Fruiting trees tell the tale of seasonal transition

You can always count on nature to put on a wonderful display when it is time to transition between seasons. Here in Tuscany the autumn leaves have turned and fallen and persimmon season is upon us.

Board up, it’s the off-season

Some of France‘s most beautiful villages, featured on the Beaux Villages list turn from bustling tourist towns in the summer, crowded with tourists from everywhere. Into quiet and peaceful villages for locals to enjoy. Just as summer comes to a close, while the weather is still warm and autumn flowers start to bloom a tourist can enjoy the off-season with some room to move.

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One vivid Autumn in Annecy

Autumn in France is a spectacle, the vivid colours of the autumnal blooms are beautiful. A drive around Lake Annecy and I had plethora of shots filled with vibrant blooms.

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Bruges – Belgium

Bruges was one of those destinations that we stumbled upon, we had no real plans of visiting Bruges during our trip – our major destination was Spain. But when searching for the most economical way to get back to Amsterdam from the south of Spain to meet our return flight the train proved to be the best option. Well partially by train anyway.

Our train passed through Brussels rather than Bruges, but after doing some research we decided that we would rather stop by Bruges than Brussels – so one more train trip was on the agenda.

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A worthwhile journey it proved to be.

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We managed to miss the massive crowds of summer, visiting in October where the weather was still mild – although much cooler than the south of Spain. An impromptu purchase of winter woolies was essential.

The highlights of visiting Bruges in Autumn were the foggy mornings and misty days, this was in stark contrast to the dry weather in Spain.

Bruges is quite a small city but was very picturesque, I felt like Bruges provided everything that I was hoping to find in Amsterdam but did not. Bruges too has canals, but the quaintness of the city for me made it a more enjoyable city to wander around.

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