Since I grew up in the center of Paris & have spent practically my whole life in Europe, I decided to share my interests and opinion on the best villages, landmarks and scenic places to visit in France, especially the capital: the lovely and magical city of Paris. For centuries Paris has been one of the world’s most important and attractive cities. It is appreciated for the opportunities it offers for business and commerce, for study, for culture, and for entertainment; its gastronomy, haute couture, painting, literature, and intellectual community especially enjoy an enviable reputation. It was named the city of light during the Enlightenment, "La Ville de la Lumiere". This remains appropriate, for Paris has retained its importance as a center for education and intellectual pursuits.