{ an autumnal trip to France} part 2 :: Paris

paris-1The ruby red carpeted staircase in our apartment building smelled of incense. Or perhaps it was expensive soap. As I ran down it each morning, on my way to buy breakfast from the boulangerie at the end of the road, I could almost imagine that I was a Parisian lady heading out early one morning, and leaving behind me my elegant apartment with its shelves of philosophy books, shiny piano and red geraniums in the window box .

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… I would walk past the tiny park on the corner, tiptoe under the railway arches and patter down the steps into the Metro. Along the tree-lined river Seine I’d stroll – cobbled pavement sprinkled with golden leaves – stopping to admire the wares of the Bouquiniste booksellers, picking up an art nouveau print to prop on my marble mantel. I’d pass the iconic bookshop, with its guitar strumming buskers, and cross over the bridge to the flower market, where I’d buy something potted and lovely, a pink cameila, perhaps. Then I’d weave my way through the streets to a favourite cafe, sitting at a pavement table, nursing a coffee and watching the world go by, taking notes in a chic notebook with a blue-inked fountain pen…leaves-1 paris-12paris-4 paris-13As I climb back up the ruby stairs, the aroma of freshly-baked pain aux raisins mingles with the fragrance of incense (or was it soap?). Ever so slightly reluctantly, I leave my Parisian alter-ego behind me and push open the ornate wooden door, stepping inside to to share breakfast with my hungry, happy family.

{ If, like me, you can’t get enough of Paris in the fall, I’ve made a story over on Steller about the Golden Leaves of Paris }

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  • Such beautiful photos – and so evocative of the city. I used to live in Paris and autumn was always my favourite time of year. The city almost seems to come to life then – far more so than during the summer, when many residents head south. Great to see the ever-inspiring Shakespeare & Co too! x

  • I agree Paris in the Autumn is fabulous. I particularly enjoy walking through Les Tuileries garden with all the beautiful autumnal colour rain or shine. Your pictures are beautiful. B