We took a beautiful drive to Burgundy last week and had a fabulous, relaxing weekend. The vendange, or grape harvest, came very late this year and they had just finished. More on our wine tasting trip shortly …
The leaves were turning into glorious yellows and reds – couldn’t resist stopping numerous times to collect for our table.
I love the change of seasons in France!
My sister brought Halloween candies from Boston this week so we celebrated at home.
Dining table is dressed for autumn!
I tried to press the leaves in our map book, but lost most of them as they turned dark and moldy. Would love to learn how to press leaves so they retain their color. My next project is to decoupage them onto jars for decorations. Any suggestions or links gratefully received! Happy autumn from France!
Enjoy the autumn colors and fabulous exhibitions on display in Paris!
Autumn temperatures have arrived, leaves are shimmering golden in the parks and gardens and it’s time to take a look at what’s in store for art lovers this autumn in Paris. While the permanent collections offer enough to keep you busy for years to come, there are also a host of intriguing, unique and very rare exhibitions in Paris this autumn and winter. Here’s a look at some of the best shows that you won’t want to miss during your stay in Paris!
The Springtime of the Renaissance: Sculpture at Art in Florence, 1400-1460
26 September 2013 to 6 January 2014 Exhibition website
Forget about the cooler weather as you step back in time to the very birth of the Renaissance in Florence. This special and not to be missed exhibition brings to life the important years from 1400 to 1460 as artists such as Brunelleschi, Ghiberti and Dontatello to name just a few were creating sculpture and art unlike anything anyone had seen before. Organized by the Louvre and the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, this exhibition brings to Paris works of art that you’ll rarely see outside of Italy. In other words, don’t miss this exceptional chance to discover the birth of the Renaissance!
Désirs et volupté, Victorian Masterpieces
13 September to 20 January 2014 Exhibition website
This exhibition is one of the top must-sees for us this autumn in Paris! The beautiful Musée Jacquemart-André presents an exhibition dedicated to desire and sensual pleasure in Victorian painting. See works of art by noted Victorian painters such as Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Sir Frederic Leighton, Albert Moore and the better known Pre-Raphealites likes Edward Burne-Jones, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John William Waterhouse and John Everett Millais. The Aesthetic Movement and Cult of Beauty look particularly at home in the gorgeous setting of the Musée Jacquemart-André.
Masculine/Masculine. The Nude Man in Art from 1800 to the Present Day
24 September 2013 to 2 January 2014 Exhibition website
Where to even begin with an exhibition of over 200 paintings, sculptures and photos of naked men? Probably by suggesting that you just get your tickets and see it for yourself! Ahem. This is your chance to gawk and gander and otherwise appreciate the beauty of the male physique all for the sake of art appreciation. Thank you Musée d’Orsay!
Frida Kahlo/Diego Rivera: Art in Fusion
Musée de l’Orangerie
9 October 2013-13 January 2014 Exhibition website
One of the smaller yet no less important exhibitions of the autumn, the Musée de l’Orangerie presents an exhibition dedicated to the artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Art in Fusion is an appropriate title as the artists were married, divorced and married again, and one would expect to find passions, interests and inspiration infused in their work. Don’t miss this chance to see it side by side! If you haven’t been to the Musée de l’Orangerie, it’s one of the best small museum in Paris.
One of the art events of the autumn season, the Grand Palais presents an exhibition dedicated to one of the founders of Cubism, Georges Braque. While he hasn’t received as much as attention as Picasso, Braques was a major contributor to Cubism and the avant garde art scene in France. This exhibition rectifies this by bringing together 200 works by the artist highlighting his career. Check out the cool promotional video, too.
Until 4 November 2013
& Le Surréalisme et l’objet(Surrealism and the Object)
30 October 2013 – 03 March 2014 Exhibition website
Modern art lovers will want to catch the Roy Lichtenstein exhibition that is still on at the Pompidou Centre until November 4th. Find out more here. If you’re visiting this autumn, you’re in for another treat with the exhibition Surrealism and the Object. Presenting works of art by modern masters, such as Dalí, Max Ernst, Man Ray, Picasso, Calder, Giacometti and more, this exhibition takes viewers into the unusual, unreal and sometimes unsettling world of Surrealism and its relationship to the object.
Etrusques, Un hymne à la vie
18 September 2013 to 9 February 2014 Exhibition website
The Musée Maillol in the 7th arrondissement has organized an exhibition dedicated to the Etruscans, the ancient people who inhabited the Italian peninsula before the Romans. Focused on reconstructing daily life for Etruscans, this exhibition highlights a culture we know surprisingly little about today.
The Renaissance and the Dream: Bosch, Véronèse, Greco
Musée du Luxembourg
9 October 2013 to 26 January 2014 Exhibition website
Autumn is a beautiful time to stroll through the Luxembourg Gardens. Warm up after your walk by visiting the Musée du Luxembourg for its dreamlike show dedicated to, well, dreams. From dreams of the divine to Hieronymus Bosch’s nightmarish scenes, take a fascinating look at how dreams were thought of and represented in the Renaissance.
The crunch of autumn leaves underfoot in the Champ de Mars gardens, warming up with a chocolat chaud at a cute little café, slipping into Bon Marché to shop for stylish winter boots … autumn is around the corner in Paris! If you haven’t been to Paris during the fall season, then you’re in for a treat. Fewer crowds to deal with at the main sights and museums means you’ll have more time to enjoy the art, architecture and charms of Paris. (Plus you can wear those super cute boots you just bought!) This is the perfect time of year to discover the Parisians’ Paris, enjoy holiday shopping and soak up the beautiful autumnal colors of the city.
If you’re thinking of an escape to Paris this autumn, then check out our Last Minute Specials page for some remarkable deals. Save 40% off your stay in some of our beautiful Paris vacation rentals–from cute studios to luxurious three bedroom apartments–for stays in October and November! Dates are very limited and go quickly with these outstanding discounts, so Contact Us right away and our reservations team will help you plan the perfect stay in Paris!
To tempt you just a little more, here’s a peek at just a few of the apartments with Last Minute Specials up to 40% off this autumn!
Paris Romance at the Givry
Dinner with an unforgettable view at the Givry in Paris
Is romance in the air this autumn? Then we’ve got the perfect spot for you. The Givry is a fully remodeled and beautifully decorated one bedroom apartment with absolutely stunning views of the Eiffel Tower. That magical sight is perfectly framed in the dining room, living room … and even the bedroom! Enjoy romantic dinners at home while watching the magical light show sparkle – pure romance! You’ll love the location in the 7th arrondissement just by the Champ de Mars gardens and only a short stroll from the Seine River, charming rue Cler market street and wonderful restaurant choices. Visit the Givry to see more tempting photos, discover more about the neighborhood and find out all the details on the last minute sales!
History & Parisian Style on Rue du Dragon
Stunning original details in the Dragon vacation rental
One of our newest and loveliest apartments in Paris, the one bedroom Dragon apartment takes its name from its very special location rue du Dragon. This medieval street is full of charm and history and is just off stylish Boulevard Saint-Germain near Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés in the 6th arrondissement. Perfect location! We’ve fallen in love with the original features, like the wood ceiling beams and the rustic stone walls, and the gorgeous décor that complements the setting so beautifully. Take a tour through the Dragon and find out more about this very special neighborhood in Paris right here.
The Charming Parisian Lifestyle at the Cassis
Comfort and charm in the Cassis … with a view of the top of the Eiffel Tower, too!
Stay in the fabulous 7th arrondissement in the Cassis, a simply charming one bedroom vacation rental with a lovely setting in one of our favorite neighborhoods. Step out on one of the two cute little balconies and you’ll enjoy a view of the tip top of the Eiffel Tower. How sweet! Fully remodeled and stylishly decorated, the Cassis is a comfortable home base for exploring all the best of Paris. Stop by the rue Cler market on your way home to pick up the freshest ingredients for dinner at home or simply head out to find a fabulous selection in the neighborhood just a short stroll away!
Absolutely charming balcony with views of the top of the Eiffel Tower from the Cassis
Discover the charms of rue du Commerce and the 15th arrondissement at the Cotes du Ventoux
Need a bit more space and looking for the chance to discover a new neighborhood in in Paris? Let us introduce you to the Côtes du Ventoux, a two bedroom apartment right off of rue du Commerce – our favorite hidden shopping street in Paris! You’ll love this authentic Parisian neighborhood with fabulous shopping, great dining spots and lots of charm … and all just a short walk from the Champ de Mars gardens and the Eiffel Tower. Discover more about the fabulous rue du Commerce shopping street and the Côtes du Ventoux vacation rental here.
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The Eiffel Tower surrounded by the colors of autumn
Paris has a special charm throughout the year, but there’s something about the warm colors of autumn that strike a chord. Maybe it’s simply the changing of the season? It is the golden hue of the leaves at sunset? The crisp air and the autumn wind that sends the leaves tumbling through the streets? Whatever it is, it makes us want to put on our boots and go crunching through the piles of yellow and golden leaves in the Champ de Mars Gardens, along the Seine or one of our many favorite spots in Paris. Here are some photos we’ve taken lately while out and about – trying to resist jumping in piles of leaves in Paris!
Yellow leaves in the Esplanade des Invalides in the 7th arrondissement – a popular spot for locals to play boules!
Enjoying the autumn leaves and colors along the river while treasure hunting at les bouquinistes – the booksellers along the Seine.
Golden leaves along the Seine in Paris
Parisian cafe tables with autumn leaves – how romantic!
Autumn colors at the Hotel de Ville in Paris
One brilliantly red autumn tree in the Latin Quarter
Vélib’ around Paris through the autumn leaves!
The last signs of autumn have blown away … and Christmas lights, holiday shop windows and winter temps have arrived in their place. There’s no time to miss autumn, because Paris absolutely sparkles during the holidays with colorful lights, Christmas Markets and a delightfully festive atmosphere. Stay tuned to the Paris Perfect Blog for a glimpse of the holiday season in Paris this year!