The fall is our favorite season in Paris and we love making the most of it before winter comes. After those infamous long August vacations, September is the time to embrace la rentrée – or “back to school” – and there is a new and exciting energy throughout the city which continues through the autumn months. With this fresh start come new projects, ideas, businesses, and everyone feels recharged and ready to explore. Not to mention the weather: crisp, sunny fall days highlight Paris at it’s best, and inspire all kinds of adventures.
One of our favorite things to do is take a fall nature walk, either in one of the many parks or just along an area with trees and greenery. As the leaves are changing, the urban landscape comes to life and this type of walk can be just what you need to clear your mind and get inspired by your surroundings.
Prompt: take a fall nature walk in one of the places we recommend or your favorite outdoor spot. Absorb the nature and your surroundings. Focus on the details around you and be present in your environment. Collect a few leaves or other organic materials and safely transfer them home. Press these items between the pages of a heavy book and let them dry naturally. Once dried, use them for a collage, decoration or any creative project.
Some places we recommend:
Parc Buttes Chaumont
Canal Saint Martin
Bassin de La Villette
Bois de Vincennes
Inspired by my walk on the Canal Saint-Martin, I created a collage with leaves, a found image from a magazine and a nature print I bought at a flea market. I love the juxtaposition of the 3 dimensional plants and the printed images. Being in nature and walking with no destination helps get my ideas and creativity flowing and always inspires me.