September in Paris, pt. 1

Door details

Boulevard Rochechouart

Fall in the Tuileries

Browsing, Galignani


Spotted in Saint-Germain

Marché Raspail

Lunch, Marché Raspail

Goûter, French class

Sunset, Boulevard Clichy

Sunset, Pigalle

Petit déjeuner of champions


To quote a little Doris Day: I love Paris in the springtime. And now I can safely confirm that I love Paris in the fall. I’ve been to Paris now in every season, this being my first trip during the arrival of autumn, though it certainly won’t be my last. It’s impossible to pick a favorite season; even dark, cold winter has its charms. The weather while I was there was beyond glorious: chilly in the morning and blue skies almost every single day, with the afternoon turning slightly warm. I slept with my apartment windows open, and would peel off my scarf by lunchtime, wandering with my coat open and basking in the incredible sunlight that seems to be somehow exclusive to the city. I didn’t think I could love Paris any more than I did, and then I went in the fall.

The French class I took at the Alliance Française added a structure to the trip that has been otherwise absent, unless you count self-imposed writing deadlines or my very strict macaron-consumption schedule. I was in class Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays for three hours every afternoon, and my route to class on the 85 bus took me through the city from Pigalle, past Les Halles, across Île de la Cité, and ended next to the Luxembourg gardens, where I would cross straight through and pop out on the western side of the park on Rue de Fleurus, where the class was. Not a terrible commute. I fell in love with that jardin, watching the foliage change from green to gold to orange in the two weeks I was there. And while the class was challenging, and left my brain exhausted juggling le mise en relief (level B2!), I absolutely loved it, and am already considering another longer stint there. The class I take at the Alliance Française in Philadelphia is only one night a week for two hours, while the Alliance there offers far more intensive options that I know would get me to my certification faster. That’s my ultimate goal: native fluency.

More photos to come (including lots of leaves, and a weekend trip to the coast).

5 thoughts on “September in Paris, pt. 1

  1. Now I want to go in the fall, too. I don’t know if I can wait that long though…. OH, and BTW, nice gel color!

  2. Hi Erin,

    You have probably been asked this before, but which camera and program do you use? Your pictures are amazing!

    1. Hi Annette!! I’m sorry this is about two weeks late, but I use a Canon 6D, a full-frame DSLR and shoot in RAW. I edit all of my photos in Lightroom. Thank you so much for your kind words!! xo

      1. Dear Erin!

        Thank you so much, I will look into the equipment, maybe my pictures will improve a bit.
        I have a little tip BTW for your novel: I have read what you have posted online – cannot wait to read the book as a whole :) – and I used to live in the 7th, and in that neighborhood the garbage trucks normally came late in the evening, not in the morning. I think this is normal for Paris, or at least the parts of Paris I have lived in in my life (3rd, 6th and 7th). I believe you make them arrive early in the morning … (?)
        Have a great 2018 and good luck with your novel :)

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