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Autumn around the World

autumn around the world

Nothing makes me happier than when the leaves begin to change. Shades of gold, red, orange and yellow blanket the ground, crunching under my feet as I would rush off to class in university in Massachusetts or hiking around my parent’s home in Virginia.

Without a doubt, autumn is my favorite season. I love fall, when the nights get chillier, when the air gets crisper and smells like a fireplace. I look forward to breaking out sweaters and scarves, and finally getting to wear my favorite fall colors again, cranberry reds, burnt sienna oranges and golden yellows, mimicking my favorite trees.

I love what fall symbolizes, change, the end of summer and the beginning of the harvest. I love the back to school themes and seeing the yellow buses around town filled with smiling and screaming children with big backpacks.

At the risk of sounding like a complete tool, or at least revealing what a total nerd I really am, I always think back and reflect on one of my favorite sonnets by Shakespeare when October hits (forgive me, I am feeling poetic tonight.).

“That time of year thou mayst in me behold,
When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang
Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,
Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.
In me thou seest the twilight of such day,
As after sunset fadeth in the west,
Which by and by black night doth take away,
Death’s second self, that seals up all in rest.
In me thou seest the glowing of such fire,
That on the ashes of his youth doth lie,
As the death-bed whereon it must expire,
Consumed with that which it was nourished by.
This thou perceiv’st, which makes thy love more strong,
To love that well, which thou must leave ere long.”

Sonnet 73

autumn around the world

I love cloudy, overcast fall days, tucked away in a cafe reading and writing, sipping hot pumpkin spice lattes and people watching. Even better, I love those perfect fall days where the sky is a vibrant blue and cloudless, with the landscape painted bright in all my favorite colors. I’ll go hiking and walking outside, camera in hand, trying to take it all in, basking in the glory of the end of summer and the beginning of winter. I love apple picking and pumpkin hunting, trying to get in the spirit for Halloween and Thanksgiving.

The spectacular east coast autumns are one of the my favorite things about America. And one of the things I miss the most when traveling the world.

When I lived in southern Spain, we didn’t get much fall at all. Those olive leaves don’t like to change colors. Last year I moved to Logroño, in La Rioja in the north of Spain after falling in love with the landscape on a train tide during the fall of 2007. Though Spain doesn’t have the lush forests and bright leaves like back home, fall is just as beautiful in it’s own way. In La Rioja the best time to visit is in the fall because all of the leaves on the vineyards change color during and after the wine harvest. Last year I would spend my weekends hanging out in the medieval villages around La Rioja, like Laguardia, walking amongst the vineyards and munching on grapes.

autumn around the world

Fall comes later in Europe, even in late November you can still find it lingering around, especially in places like London or Italy. One of my favorite parts of Milan wasn’t the beautiful architecture or the glamourous shops, it was spending time in the numerous parks around town, walking along creeks and lakes under yellow trees.

Over the years I hoard fall tree photos like treasure. It’s one of my quirks. Between October and December I take my camera with me everywhere. I’m that person that pulls over on the side of the road just to take 20 pictures of a tree. I even plan my trips now around the seasons, trying to be in a certain places at the best time, especially when it comes to the changing leaves.

Here are some of my favorite pictures over the years of autumn around the world, of places that have a truly spectacular fall that I’ve been to, as well as a few places I want to go to.

What is your favorite season? What is your favorite thing about fall? What places has the best fall for you? Are you a secret poet too?

New England (USA)

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autumn around the world

Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts, where I went to university.

 Seattle, Washington

Washington D.C, Virginia and Maryland

autumn around the world

autumn around the world

autumn around the world

autumn around the world

autumn around the world

autumn around the world

autumn around the world

La Rioja, Spain

Laguardia

Driving in the Sierra de la Cebollera

Laguardia

autumn around the world

Ortigosa de Cameros

autumn around the world

San Vicente

Mansilla

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autumn around the world

Valvanera Monastery

 Navarra, Spain

autumn around the world

autumn around the world

Olite Castle

England

London

Italy

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Milan

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Lake Como

Now these are the places on my autumn travel bucket list:

Japan

 Kyoto

autumn around the world

Kyoto

China

Great Wall of China

Argentina

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Chile

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Patagonia

New Zealand

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Kawarau River

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12 Responses to Autumn around the World

  1. kami November 12, 2012 at 8:08 am #

    amazing pictures! they just reminded me why I love travelling in autumn the most! these colours are simply breathtaking!

    • Liz November 12, 2012 at 11:17 pm #

      Thanks! I am obsessed with fall haha!

  2. Ella Coquine November 12, 2012 at 11:44 am #

    The Japan photos are by far the best!! I was there in summer so I’ve never experienced this beauty! Kyoto….wow, just wow.

    The foliage in Paris lacks luster. We get like a rusty brown and faded green combination. In other parts of France (even the suburbs of Paris), we get these rich colors of gold and crimson, but for some reason it doesn’t really happen here in Paris. I blame pollution!

    I hope you enjoy your autumn in the States! I look forward to where your next adventure leads you…any ideas? ; )

    • Liz November 12, 2012 at 11:17 pm #

      Yeah, I dream about going to Kyoto in the fall, it looks so magical!!! That sucks! I never realized about the leaves in Paris, but it makes sense I suppose.

      I have lots of ideas for my next adventure, narrowing it down is the hard part!! But I am leaning towards New Zealand!!

  3. Nicole Marie November 12, 2012 at 10:49 pm #

    i’m so happy the leaves are changing in madrid. we don’t get much of that in california so this is a treat!

    • Liz November 12, 2012 at 11:15 pm #

      Retiro in the fall is amazing!! I miss Madrid!

  4. Julika November 13, 2012 at 9:47 am #

    What a gorgeous collection of pictures! I love fall too – especially when it looks exactly like in these photos :) Great post, Liz!

    • Liz November 22, 2012 at 2:54 am #

      thanks Julika, I love fall so much!!!

  5. Kay December 4, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

    My parents live in Virginia too! And I lived there all my life until I moved out for college (now living in Houston). Fall is really, truly a spectacle there. It’s one thing I miss from here in the Lone Star State!

  6. Candace February 3, 2013 at 10:18 am #

    I also recommend Akita prefecture in Japan during the fall. Its name literally means “Fall Field.” It’s a beautiful countryside place. Here’s a good stock photo: http://www.webstockpro.com/AmanaimagesRF/10211000135.River-through-tree-covered-Photo/

  7. Ashwin April 25, 2014 at 3:15 am #

    Those are some brilliant pictures..loved the Chile one the most, looks like Autumn is THE time to go to Chile

  8. Milena Yordanova July 9, 2014 at 7:45 pm #

    Awesome pictures! The fall is my favorite season, too :) It’s like a beginning of something new. You should visit Paris in the fall. The city is so romantic during this time of the year.

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