There will always be Paris, primarily because it fulfils a particular human craving for the magnificent and graceful. It completes a dream for the ultimate in artistic expression, as well as harbours and encourages new ideologies. It’s the universal stage of fine performance, the subject of bards, the heart of romance.
There had to be a Paris. There had to be a place of balmy summers, of flowers bursting in colourful gardens and around arched bridges. It had to have a history that was vibrant with passions and filled with fierce loyalties, because this is the common denominator of all powerful histories.
Paris is a natural crossroads of the world. Its origins date back to the third century BCE, as a trading post for the Celtic Parisii tribe. The imprints of great civilisations, of cultures and peoples rising to power and falling into obscurity have been left by the Romans, the Goths and the Franks. Warring factions eventually gave way to treaties, treaties to new und