Photo Essay: Autumn’s Gorgeous Fall Foliage in Paris

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Photo Essay: Autumn’s Gorgeous Fall Foliage in Paris
Ask anyone who visits Paris their favorite time of year and most likely you’ll hear spring or summer. While these are indeed beautiful times to experience the City of Light, I contend that her best kept secret is November. Not only are the air fares lower, with low tourist season rates for apartments as well, but also– as a photographer– it’s a visual buffet. The leaves are still a gorgeous yellow and orange, and the vines that climb all over the buildings show off with hues of deep red to coral. The added plus is that in November, Paris decks herself out for Nöel in grand style! The windows of the grands magasins alone (Galeries Lafayette, Printemps, Le Bon Marché) are worth the trip. Two seasons for the price of one. Oh la la!

Lead photo credit : Autumn in Paris, photographer Virginia Jones

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In 2007, Virginia Jones visited Paris for the first time. This former teacher credits that trip with her new career in photography and love of the City of Light. After her second trip in 2008, she created Paris Through My Lens, a daily photoblog. She travels to Paris once a year to photograph and has had her work published in a number of online sites and magazines. At home, she teaches photography classes, gives phototalks on Paris and her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama and is currently working on Photos in French, a resource for French teachers, using her images of Paris gathered during her 11 trips to the city she considers her second home. Check out her Paris photography blog:


  • Bill Fagan
    2019-10-25 11:48:24
    Bill Fagan
    Photos are tres bien. I've been to Paris six times. Its in my soul! Paris is c'est magnifique. I'll be there this year around Christmas time.


  • Sancar Seckiner
    2017-11-30 12:59:02
    Sancar Seckiner
    Nice photos , but essays always need some words. If you talk about Paris , words must be poetic.


  • Reshma
    2017-11-13 13:35:28
    Hi would there be fall colours on 22 November