Paris

Paris, "City of Lights," lures more than 27 million tourists every year and is home to more than 2.1 million citizens. Not only the capital of gastronomy, Paris boasts the highest concentration of shops in France, more woodland than any other European capital, and is home to some of the world’s most revered galleries and monuments.

One of the few cities to balance a thriving business hub with an almost unrivalled quality of life, Paris is an easy city to call "home." During the summer months, its central arteries are closed off to create the Paris Plage (beach on the Seine); nightbirds will love "les nuits blanches," when restaurants, galleries, sports centers and nightclubs stay open until dawn; and music lovers can groove to a live band on almost every corner during the summer solstice "fete de la musique."

Paris’ 20 arrondissements each provide a unique flavor, from the winding cul-de-sacs and chic boutiques of the Marais in the 14th, the Marché aux Puces (Paris’ famous flea market) in the 18th, to the expansive Luxembourg gardens in the 6th, where you’ll find activities from outdoor chess, playgrounds and tennis to gallery exhibitions. Singles, couples and families will not only find Paris to be one of the most accommodating cities in Europe, but with London, Brussels and Amsterdam on its doorstep, it is also one of the most accessible.