Contrary to popular belief, Autumn is still here.

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November may have begun, and the Christmas light switch-ons are well underway, but I personally can’t let go of Autumn until it is officially Winter.

Autumn is a very special time of year for all, and I was lucky to spend some of Autumn in Paris this year. The perfect time to go and sip Chocolat Chaud and eat cake.

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But, if my “go to drink hot chocolate” didn’t sell it for you, then here are 3 legit reasons to actually visit Paris in Fall:

  1. Experience Paris’ Fall Foliage

Autumn in Paris means gloriously crisp days, and beautiful colours around every corner. These cooler days are the perfect time to see Paris, since it is still mild enough to walk everywhere, yet crisp enough to see Paris’ foliage in its autumnal glory. Walk the Champs de Elyees or the Louvre Palace to capture some incredibly vibrant fall shots. Faithful to true Parisian style, many of these trees are arranged in elegant lines, and the tree-hedges are in a gorgeous orderly arrangement like nowhere else.

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2. Feel like a Parisian

School has started again, and tourists have began to leave the city before Christmas season begins. Although still a busy city, Autumn is the quietest time to visit. How does exploring the streets of Paris alongside the locals sound? And not fighting tourists for table views on the terrace? It’s mostly just you and the locals, generally. Sure, there are tourists around, but it’s half the amount compared to July. Sounds perfect to me.

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3. It’s a cheaper time to visit Paris

From airfare to hotel costs, it is much less expensive to visit than Christmas, Spring, Summer or even February (Valentines Season: when prices increase incredibly – those on a budget should avoid like the plague). In summer, demand pushes the prices back up, so by Fall, everything is falling straight back down. *kerching*

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Seeing Paris’ glorious architecture and immense history in Autumn’s golden light is simply jaw-dropping.

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Aside from all of the usual things I choose to do on city breaks (eat… drink… eat…etc, etc…) I love to explore on foot. And of course, whether you like it or not, it’s only necessary to visit a few tourist spots to get them ticked off the list.

I’m not always the biggest fan of tourist-y things (cue long queues, overpriced tickets, and big crowds…), however going up the Sacre Coeur was my favourite. Yup, even more so than the Eiffel Tower.

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We were lucky that our boutique hotel was located nearby the walk to the very quirky MonteMarte, and therefore also Sacre Coeur. So we set off out of our gorgeous room off to explore…

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It is a long walk up to the Sacre Coeur, so there are lifts for those less able to walk very far – but I highly recommend walking it if you can. We set off at golden hour, and the views on the way up are magical; those golden rooftops underneath dusty pink skies just get me every time.

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In between each set of steep steps were authentic cafes and bars, that I was just dying to try…

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But with the sun setting slowly but surely, and knowing the views from the top are well worth it, we saved them for another time! Sacré-Cœur is a Roman Catholic church that boasts breath-taking 360 panoramic views of the city, offering sights of the romantic cobbled Parisian streets and its iconic landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower.

 

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Tickets are almost half the price of many other viewing points in Paris, and they don’t let you down. So it’s good for those of us on a budget, yet who still want to make the most out of our travels.

After a long wander around Sacre Couer, our hunger took over. We’d passed Montemarte on our walk up, and since walking down is a little more pleasurable, we couldn’t wait to head back and try some French cuisine.

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This busy part of Paris is a beautiful little square, full of artists, restaurants, and bustling with energy. Not to mention the extremely tempting patisseries…
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We settled on a little restaurant outside in the square, and although the food and service did slightly disappoint, the atmosphere made up for it. The wine was good, too…

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It was a chilly morning along the Thames. 

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                  Featured jewellery: Miriam Salat

Beginning with a hot coffee and cinnamon bun, me and some of my girls met the lovely Jade Greenbrooke to shoot some snaps for the gorgeous jewellery for Miriam Salat.

(Check out more of Jade’s amazing work here or here)

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     Eat & Be Merry – couldn’t have described this season better myself…

The day became more windy and cold by the minute, so there was no other option than to throw on the thermal tights and jumpers! A festive day filled with lattes, christmasy drinks and sightseeing in some of our favourite places in the city. Definitely got me feeling festive!

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Roll-neck Jumper: New Look // White Back Pack: Fiorelli // Suede Skirt: H&M // Ring and Bracelet Cuff: Miriam Salat

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                                 Blazer Style Coat: New Look

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                       White Backpack: Fiorelli

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              Gorgeous details on the Miriam Salat collection!

My girls Anita and Georgina have also posted some shots from this day so check theirs out too.

 

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My last few days living outside of London this summer have been nice and well-spent. This time next week I will be living in London again and I can’t wait to be back in my favourite city!

Until then, I thought I would write up a short-but-sweet post on a different favourite city of mine in England: Canterbury. Although in comparison to London this city is much smaller, I love it because I spent three years of my life studying at College there, and although I was ready to move away from this place it is always nice to go back and appreciate its beauty.

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It is always a tourist hotspot, and there are many reasons as to why so many people go.

Most of the international tourists here always visit the Cathedral which is stunning.

Despite the many modern shops and stores, such as Topshop and French Connection, the streets still have not lost their old traditional charms. Many of the buildings are a little older than you’d think, my favourite building is a restaurant on by the river – it has been there since the 1500’s. You can also take a river boat tour here too which although I am yet to try, I have heard its definitely worthwhile!

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With cobbled streets, old fashioned sweet shops and ice cream carts, the city really does take tradition seriously!

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There are more pubs than bars or clubs in Canterbury, so its the perfect place for a proper pub crawl! When we visited the other day we went to the Foundry Brew Pub for their craft beer festival.

I always love to go to small festivals like these; they’re inexpensive, have great live music and you can always find yourself meeting new people. We found ourselves chatting to some guys and girls from South Africa and Canada at this one.

They had travelled in from London that day too, so that’s just proof that it doesn’t take long to reach these other cute places and how worthwhile it can be.

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Bethany x

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London by day is vibrant, but London by night is magical.

There are just some particular places in London that really do shine at night. No pun intended.

In this post I am just going to post some of my favourite moments from some of my nights spent in London this past year. Some of them you may not be a surprise, however some of them you may not have considered visiting at night.

CHELSEA BRIDGE

A simple bridge that at night looks so breath-taking and is the perfect view for a night time stroll.

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OXFORD CIRCUS

One of the best places for shopping in the day, however at night (especially at Christmas) everything is lit up and I love the atmosphere here!

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TOWER OF LONDON

When the sun goes down, the lights surrounding this historical tourist spot flash back on. Its quite different from the modern buildings that are lit up around London, and at night this really shows in contrast to the financial-sector-skyline next to it.

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BIG BEN (OF COURSE)

You knew Big Ben (aka Queen Elizabeth Tower) was coming up didn’t you. And why would it not, just look at it…

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THE LONDON EYE

Strolls along this bridge are better at night. (and not just because no longer pushing through a crowd)

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Night-time in London is my favourite; the hustle and bustle of the daytime rush is usually somewhat lessened and you get to see the city’s building looking their best. Those were just a few of my favourites, obviously others such as the London Bridge and the Shard definitely stand out in my mind as must-visits too!

Bethany x

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