Autumn’s colour palette warms the soul. Scorching reds, burnt oranges and soft yellows scatter the clear autumn skies and bring simultaneously spectacular and calming scenery. We’ve picked the top 5 places to enjoy the crisp air and crunchy leaves of autumn worldwide.
Historic Bruges is a romantic city of tree-lined canals, cobbled streets and medieval walls. Autumn light warms and illuminates the grand palace and the Gothic churches. Spend your time exploring the variety of fine museums across the city and stopping for Bruge’s famous rich hot chocolate along the canals. In autumn, the blazing colours are reflected in the still waters of the canals making charming meanders through the city streets. At night, cosy up and sample some irresistible Belgium beer.
The Cotswolds, England
The Cotswolds is a countryside haven in autumn. Less crowded than the summer months, the historic towns are relaxed and welcoming. Enjoy cream tea, nestled into an old armchair by a log fire and watch the autumnal colours shifting through the window. The blissful Royal Gardens at Highgrove are manicured beautifully and full of rich reds and oranges, perfect to visit as the leaves change.
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Perhaps not an obvious choice for the imagined autumn break, Kyoto is a stunning myriad of colour. The maple trees fill this Japanese city with burnt oranges and warming yellows. Almost every temple, shrine and garden has colourful maple trees in its surroundings. Tofuku-jj Temple is particularly stunning, as the ravine is set in maples that shine crimson against the clear autumn sky. Head into the Kitayama Mountains to breathe in fresh air in completely remote peace.
The splendour of Piedmont in autumn is only made richer by the exquisite food on offer in this period. Autumn is peak season for food and wine in Italy, so eat your time away and enjoy the dramatic scenery of fiery colours as the vines turn from green to golden browns and purples. Truffle season is in autumn and this delicacy is celebrated with the White Truffle fair in the medieval city of Alba beginning 6th October. The northwest region is fenced in by the Alps, so the scenery is spectacular and can be enjoyed on any of the winding walking trails.
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New England, USA
New England is synonymous with USA fall. This dramatic north-eastern corner is a spectacular collage of rusty, heart-warming autumn colours. Sip pumpkin spiced lattes and cosy up admiring the bucolic scenery in the peaks of New Hampshire’s White Mountains, Vermont’s Green Mountains and the quaint towns nestled in the fall backdrop. A mellow road trip, winding through the imposing forests shadowed with dim light is the way to experience this area in full.
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