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.