I may be on my way to Phoenix right now, but this time of year always makes me nostalgic for Paris. The way the grey sky hangs over the city, as the leaves begin to fall under a seeming constant drizzle of rain. I’ve always thought some cities are more “themselves” in certain weather, or time of year. Some shine brightest in the warmer months, but I’ve always felt Paris is most herself in autumn.
This time, two years ago, I was in Paris for an unexpected trip, but in spite of being there “for business”, I still found time to enjoy the city.
Whenever I’m in Paris, I always try to at least visit the Eiffel Tower, even if I don’t go onto the grounds. This visit, it was so cloudy that you couldn’t even see the top of the tower!
You can imagine my excitement when I realized I was going to be in Paris for Fashion Week- something that had been on my bucket list for ages. Even though I was rushing around the city, I was able to stop by the Champs-Élysées, where they had shut down the entire street for the L’Oreal fashion show. Being able to watch Helen Mirren walk was incredible, and being able to stroll down the middle of the normally treacherous Champs Élysées was amazing!
Another stop I always try to make is the courtyard in front of Notre Dame. One of my favorite things to do is to grab lunch from a nearby grocery store, like Franprix in the 4th arrondissement, and come here to eat and people watch.
If you look carefully, you can see the steeple in the background, that unfortunately burned down when the church recently caught on fire.
Paris is, undoubtedly, always amazing. But Paris in the fall will always have a special place in my heart.
What about you? When is your favorite time to visit the city?