Everywhere I went in Europe, people slammed Paris. But I adored it. I didn't have much time, so I squeezed Versailles, the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, etc., into a couple days. Maybe I didn't spend enough time to dislike it? Anyway, I found the people friendly (and English-friendly, luckily), the city beautiful, and the atmosphere lovely.
Insider Tip:Go see the Eiffel Tower at night. From 10pm on, it sparkles every half hour or so. Get to the Arc de Triomphe before it closes, watch the sunset over Paris and the Eiffel Tower, then walk to the tower to see it lit up.
EU students get in EVERYWHERE for free... And Notre Dame is free for all.