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    I'm so glad you're here! My name is Krista, though my friends call me George, Phryne, Luna, FaFa, or Poppit, so take your pick. :-) I'm a wood-burning artist, goat farmer, writer and photographer of all things food, travel, and lifestyle.

    Born in Canada, raised in the USA, and shaped by my European roots, I now live on a goat farm in Queensland, Australia with my husband Bear where I celebrate anything that leads to healing, thriving, and loving.

    I look forward to getting to know you and hope we get to visit often as we share good food, great conversation, and the little things that make each of our lives worth living. :-)

Beautiful European Places to Visit in Autumn

It’s supposed to be Spring in Queensland, but today it is dark, cloudy, blustery and cold. Just like a perfect Autumn day.:-)

So instead of being out in my garden, I’m staying cozy and warm inside, drinking Berry Sensation tea and nibbling on coconut shortbreadas I work my way through my to-do list.

Since I’m in such an Autumnal mood, I thought we’d escape to Europe for a bit, and wander the streets of a few places that are exquisitely beautiful this time of year.

Such as Paris. 

I love Paris in Autumn. Love the thrill of steaming coffee and croissants first thing in the morning. Love how cozy the cafes look with their golden lights streaming out into the cold streets.

Mostly I love dressing warmly in comfy boots, woolens and a cozy scarf to spend hours crunching through leaves as I wander up stone steps, down cobbled alleyways, and along the wide avenues of the Jardin des Tuileries or Jardin du Luxembourg.

Amsterdam is another favorite city to explore in Autumn.

There is something about the light in the Netherlands at this time of year that is eminently serene and quieting. It is conducive to restful naps and long contemplative walks along deserted canals, over ancient bridges, and into charming neighborhoods.

Perhaps my favorite place of all is England, especially the countryside near Salisbury in the New Forest.

My friend Katy took me exploring there one chilly Autumn day last year. What fun we had rambling through the woods, discovering wild ponies and the most delicious little thatched English cottages that made me want to move in immediately and stay forever.

 

If you’ve been to Europe, where is your favorite place in Autumn? If you haven’t, where would you love to explore one day?




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  • jenny_atasteoftravel

    I love Paris in the autumn though your beautiful photos could very easily entice me to go to England and Amsterdam!

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      Me too, Jenny. :-) Paris is so gorgeous at that time of year. :-)

  • http://www.anitalophile.com/ Cathy

    Great choices, and fantastic photos. That’s a tough one Krista. Since living in Europe, autumn has become my favourite season. I love all the colours. I hope you got through your to do list!

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      Thank you, @wanderingsheila:disqus :-) You are so fortunate to live in such a gorgeous part of the world. :-)

  • Paris Rendez-vous

    Hello Krista….so lovely to look through this post and recognise all these lovely places. They are all divine. I adore Amsterdam…quite unique in Europe…and of course, Paris (my current base) must be one of the world’s most elegant cities. Just yesterday afternoon, we (Pierre and I) were sitting in Jardin des Tuileries at one of the little cafes enjoying ice-cream (it’s still very hot here)! And then we took a leisurely stroll through the jardin….then up to the Louvre. I never get tired of that walk! As for other glorious spots in Autumn….Lake Como in Italy is bellissimo!!!!!!

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      Thank you so much, @4266d6b3b88a397625e8586dfeb1f507:disqus :-) I’m so glad you stopped by!! What a perfect afternoon you had in Paris. :-) I love that walk so much too! My brother used to live near there and I walked there nearly every day when I stayed with him. :-)

  • TuulaR

    Simply beautiful Krista… you really have a way of putting photos together that makes me want to hop on a train tomorrow to visit all of these places. And so true, Paris in autumn is gorgeous!

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      I’m so happy to hear that, @TuulaR:disqus :-) Hopping on a train through Europe sounds absolutely wonderful!! :-)

  • http://www.coffeestainedclarity.com Bethany Bassett

    I’d LOVE to ramble around Paris in the autumn, but that thatched cottage? I die.

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      Isn’t that cottage brilliant beyond measure, @BethanyBassett:disqus ??? Sigh…I adore it too. :-)

  • louloufrance

    Any region with vineyards….the autumn colors are spectacular!

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      Oh, vineyards are so pretty in the fall, aren’t they, @louloufrance:disqus ? :-) Lovely!

  • http://twitter.com/ziziadventures Zita Nagy

    Budapest is also great during the autumn but I would love to explore Paris during fall this year!

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      I can imagine Budapest is gorgeous in the Fall, Zita. :-) I’ve only seen it in Spring so I would LOVE to see it now. :-)

  • Bethany Miller

    We’re looking forward to a visit to New England this fall. I love to see the leaves turn!

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      Ohhh, that would be so gorgeous, Bethany. :-)

  • LindyLou Mac

    I love fruit teas as well Krista, lovely photos as always to transport me to all these beautiful places.

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      Fruit teas are so lovely, aren’t they, @google-9c2cabc6737d76d3ba841e28d670a9c0:disqus ? :-) I hope to start icing them once the weather warms up. :-)

  • Hogga

    Stunning! The weather is starting to turn here too and it’s really making me happy lol

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      Oh that’s great, Hogga! Hope you have a fantastic Autumn. :-)

  • http://www.ulyssessrant.com/ Ulysses S. Rant

    The combination of the words “restful,” “contemplative,” and Amsterdam makes me wonder just how much fun you actually had there! And yes, the English countryside is gorgeous.

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      I suppose it depends on your idea of fun, eh? :-) I did have some wild and jolly moments too. :-)

  • http://ecofriendlyhomemaking.com/ Alicia

    Oh my goodness what gorgeous pictures!!

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      Thanks so much, Alicia! :-)

  • Joanne (eats well with others)

    It is definitely autumn here in the states! At least for the past two days. :) I’d love to visit Europe in autumn, especially after seeing these picturesque photos!

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      I would love to see Autumn in your New York, Joanne. :-) I always think of You’ve Got Mail. :-)

  • Mary – One Perfect Bite

    What beautiful photos. I’d have to say Slovenia. That makes it easy to bypass choices that might cause hurt feellings :-). Have a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      Oh you make me laugh, Mary. :-) I have only been to Slovenia in spring – but I can imagine it is stunning in Autumn. :-)

  • http://twitter.com/Ayngelina Ayngelina

    I have finally given in to autumn in Toronto, everyone is putting away their flip flops and taking out their boots. I don’t know it’s still kind of sad.

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      I understand it is a little sad, Ayngelina. That change of seasons is such a mingling of emotions.

  • http://twitter.com/SophieR Sophie’s World

    All of Europe is gorgeous in autumn, but Norway most of all :)

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      Ohhhh, I would love to see Norway in Autumn, @twitter-14650395:disqus I’ve only seen pics and it looks exquisitely beautiful. :-)

  • http://inspiringtravellers.com/ Andrea and John

    It seems like Autumn is a great place to be anywhere in Europe…we just left Finland and it was a bit chilly but certainly bearable…Tallinn has been gorgeous weather-wise so far, though I’d love to see it with the leaves turning. We’ll stop through Amsterdam on the way home – always a favourite in spring and autumn!

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      What a perfect time to travel, Andrea. :-) I would love to visit Finland and Estonia one day. :-)

  • Ayelet – All Colores

    Love fall colors! I don’t mean to complain, given that you’ve provided such beautiful pictures, but where are the pictures of the wild ponies? :)

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      I do have some, @0fc123c6eec7f205cb5913bb6aee9b4f:disqus , and hope to post them one day soon. :-)

  • Jeanne Horak

    Vienna in the Autumn is pretty awesome… Beautiful pics!