Paris is always a good idea.  The French capital is such a cultured, picturesque city that even its lamps are majestic. Behind this artistry, however, is a ghastly tale that explains Paris’ famous moniker, “The City of Light.” This is because, in the past, it was a famous center of education and ideas. Also, Paris was one of the first cities to adopt street lighting. In 1828, Paris started lighting the Champs-Elysées with gas lamps.