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?