paris. Victor Hugo lived here and Jim Morrison’s loft is nearby. It’s an awesome place to chill and have a picnic lunch and people watch.
République Plaza. I love this part of Paris. It’s a little edgier and less touristy. They had some sort of protest or demonstration almost every night at the plaza. It was kinda cool witnessing that same Parisian spirit that led to the French Revolution. I could almost hear someone shouting, “Death to King Louis!”. : )
Sunrise at the Palais de Justice de Paris. Marie Antoinette was held here before her execution.
Fall along the Seine.
The late night view of Paris from Montparnasse Tower. The tower itself is an eyesore amidst the beautiful architecture of Paris. But once Parisians saw it completed, they changed their zoning to make sure new building adhered to a more Parisian aesthetic. But the view is pretty killer…and the ugly high-rise isn’t in the view. : )