What To Love About Fall?
It’s not easy for us to love fall. Our favorite season is summer, followed closely by late spring. Fall is complicated. It can be beautiful, but sad. But with time, we learned to appreciate that we live in a country with four seasons.
We love the fall foliage in Hungary. Our mountains are of medium height (1012 meters in the highest peak), and they’re covered with seasonal forests. We find them the most spectacular during those few weeks in late October or early November when all the leaves turn yellow, orange, red or brown.
We like watching the golden leaves dancing in the wind. Whether in the forest or in any of the pretty parks of Budapest, we like taking walks (and taking pictures, too!) on sunny days.
Oh, the parks. They have a unique charm in fall, with the fallen leaves all over the ground and the benches, with the small kids jumping in the puddles or collecting fallen chestnuts (our little toddler also joined them this fall), with the fall festivals where people drink mulled wine and buy roasted chestnuts (well, not this year).
But we like staying at home, too, especially on wet, cloudy days. Curling up on the couch, watching movies, drinking tea or eating chocolate fondue. Okay, none of these seem to be possible now with an energetic toddler at home. But we can have fun playing hide-and-seek around the dining room table, and play fight on the couch. Maybe, maybe I can have ten uninterrupted minutes to drink some ginger or rum flavored tea with Csaba.
But thanks to our baby boy, fall is the time for lots of first things for us. Tomi was born last August, so we went hiking with him near Budapest first in October. He was in a mei-tai carrier on my chest, weighing less than our backpack. Hah, not anymore! This fall he learned to walk. When we go hiking, he walks one or two kilometres a day on his own, and travels on his daddy’s back in the carrier backpack when he gets tired.
Early fall is our favorite time to travel to the Mediterranean countries! Crowds are gone, but the days are still warm and sunny in September. Early spring was the time when we visited Portugal, Greece, Italy, and we could continue the tradition even this strange year, because we spent our September in Croatia.
Then we arrived home very well in time to marvel at the fall colors. I like photographing them, and also photographing the morning fog and frost, and the reflections in the puddles.
Do you like fall?