Paris, the city of love (and lights), is very much loved as it is one of the most visited cities in the world. But, most people are lured by Paris’ appeal in the spring. And there’s no wonder why – with the tuileries in full bloom and romance in the new spring air along the Seine, Paris in the spring is nothing less than magical (they even wrote a song about it). But, Paris in the fall isn’t so bad either… Here are 5 reasons why you should think about visiting this beautiful city in its “off-season”:
First, because Paris is so popular in the spring, airfare tickets and even high-speed train tickets in Europe heading to Paris are much less expensive. You’ll also find that it will be easier to book a hotel at a more reasonable price – this way you can spend more money on the delicious French cuisine, rather than travel costs.
Second, Paris’ art scene is at its peak in the fall. Paris, known amongst artists as the “city of museums,” holds dozens of new exhibits, theatre productions, and art installations. There is even a International Contemporary Art Fair that takes place as soon as summer melts. Fall is your chance to grab a weekly pass to big museums like the Louvre and the Musee D’Orsay, along with smaller ones, like the Musee Rodin.
Next, wine culture is to die for in the fall. And France is known for being home to some of the highest-quality, best-tasting wine in entire world. So get your taste buds ready and take a train ride to Burgundy or the Loire Valley for an afternoon filled with beautiful vineyards and the all the wonders of wine.
Fourth, since there will be significantly less crowds during the fall season in Paris, you will be able to enjoy more freedom viewing some of Paris’ most recognized sites. This may not mean that there will be no line outside of the Notre Dame, but your chances of getting in more quickly to see its vast details and feel its rich history will undoubtedly increase. You can also view other landmarks like Sacre Coeur, the Eiffel Tower (of course), and you may even get a chance to see the Mona Lisa without having to stand twenty feet away.
Last, Paris is different in every season, and there’s an aura of Paris in the fall that cannot be felt in the spring – so why not experience it for yourself? So book your flights and pack your bags because after all is said and done, Paris is always a good idea.