Paris, France: The Best Destination in the World

ParisWhat prompted American writer and journalist Ernest Hemingway to say that, “there are only two places in the world where we can live happy: at home and in Paris?”

What’s with the obsession with the place called City of Lights and Love?

The largest travel site in the world, TripAdvisor, has also released the 2018 winners of the Travelers’ Choice Awards where the best destinations in the world are awarded by millions of real travelers.

Paris tops as the Number 1 destination in the world.

According to TripAdvisor, “everyone who visits Paris for the first time probably has the same punch list of major attractions to hit: The Louvre, Notre Dame, The Eiffel Tower, etc. Just make sure you leave some time to wander the city’s grand boulevards and eat in as many cafes, bistros, and brasseries as possible. And don’t forget the shopping—whether your tastes run to Louis Vuitton or Les Puces (the flea market), you can find it here.”

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The Top 10 country destinations on the list are as follows:

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  1. Paris, France
  2. London, United Kingdom
  3. Rome, Italy
  4. Bali, Indonesia
  5. Crete, Greece
  6. Barcelona, Spain
  7. Prague, Czech Republic
  8. Marrakech, Morocco
  9. Istanbul, Turkey
  10. New York City, New York

For its rankings, USA Today cited that TripAdvisor uses “an algorithm based on the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, restaurants, and attractions in destinations worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period.”

It is also said that Paris leaves an indelible mark on the body, mind, and soul. Here’s how great minds and personalities view Paris:

  • Cities have sexes: London is a man, Paris a woman, and New York a well-adjusted transsexual. ― Angela Carter
  • When spring comes to Paris, the humbles mortal alive must feel that we dwell in Paradise – Henry Miller
  • Paris is a place where, for me, just walking down as before is like going to a movie or something. Just wandering the city is entertainment. – Wes Anderson
  • A walk about Paris will provide lesson in history, beauty and in the point of Life. – Thomas Jefferson

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If God exists, I’m sure he spends most of his time at the Musee de Louvre. – Joann Sfar

  • Paris was a universe whole and entire unto herself, hollowed and fashioned by history; so she seemed in this age of Napoleon III with her towering buildings, her massive cathedrals, her grand boulevards and ancient winding medieval streets–as vast and indestructible as nature itself. All was embraced by her, by her volatile and enchanted populace thronging the galleries, the theaters, the cafes, giving birth over and over to genius and sanctity, philosophy and war, frivolity and the finest art; so it seemed that if all the world outside her were to sink into darkness, what was fine, what was beautiful, what was essential might there still come to its finest flower. Even the majestic trees that graced and sheltered her streets were attuned to her–and the waters of the Seine, contained and beautiful as they wound through her heart; so that the earth on that spot, so shaped by blood and consciousness, had ceased to be the earth and had become Paris. ― Anne RiceInterview with the Vampire

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  • What an immense impression Paris made upon me. It is the most extraordinary place in the world. – Charles Dickens
  • I have before my eyes the twenty square miles where there have been the most thinking, writing and talking of the world. – Jean Giraudoux
  • A breath of Paris preserves the soul – Victor Hugo
  • I like The Eiffel Tower because it looks like steel and lace. ― Natalie Lloyd
  • Paris is veritable ocean. Take as many soundings in it as you will, you will never know its depth. Scour it and describe it with the greatest care you can, no matter how many or how eager its explorers may be, there will always be some unknown cavern, some flowers and pearls and monsters, something unheard of, something forgotten by the literary divers. – Honore de Balzac
  • Living in Paris was a crash course in chic. – Rebecca Romijin

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  • Being a Parisian is not about being born in Paris, it is about being reborn there – Sacha Guitry
  • That Paris exists and anyone could chose to live anywhere else in the world will always be a mystery to me! – from the movie: Midnight in Paris
  • It is said that everything about Paris has already been written, and that with the books that have been written you could build a new Eiffel Tower – Mieczystaw Koztowski
  • Paris is such a romantic place that even going to get a sandwich becomes a magic and unique moment – Kate Hudson
  • This is what you do on your very first day on Paris. You get yourself not a drizzle, but some honest-to-goodness rain, and you find yourself some really nice and drive her through the Bois de Boulogne in a taxi. The rain’s very important. That’s when Paris smells its sweetest. It’s the damp chestnut trees – Audrey Hepburn

  • Paris was all so… Parisian. I was captivated by the wonderful wrongness of it all – the unfamiliar fonts, the brand names in the supermarket, the dimensions of the bricks and paving stones. Children, really quite small children, speaking fluent French!” ― David NichollsUs
  • An artist has no home except in Paris. – Friedrich Nietzsche
  • In every rainbow in Paris, one can see a triumphal arch. — Mieczystaw Koztowski
  • When you want to explore new gastronomic frontiers, looking for creativity for new dishes, you often go to Norway, to Spain, to England, but before reaching one of these countries, it’s necessary to stop in Paris. This city is a mix of traditions and of absolute culinary knowledge. – Alessandro Borghese

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  • Paris is the city in which one loves to live. Sometimes I think this is because it is the only city in the world where you can step on a railway station – the Gare d’Orsay – and see, simultaneously, the chief enchantments: the Seine with its bridges and bookstalls, the Louvre, Notre Dame, the Tuileries Gardens, the Place de la Concorde, the beginning of the Champs Elysses – nearly everything except the Luxembourg Gardens and the Palais-Royal. But what other city offers as much as you leave a train? — Margaret Anderson
  • Saving Paris is more than saving France, it’s saving the world. – Victor Hugo
  • London is a riddle, Paris is an explanation. – G.K. Chesterton
  • Add three letters to Paris and it’s paradise. – Junes Renard
  • If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then whenever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a movable feast. – Ernest Hemingway

 UNESCO

Paris is also the location of the France headquarters of UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Place de Fontenay, 15th). UNESCO in Paris was jointly designed by three architects from different countries—American Marcel Breuer, Italian Piero Nervi and Frenchman Bernard Zehrfuss. It has one of the most interesting and little-known collections of modern art in the French capital. Works by Picasso, Bazaine, Miro, Tapiès, Le Corbusier and many other artists are on display.

In its Paris coverage, eaglenews.ph featured how UNESCO changed its approach to education, incorporating even technical and vocational component, to achieve sustainable development goals.  For the link to the interview with Alexander Leicht, chief of the Section of Education for Sustainable Development of UNESCO, click here.

AFP

Agence France-Presse (AFP) is an international news agency headquartered in Paris, France. Founded in 1835, AFP is the third largest news agency in the world, after the Associated Press (AP) and Reuters.

As part of the network’s efforts to strengthen and develop its global force in news and information, representatives of Eagle Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) also visited the headquarters AFP.  Check this link for the full story.