The charm of Paris radiates from its countless squares, from the well known and grand, such as the Place de la Concorde or the Étoile, to the more picturesque and romantic, like the Place du Tertre in the lively neighborhood of Montmartre . City squares, places of rendez-vous ans exchanges, are the symbol of princes' political ambitions as wellas popular demands of a certain era. Whether it be the luxurious, such as the Place Vendôme where Paris's greatest jewellers can be found, or it turns towards universalism, such as Place du Trocadéro, opening up the pavements to human rights, Paris's squares testify to intense cultural activity. They are also often the setting for major historical events, capable of capturing the imagination of the people beyond the borders, such as the famous Place de la Bastille. But it's also often in the most modest squares where the true art of the French way of life is portrayed, on a terrace by a café or sitting by a fountain.