well, i fell in love with paris. i didn't really know if i would. i had plenty of friends tell me they thought parisians were stuck up, not nice, & generally did not enjoy themselves in france. quite the contrary for me. i went for the first time in 2007, and then last year for longer. i spoke the tiny bit of french i know both times (which really is small -- enough to order, read some, get the general gist of things & ask for directions) -- everyone spoke back to me in french which i took as a high compliment. & everyone was nice to us.
i love paris. the mister told me the last time we breezed through (we had a quick 8 hour stop over from berlin to london) that i smile differently when i hit the streets of paris :) i think that's lovely - to think a certain space moves me in a particular way that it's physically noticeable.
i could wax on for a long time as to why paris is special...but really, does there need to be any other reason other than to die for eclairs? (allll the food really) -- or, because their simple baguettes, for .90 euros are so incredibly yummy.... le sigh. i have my eye on 2011 to go again. hopefully, it will happen!
ps - i just watched paris the movie with juliette binoche & thought it was great. my other all time favorite is "2 days in paris" - with julie delpy. it is seriously hilarious. (oh, well, i have to mention french kiss too, love that meg & kevin)