Live from… Denmark: Summer is over, let the leaves fall


Pre-autumn-selfie in still green surroundings

We’ve been through this year after year, but if we hadn’t, it would be difficult to imagine that soon the leafs will fade to a palette of toasted colours and fall from those trees that are still standing lush and green. With the calendar now turned to September it feels like the summer (once again) flew by like a paperplane with tailwind.

I spent most of the summer in Southern Europe – kicking it off with press trips to Eastern Spain and the Azores back in June, before being based in Madrid in July and August, from where I took trips south and north to the regions of Andalusia and Galicia. So I can’t complain. I’ve definitely done my share of travelling this summer – but still, I think most of us can agree that we could use a few more weeks (or months) of the sunny season.

Galicien august

Mountainous Galicia was one of my destinations this August

That said, I love the autumn colours and for the scenery alone it’s my favourite time of the year. I’m spending most of September here in Denmark, before I return to Madrid in October, and I’m trying to make the most of it while I’m home, balancing work and time to be with friends and family.

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That the summer is officially over doesn’t mean you can’t travel anymore, and many cities around Europe are great to visit this time of the year. Take Madrid for instance, which is much more comfortable to walk around after the heatwaves have rolled by, leaving September and October as some of the best months to visit the Spanish capital. And so is the case with many other southern cities, where the heat lifts to leave way for more pleasant temperatures.

Retiro autumn

Parque del Retiro in Madrid will turn golden later this autumn

And then you have northern cities like Edinburgh, with its stunning location between rolling hills, that makes it an excellent autumn-trip-destination, as it gets a distinct melancholic touch nearer the end of the year.

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Personally, I have a couple of press trips coming up at the end of this month – one taking me back to my beloved Swiss Alps, while another possible trip will introduce me to Latvia. Honestly I can’t wait to visit a Baltic country for the first time ever, and I think it’s about time I add this exciting corner of Europe to the blog too.

How do you feel about the change from summer to autumn?
And do you have any trips planned in the next few months?

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By Brian Schæfer Dreyer