This year, autumn in France is exceptional ! It’s a real indian summer: temperatures are mild and the typical gray days of autumn are (still) rare! In this blog that is focused on photography, I regularly make you discover / visit places more or less known or sometimes unusual that I visited and where I lived (for example do you know the city of Daugavpils in Latvia? Click on the link to discover it) and in this article, I would like to tell you how beautiful is this autumn in Paris and its region!
Autumn gives beautiful colors with red, orange and yellow leaves. All variations are possible! In addition, the sun is lower in the sky and its grazing light is beautiful , precious, and almost supernatural. In this article, you will visit Paris, Versailles, its streets and some of its most admirable monuments, my city (Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines – which is 20 minutes away from paris) and its nearby countryside.
Autumn is a travel of colors !
Colors of autumn in my city
I live in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines a new city which is about 20 minutes away from Paris (I will talk about it later on this blog). Many species of trees have been planted in recent years (Ginkgo, Cherry trees, Sycamores etc …) and autumn is a beautiful fireworks of colors highlighted by the bold architecture of this new city as you can see in the pictures:
Autumn in the countryside
What I like the most about my city – Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines – is its proximity to nature (and also Paris). Indeed, the city is located just at the edge of the countryside and it is very easy to walk in the nature in just few minutes. In the following photos, you can have a glimpse of the surroundings of Port-Royal des Champs an old abbey destroyed by Louis the 14 (Louis XIV) :
Time travel in Versailles
I also live near Versailles (which in the time of Louis XIV was also a new city created by this king) and when I go to this city, it is always a journey back in time! I often meet Scouts in outfit and backpack who go walking in the forest, other young and older dressed old French version and I can say that it is not unpleasant, it has a certain charm.
The buildings also reflect a glorious part of the french history: with for instance in the following photos the castle, the king’s kitchen garden and Petit Trianon ( soon in this blog).
Versailles: the castle and its streets
Visit of the king’s kitchen garden
One day, while I was going to Versailles to photograph the castle, I saw the entry of king’s kitchen garden opened: it was the “Week of the Taste” !! (semaine du goût). So I changed my program to make some pictures of this wonderful place that was on my travel list for a long time:
Visiting this place is absolutely fantastic ! On one hand, the king’s kitchen garden as many preserved rare species of fruits and vegetables (see photos with apples for instance – I also tasted velvety squash soup with the cooks of the Week of Taste). Secondly, I am fascinated by the idea that this garden was originally part of the kings of France castle (since Louis XIV)!