Originally Posted by StephenHero
Athens isn't actually a city. It's more of a Mediterranean landfill, which is populated by an alarming number of people who are too lazy to leave. It mostly just accumulates things that the rest of Europe has no use for.
Many people see Paris as facing a similar decline (if nothing is done to reverse certain trends), due to overcrowding and other such things that are the bane of most major cities nowadays. My point was that the label of "best" city is relative; as one who studied history at University, we have a lot to thank Athens for, moreso than Paris, and if one appreciates the history (both tangible and intangible) of a city more than other factors (as I do) then I would as much like to live in Athens as Paris. It's all relative, which is why I took issue with your statement that Paris is the best city in Europe. Obviously we all have different tastes, and I am by no means attacking yours, but I wanted to express my difference of opinion by showing the criteria I judge cities by.