Autumn is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque times of the year, and this is even truer in the beautiful city of Paris. Red, yellow and orange leaves line the streets as trees shed their leaves, and the dark nights highlight the twinkling lights of the capital’s attractions. So why not wrap up warm in thick woolly jumpers and scarves and take to the streets of Paris to enjoy the season in all its glory?
A perfect autumnal day in the capital would no doubt start with a stroll on the Champs-Elysees. Greenery lines the atmospheric street, and visitors will see plenty of beautiful autumnal scenery as they get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the romantic French capital.
Situated at the heart of the Champs-Elysees is the L’Atelier Renault – a unique restaurant which is perfect for soaking up the sights and sounds of the high-profile area. The restaurant opens at 10.30am, allowing guests to sit down for a relaxing late breakfast. Why not tuck into some delicious continental pastries and a cool glass of orange juice while planning your itinerary for the day?
Once you’re suitably refreshed, why not head up to the Arc di Triomphe which sits conveniently at the top of the Champs-Elysees. This iconic monument is a must-see on any tourist’s itinerary, and if you after a healthy climb up the landmark’s spiral staircase, visitors will be treated to a spectacular view of Paris, in all its autumnal glory. Under the arches, people are invited to reflect on the military history of France and take a moment at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from WWI, which is dedicated to those who gave their lives in the two world wars.
After this experience, why not get out of the city a bit, with a trip to the opulent Palace of Versailles. The sheer scale of this castle is overwhelming – featuring around 2,143 windows, 1,252 fireplaces and 67 staircases, it is the epitome of 18th century French decadence. However, on a pretty autumnal day, it is the ground that will really delight the visitor. Featuring gorgeous woodlands, magnificent water features and well-manicured lawns and flowerbeds, it is perfect for a warm stroll in chilly weather.
Next on the itinerary should be O Chateau Wine Tasting – an experience at which tourists can learn a little about the French love of wine while also warming themselves up against the cold outside. The wine tasting is educational, and teaches people about local red and white wine. If they so wish, visitors can then visit the bar to indulge in another glass or two, or opt for something off the restaurant menu.
Notre Dame Cathedral is one of Paris’ must-see attractions, and makes a fantastic sight at sundown. The stuff of legend, the cathedral was originally built back in the 12th century in the awe-inspiring gothic tradition. Visitors can climb to the top of the cathedral for a stunning view of the city at dusk, explore the religious iconography within the church, or sit at one of the little cafes and bars in the square and gaze on the cathedral as day turns into night.
After your busy day of sightseeing, why not head back to the hotel and get glammed up for what you have planned at night? The twinkling attractions of Paris look all the better lit up in the dark, and with a Bateaux Parisiens River Cruise you will be awestruck by the views of the city while enjoying a mouthwatering dinner and a few bottles of wine on a glass boat. So head to the Seine and jump on board for the perfect way to finish off your idyllic autumn day in Paris.