Autumn, travelling through leaves

Friday, 14 September 2018

Even leaves move the tourism, as long as the touristic operators are able to understand and satisfy the needs of the clients, such as it happens in the New England, a USA region that includes Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island, and where, in autumn, in 2014, the tourists fond for fall foliage spent more than 3 billion dollars.

According to the specialized guides and the so-called leaf peeper, Vermont is the ideal place for the fall foliage, among the States that constitute New England, as Flora Pagetti, teacher in the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, in the book “Terra e mare. Frammenti di turismo tra natura e sport” (EDUCatt, Milan, 2010), states.

«The touristic success of the Indian summer in Vermont is attributable, first of all, to the exceptional extension of the phenomenon. Here, the fall foliage isn’t limited to restricted areas, such as it happens elsewhere, but it concerns almost the entire State. Actually, the Vermont’s forest cover is around the 84% of its entire surface and it’s mostly made by deciduous forests: therefore, it’s a continuous expanse of colourful trees way out to the horizon», as you can read on the book.

It continues by saying: «The conservation of the forestal heritage is simplified by the fact that Vermont is uncontaminated and barely urbanized […]. In addition, Vermont has one of the most severe legislation for the environmental protection in the United States. Vermont’s forests are also characterized by a combination of arboreal multitudes that, in autumn, spreads a whole shade of colours: from straw to golden, orange, rust, scarlet, violet and, lastly, bronze and brown».





Indian summer, you read it well. Do you know why the fall foliage period is also called “Indian summer”? There are various theories, but we want to tell you one of them, also illustrated in the book edited by Pagetti.

The expression “Indian summer” derives from a legend of the Native American tribe Abenaki, the first inhabitants of Vermont’s territoy. Their descendents, even now, «tell the story of three brothers that, in order to defend the people of their village from the attack of a savage bear, got onto his trails. After a long and unceasing hunt, they chased him up to the sky where one of them, lastly, managed to kill him. Only in that moment, the three brothers discovered that the bear that they have killed wasn’t a common animal, but the spirit of the Big Bear of the forest: his blood flowed down from the sky and, by spreading the forests, dyed them an intense and flaming red and gave rise to the so-called “Indian summer”».

It’s not necessary to reach New England to enjoy the Autumn colours, even if many people claim that the nature palette expresses herself at best in that exact North-West territory of the States, and that the passion for fall foliage has been used at best for touristic purposes.




That’s why there are many articles regarding the fall foliage beauty that exorts the passionates and the curious ones to lead towards other destinations. In an article published on Condé Nast Traveler, for example, between the suggested destinations, there are Bukhansan National Park in South Korea, Bran Castle in Romania, Hraunfossar Waterfalls in Iceland, Douro Valley in Portugal and Takachiho Gorge in Japan.

In another article, published on the British daily The Guardian, through the destinations to refer to for fall foliage, the suggestions are Ojców National Park in Poland, Bled Lake in Slovenia, the Cinque Terre in Italy and the Herne Hill district in London, United Kingdom.

London is a metropolis, not a wooded, uncontaminated and barely urbanized such as Vermont. Actually, the autumnal colours can shine at their best also in the cities. Let’s think, for example, at Central Park in New York*: it’s not without a reason that it appears between the destination proposed in an article published on Travel and Leisure.



That’s all for now. Before wishing you to enjoy your work with 6tour, we say goodbye with an extract of the book “Autumnal Tints” by Henry David Thoreau (12 July 1817 – 6 May 1862):

October is the month for painted leaves. Their rich glow now flashes round the world. As fruits and leaves and the day itself acquire a bright tint just before they fall, so the year near its setting. October is its sunset sky; November the later twilight.

*in New York, somebody wrote even poems about the fallen leaves on the ground!

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