Is it any wonder the most remarkable minds through the ages have been drawn to Paris? Not only was the City of Light the first to illuminate its streets at night — thus the name — it has been a continual source of intellectual enlightenment given the cadre of writers, artists and fashion designers who’ve called its arrondissements, or districts, home at one time or another.

Moviemakers love Paris as a backdrop because the camera can’t get enough of the French Baroque architecture crowned with kingly mansard roofs, especially when romance is in the air. Paris' exquisite backdrop consists of the Cathédrale Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe (including a panoramic observation deck), the Palace of Versailles, La Basilique du Sacré Coeur, the Louvre Museum itself and oh yes: the Eiffel Tower.

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What lies between such grand establishments are equally as grand shopping, dining and people watching (or style watching, for that matter). Parisians are at the forefront of fashion, and their attitude is just as flashy. If you're into it, hit Franck et Fils or Colette and bring your style up a notch or three. Dine fashionably at Le Chardenoux des Prés for traditional French cuisine by celebrity chef Cyril Lignac. Top it off with a double espresso if you're feeling sleepy — Paris nightlife has got something for everyone, and you don't want to miss it. Visit Showcase for the energetic partygoers or Chez Papa Jazz Club to listen to jazz all night long. The Bar Hemingway at the Ritz is perfect for those who like it low-key and underground.