Who loves Paris above all cities -- why?

Old Apr 20th, 2004, 05:14 PM
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Who loves Paris above all cities -- why?

There's the question! Do you want to tell me what about Paris captures your heart? Or, if you don't like Paris, why that is so.
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Old Apr 20th, 2004, 05:54 PM
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Good question that it brought a smile to my face. I love Paris. My first time was in 2002 and have been back 3 times after that first trip. I think the history is awesome. Incredible to think what it would have been like to be there long ago. Something about this city captures my heart. The romance, the people and it is an easy city to get around. I would love to just sit in a cafe and people watch but there is so much to see.
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Old Apr 20th, 2004, 06:20 PM
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Because it lives up to its enormous reputation for art, culture, cuisine, romance and fashion, and surpasses it. And because it's so French and so multicultural at the same time.
Paris gets inside your head and becomes an obsession, like a beaujolais nouveau.
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Old Apr 20th, 2004, 06:28 PM
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Who loves Paris above all cities? I don't. I am not overl fond of any city, anywhere. How is that for a blunt answer?. Now do I have to go into why?

I like the art and music establishments that must have cities to exist, but other than that, I am yet to find a city I want to live in.

The fact that there is no other museum quite like the d'Orsay or a sculpture reserve quite like the Rodin does not make me "love" Paris. Or any other city for that matter.

Great to visit the institutions I find incredible. Great to leave the aspects of any and all metro areas I despise.

Doubt if your self serving question got the answer you wanted, but that's the way I look at it.

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Old Apr 20th, 2004, 06:33 PM
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I was enchanted by Paris since I was 16 years old..
Since then it will always hold a special place to my heart..
Of course Rome will be always my first love...
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Old Apr 20th, 2004, 06:37 PM
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I guess I'm one who does love Paris and always will! It began on a whirlwind escorted tour in '78 during high school. I didn't see any get to see the city at all during this tour so I decided to revisit but it didn't occur again until 1991 w/my husband. Paris is really special with your loved one(s). After that again in '93, '99, '02, this past Feb. and again this Dec.
I cannot explain completely why the city's captured my attention except other than its ambience, the great architecture, looking at the Seine during the day and at night, and the great pastries among many reasons.
I know people who don't see it the way I do and really don't like Paris. It's their choice but, honestly, I cannot understand why they feel that way.
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Old Apr 20th, 2004, 06:42 PM
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I'm a big fan of vibrant cities and Paris heads the list of the many I've visited on four continents. Great food; lively street life; wonderful preservation of historic buildings; a great metro system (coupled with fabulous "walkability"); a beautiful language; sidewalk cafes; eye-catching art; people-friendly public places; awesome cityscapes; comfortable hangouts; interesting characters; sensible priorities and an incredible "sense of place" all combine to form a city that I am always happy to return to. Paris puts a punctuation mark or two in my life experience each year and I doubt that I will ever tire of it.
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Old Apr 20th, 2004, 07:02 PM
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Yes. It is the French spirit.
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I'm not a fan of cities either, but for Paris I'll make an exception. The first time I didn't want to go but we landed there and needed to get over jet lag. I really did enjoy it. We've returned many times over the years and I do look forward to it now.

I like the ambiance. I love the churches. I love the museums. I like being able to eat in a restaurant where the men don't wear baseball caps and people don't yell at each other and the waiters don't wait until you have your mouth full and then come over and ask if everything is okay. Somehow, everything seems to fall in place in Paris and even on those days when you have nothing planned, you can walk along the Seine or pop into a museum and it's just a perfect day. It's even nice when it rains!

If you have to visit a city, Paris is the city to visit.
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Old Apr 20th, 2004, 08:45 PM
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One possible reason, a quote from a collection titled "A Place in The World Called Paris" edited by Stephen Barclay:

"Everything I saw--the chestnut trees scarttering their leaves along the walks, the wide bridges clustered with bookstalls at either end,the medieval town of Ile de la Cite over which Notre-Dame raised its ponderous, Gothic stones--evoked that strange pang which even first time visitors to Paris recognize, with some astonishment, as nostalgia. A buried memory seems to stab at your consciousness in Paris, and you follow in the steps of an elusive phantom of deja vu, but never quite catch up. So deeply embedded in the world's dream of freedom, youth, art, and pleasure has this city become, that the feeling that the stranger in Paris feels is a feeling of return. Perhaps one misses friends so keenly there beause all of one's senses are pitched to such a keen note of receptivity, and one vibrates with an awareness that one longs to share."

"A Wake in the Streets of Paris",
John Clellon Holmes 1987
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Old Apr 20th, 2004, 09:05 PM
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I have lived to return to Paris since I first visited in 2001. But I have always been fascinated by Paris. I just loved it even more after being there. I love the colour of all the buildings, the spirit, the memories of my honeymoon...everything...cant wait to return in Sept!
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Old Apr 21st, 2004, 01:48 AM
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I too am a Paris lover; hard to describe the comfortable feeling I have walking everywhere; there is always something to wow me. The bridges and the views, how people live there. I try to avoid the more touristy areas, Eiffel Tower and Champs Elysées, after you've seen them once there's no need to return.......
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Paris is unique in it's league.
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Old Apr 21st, 2004, 03:56 AM
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There is just something about Paris. Everywhere you look, down every small side street or grand boulevard or around every corner, is beautiful architecture with wonderful details. The whole city is a museum. The first few times I went there I didn't spend much time in museumes, I couldn't tear myself away from the street scenes to go inside. Besides the buildings there's the courtyards, the parks, the street life, the shops. Just window shopping in Paris is more interesting than most things you can do other places. The windows themselves are art. And if you do want to go shopping - have you seen the inside of Galleries Lafayette? That dome would be a major tourist attraction in most cities, in Paris it's just a store.

Everything in Paris is like that. just take almost any building, church, monument, bridge - in most other places in the world it would be the central attraction, in Paris it's just a part of the whole.

It is such a walkable city, I can walk ten times as far as I can at home without getting bored or tired. But when I do, it has the most effecient, and most interesting, public transportation system of any of the major cities. When I get hungry - look in any patisserie window, or find a crepe stand, a cafe - you don't even need any of the multitude of great restaurants to find wonderful food. And if you do buy street food or something "to go" - no problem finding a scenic, peacful place to eat it. And while doing so there will undoubtedly be interesting people to watch, probably with their cute, well behaved dogs - and most likely even some street music do dine by.
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Old Apr 21st, 2004, 04:08 AM
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Because it's so FRENCH!

I was talking about the issue of "national personality" with a German friend this morning on MSN Messenger -- with each comes good and bad -- that are explicable in terms of history, language and culture -- especially FOOD [not to mention wine ]

Paris can be so many things including diry, noisy and annoying & aloof -- but then it can also be a flirty, passionate place -- I realized how "French" I had become when, on my last trip, I was defending the French quirks on manners and food to some friends traveling with me

I can't explain it. I just know I am at home in Paris -- I accept and understand the bumps as they are part of a centuries long history of believing that life should have a certain quality and pace.
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Old Apr 21st, 2004, 04:11 AM
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I feel so alive in Paris. There is such beauty everywhere -- the architecture, the bridges, the river, the art, the food & wine, the women who seem to make the simplest outfit look glamorous, even the dogs seem more beautiful in Paris...

My first trip was in December of 97. My husband and I had both lost our jobs that fall. We had a free flight to Europe that expired after December, but only enough money for one night in our hotel. We were only in the city for 24 hours, but it was one of the best days of my life. We took a quick nap & shower the morning we arrived, then walked around the city all day, stopping now and then to enjoy a cafe au lait or a glass of wine (our first introduction to Beaujolais Nouveau.) We did manage to buy a few postcards (our meager souveniers) which I framed & still treasure, and some delicious chocolates.

The city was absolutely stunning with the Christmas decor and lights. We ended up at the Eiffel Tower that evening, then enjoyed a late night dinner of cassoulet at a nearby bistro. We were both so sad to leave the next day, and several friends thought we were nuts to go at all due to the short stay. But I wouldn't trade this day for anything.

Even broke, the city was a magical place. I have returned once more since (without the money worries, luckily), and my husband travels there often on business. We both love this city and hope there many more trips for us in the future.
 
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I love Paris for all of the reasons mentioned above and for so many others. As the song says, I love Paris in the springtime (and I love Paris in the fall). Most of all I love being there, I love thinking about my last trip and planning my next trip. Nowhere else is so much fun to look forward to and I have until September to look forward.
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Thank you awbaker -- that's it! Paris makes me feel alive

I also love the preciseness and the attention to detail in all social and gustatory matters.
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