The Colors of Paris

Colors of Paris Jackie DeGiorgio Paris Travel Tips
Autumn-hued leaves on the Île-de-la-Cité

I used to chalk up Paris’s consistent gray sky as pure coincidence before I realized that seemingly incessant cloudiness was indeed the city’s norm. I think it’s safe to say my visit this past June was probably the sunniest weather I have had since I traveled to Paris nine years ago. Not sure if it’s completely a summer thing as my long-Bastille-Day-weekend last July was unusually chilly and from the Friday to Tuesday of my stay, I only got one full day of fun in the sun, which thankfully was Bastille day itself (Monday) along with a few rays of light on the Saturday.

However, I have grown quite fond of Paris’s gray sky and I can’t get enough of it. I love how the gray further enhances the beauty of the city’s typical Haussmann buildings and their zinc roofs, providing the perfect neutral backdrop for the colors of Paris to pop. In fact, I’m so smitten with the colors of Paris that I created a Stellar story with photos from my most recent visit, which you can check out by clicking below.

Save for the occasional brick, blush pink or daffodil yellow facade, a typical Paris streetscape comprises the neutral Haussmann palette, a canvas for the vibrant splashes of color that come in various forms. Red and blue, an aesthetic as seemingly patriotic as it is pleasant, seems to dominate. There are countless geraniums in assorted reds, pinks and oranges; red-and-blue-doors galore; yellow and green storefronts; street art; graffiti and much, much more. At this time of year, the gray backdrop further enunciates the allure of the autumn leaves, particularly those along the Seine, and the result is simply spellbinding. Ironically, weather that I would normally perceive as crummy only elevates my mood in Paris. I do realize that I might feel differently, though, if I lived there.

Stellar story below. Hope you enjoy the colors of Paris as much as I do! And thank you, as always, for reading.

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