The end of September has seemed to really drag on. I am so excited to turn the page and enter a new month, even if it’s just a symbolic passage of time. There’s a lot to look forward to in October in Paris from the Gabrielle Chanel exhibit to fall foods…assuming the pandemic doesn’t get in the way of course!
Every year on the first Saturday of October the city of Paris holds Nuit Blanche. Contemporary art installations pop up throughout the city (and the surrounding areas) in museums, around monuments, and inside buildings that normally aren’t accessible to the public. I’m not really an all-night kind of person, but it’s always fun to check out an installation or two! Nuit Blanche starts at 7PM and goes through the night, you can check out a map of the installations here.
“Gabrielle Chanel: Fashion Manifesto” Exhibit
Palais Galliera reopens October 1st following an extensive renovation with the first Gabrielle Chanel retrospective in Paris. The exhibit covers nearly 1,500 square meters (over 16,000 square feet) so I have a feeling it’s going to be a major feast for the eyes (and an exhibit that I visit at least a couple of times). There’s even an entire room devoted to N°5! You can read more about the retrospective here.
Changing Leaves and Fall Colors
Maybe what I’m looking forward to most in October in Paris is just watching the changing leaves and fall colors. Although we’ve had a few changes so far, the leaves are really just starting to turn yellow and the ivy red. It’s a small but wonderful window of time in the city.
“Gemstones, From Minerals to Jewels” Exhibit
Another exhibit I’m looking forward to checking out is “Pierres Précieuses, des Minéraux aux Bijoux” co-curated by Van Cleef & Arpels at the Paris National Museum of Natural History. The exhibit is an immersive tour of the formation process of over 800 minerals, gems, art items, and jewels. I’m not going to lie, I’m most excited to see the 300 plus Van Cleef & Arpels pieces. Tickets are available here.
Fall Foods and Drinks
Last but certainly not least I’m excited for all of the “new” fall foods and drinks that October in Paris will bring. I’m ready for warm and comforting favorites from hot chocolate to onion soup. They make the inevitable rain and colder temperatures a little more bearable!