Even though I have traveled much of the world I still have an affinity for Paris. The history, architecture, public gardens, food, neighborhoods, museums, way of life, language, art, shopping, it's all done on the highest level.
To stay in an apartment in Paris and choose your regular pastry shop, bread shop, fruit shop, wine shop, breakfast place, local park, and to take in everything the city has to offer, on a daily basis, it's intoxicating for me.
I absolutely love the language. The food is astoundingly good. The art and architecture actually bring me to tears. Their public parks are second to none. Public transportation is efficient and easy. The people are kind, yes, kind.
I can spend days visiting the myriad of museums but for me the true joy is visiting neighborhoods and looking at the buildings, the streets, the shops, the little corner gardens/greens, and seeing the daily life that happens. Each one unique and something to savor, like its food and wine.
And these are my favorite places, so far: The Louvre, Luxembourg Gardens, The Pont Des Arts bridge, The Pantheon, Musee Rodin (all I can say is "hands"), My favorite bridge in the world, the Pont Alexandre III. Le Petit and Le Grande Palais, The bird and flower market on Sundays, Notre Dame, Ile Saint Louis and Ile de la Cite, Invalides and the Musee D'Orsay.
I always need Paris!
My blog on Paris: http://www.anothergayday.blogspot.com/2008/07/paris.html