Autumn in Paris

After a glorious September in San Francisco (following a freezing summer, the coldest in years), instead of a few golden days of Indian summer, we had weeks of it, and I lay in the sun like a lizard soaking up the last rays of sun (even though it’s no longer p.c., I always feel better with a tan, at least in the summer months, and am city pale the rest of the year)—-I trotted through New York in October (and appeared on the CBS Early Show for my new book “Legacy”), and it was just the beginning of fall in New York. And from there I went to Paris, and found myself smack dab in the beginnings of winter, with all its charm and lures and chilly weather. I love winter and snow, and the Christmas holidays, and all the excitements of the winter season, but I have to admit I really enjoyed the summer and the hot weather. But those lazy days are over til next year.

Back in Paris, I turned up the heat, pulled out my winter coats, and threw myself into the fall activities in Paris. One of my favorites is a big art fair that happens every October called the FIAC, which I had fun browsing. It happens at the Grand Palais, a beautiful old glass structure with domes like a Palace, where there are many art exhibitions, fashion shows, and cultural events throughout the year. It’s a fabulous building, recently restored to its original beauty in the past few years. I wandered the aisles, looking at all the booths and a dizzying amount of art, as well as several smaller art fairs that sprout up at the same time. September is the month for antique fairs in Paris, and October for art fairs, and I thoroughly enjoy both, and try to see them all.

I caught up with friends after the summer, invited my favorite ladies for lunch, and am planning to give a Halloween dinner, with decorations I brought from the states. Halloween is virtually non-existent in France, and all of Europe, so it’s fun bringing a bit of that to Paris. I’ve been taking long walks in the chilly weather, doing some shopping, and starting to plan for Christmas. It just feels like winter again, and as incredibly beautiful and appealing as spring and summer are in Paris, it’s beautiful here in winter too. They’re starting to string up the Christmas lights in the trees on the Champs Elysees, although they’re not lit yet, but Paris goes all out decorating for Christmas, the way we used to do in years past, and no longer do to the same extent. Winter is in the air here, and Christmas will be here before we know it….Iā€™m ready for the Parisian winter, and will be back in California for the holidays too… Indian summer is officially over….bundle up….I can hardly wait for the first winter snow blanketing all the parks and monuments of Paris, and hanging off the trees like lace. It’s so beautiful here!!! I miss the summer sun, but it’s exciting that winter is here!!!

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  1. Kimberly October 26, 2010 5:00 pm

    Sounds divine! I’m not that curious about travel… have never left the country, have barely left California, but there are only two places that I’d like to see: New York & Paris! Is Paris as Romantic as they say?! šŸ™‚

  2. Gail October 27, 2010 2:04 am

    Hi Danielle.
    This is the first time that I am reading your blogs. It is lovely to hear everything that is happening in your life, its always so interesting. I’m sure you hear this all the time, but I LOVE your books. I am 29 now and I have read your books since my early teenage years. You are the only author that I enjoy reading. I particularly enjoy your earlier books about war, they are so interesting. Also, I just finished reading “The Ranch”, and I can see that you pour your personal experiences into your novels – with the death of Mary Stuart’s son. Shame, I cannot imagine what grief you went through when you lost your son Nick. The guilt that you portayed in Mary Stuart in “The Ranch”, I hope you did not feel that when your son died. Because you have nothing to feel guilty about.
    I could honestly carry on writing and writing to you, but I’d better finish now as I’m sure you have better things to read.
    Your faithful reader.
    Gail Britz (JHB S.A.)

  3. Denise Friend October 29, 2010 1:06 pm

    I have family in Germany and when visiting (Oct 1999) I was surprised to find Germans did know what Halloween was but like you mentioned, they don’t celebrate it. We found a few pumpkins here and there, also decorations but nothing more than that.

    At the same time we visited Paris, what an experience that was! My husband swears to this day he will never drive in Paris again, lol!

    Happy Autumn!

  4. Autumn Renae Macqueen December 10, 2010 10:05 am

    I love reading your books. They get to the important matters at hand and they deliver very encouraging thoughts to readers all over. Keep writting what you write because it really is awesome to have a author who knows what she’s talking about.

  5. Susie Kief December 16, 2010 5:36 pm

    I love every one of your books. I read and reread them. You are a wonderful writer. I only wish you wrote more novels, you’re my favorite author. Thank you!