Autumn is that time of the year when you realise that the holiday’s over and that it’s time to get down to some serious work. No more sandy beaches, tropical islands or other sunny locations. However, the fact that the weather has got colder and that you can practically smell the winter doesn’t mean that travelling is over (of course, as long as maoney and time allows it); in fact, autumn offers great new opportunities at smaller prices as not every tourist knows where to go and what it is that can be done in this season. So let’s begin an autumnal journey!
Even though for most the tourist season is over in September, there is still a whole lot to do if you come later in this country even if the weather might play some tricks on you. If you’re lucky enough you might enjoy sunny days and a blue sky and also the harvesting time, which is something not to be missed.
First of all, starting October the prices start to drop dramatically, at plane tickets and also when it comes to accomodation, souvenir shops and restaurants. Got your attention already? Well, there is a lot more. For music lovers it’s going to be a true delight: the opera and classical music venues, all begin their activity now.
If you’re looking for some fun you should definitely try going to a wine festival (they are usually called “Federweissen”); here, you will witness manifestations dedicated to wine, as the name says, but you will also get the chance to enjoy local dishes.
Some examples are the Glorious Rheingau days, which take place in the Rhine Valley or Stuttgart Wine Village, which starts earlier at the beginning of September. But as much as the new wine might cheer you up don’t forget to bring warm clothes and also be prepared for a shorter programme in most facilities.
You may have never thought about visiting China in the autumn, but this is also a perspective definitely worth taking into consideration. Again “festival” is the word of the day; some festivals, such as the Mid-Autumn Festival (also called the Moon Festival) are 2000-year old, since the old times when emperors would pray for a good harvest and bring sacrifices to the moon for this purpose.
On this occasion you can enjoy the famous “moon cakes”, specially created for this festival by using carefully-selected ingredients that will make this culinary experience an unforgettable one.
Secondly, you may enjoy what nature has to offer in China. As an example, you can enjoy autumn’s red leaves at Beijing Fragrant Mountain in late October. Then, in order to feast your eyes and also put yourself to the test physically you could try and climb The Yellow Mountain (Huangshan).
The view is absolutely breathtaking, so it will be easy to understand why it has inspired so many painters. However, again don’t forget about the warm clothes a s a serious cold is the last thing you need!
France is another country filled with autumn attractions really worth taking advantage of. For the romantic in you, but not only, enjoying the colors of the leaves and watching them fall is just the right thing to do. There are several places where you can do this such as the lovely city of Strasbourg with its gardens and parks and also the Loire Valley, where the landscape’s beauty is doubled by the presence of the chateaux.
Even though a little less known, Montsegur, a place close to the Pyrenees, is one of the best places in the world to watch the fall foliage, especially from the top of Mount Pog.
If you have no problem with unpredictable weather changes then you should have no second thoughts about going to France. You can benefit from very good bargains, both related to transport and activities and you will also spend less time waiting in queues – so, if you’re not a fan of the crowd…
Moreover, there are numerous wine festivals, which are not to be missed in this country. An example is Limoux, a southern city, where you can taste the new wine in one of the numerous vineyards.
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Even though this country has definitely a lot to offer in any season, this particular location is one that could keep one busy for an entire autumn. The park offers some very good accomodation in charming and also luxurious cabins, but you will not spend a lot of time here as the site practically invites you to go out.
If you decide to come here, then this will also be a good occasion to find out a thing or two about the protection programmes taking place in order to save the rare species of animals from here.
And talking about animals, you may have very good chances to see some of them, especially as the crowd is gone. Moreover, the landscape, now colored by the fall foliage, should definitely worth the time and money. An idea is to try horseback riding, which is offered at the park; it is a relaxing and comfortable solution for taking a look around.
And, in order to bring some energy to your trip, pay a visist to the Old Faithful, the best-known geyser in the area, which never disappoints the visitors, offering the same “show” without ever being late.