Like a magnet, Paris has always attracted visitors and exiles from all over the world. At the same time, it remains not so much an international city as a very French one, and a provincial one at that. Paris has its own argot, and each neighbourhood retains its peculiar character, so that the great capital is still very much a city of twenty villages. But the main attraction of the "City of lights" is, of course, its beauty.
When you speak of the ultimate European city, it must be Paris. If only for the view from the Place de la Concorde or the Tuileries towards the Arc de Triomphe or similar striking sights beside the Seine.Here is the fashion capital of the world and the center of gastronomic invention and execution. The Seine divides the city into its northern Right Bank (Rive Droite) and southern Left Bank (Rive Gauche). To really see Paris you need at least a couple of weeks. If you only have a couple of days the best thing to do is to make a bus tour of the city first, so that you get some idea of what Paris is about, and then decide which areas to concentrate on.