Paris is a city of two halves. Not just geographically (the River Seine divides the city into the Left Bank and Right Bank), but also metaphorically. It is a major global city, home to over 12 million people, yet it retains a traditional, often village-y, feel.
Stroll down the Champs-Elysees, past luxury stores like Louis Vuitton and Hugo Boss (this is the fashion capital of the world, after all), and admire the magnificent Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Louvre. Then there are the winding streets and windmill of Montmartre, the verdant parks of the Latin Quarter, and the serenity of Canal St-Martin, lined with artists’ studios and boho-chic boutiques.
Add to all this the fact that Paris has more than 10,000 cafes and restaurants, ranging from low-key brasseries serving lip-smacking crepes to Michelin-star temples of haute cuisine, and it's easy to see why Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world.