its name, Ile-de-France is not an island. No spot
could be less insular than this province at the
heart of Europe, since archaic times a strategic
crossroads between Britain and the Mediterranean,
Germany and Spain. Home to some twenty percent
of France's inhabitants — or about fifteen
million souls — Ile-de-France is the nation's
richest, most populous and productive region.
Some might be tempted to view Paris, with its
sumptuous monuments and historic sites, as a shrine
to the glories of past kingdoms and empires. But
that is not the whole story. Paris is a high-energy
modern metropolis, a creative world capital.
|The power of an image is almost always greater than words. Thank you to stencil artist Michael Farhat for his Instagram post #PrayForParis. We all stay united to remain creative and to celebrate the good life.
Christophe Lemoine, Consul General of France in Los Angeles, honoring the victims of the November 13, 2015 attack in Paris.
Top French Restaurants in Paris
Since no one does French cuisine better than the French, it is no surprise that Paris boasts many of the world's best bistros, brasseries, cafés and restaurants in the world.
Paris Bistros on a Budget
GAYOT's rounded up the best Parisian bistros where you can dine on simple dishes such as carefully simmered soups, lamb legs and stewed apple compote for a reasonable price.
Top 10 Restaurants with a View in Paris
If you have an appreciation for delicious cuisine and beautiful scenery, then head to the City of Light. You can get the best of both worlds with GAYOT's list of the Top 10 Restaurants with a View in Paris.
Best Bistros in Paris
Known for comforting food
and warm, romantic environments, bistros
are ideal places to eat while in Paris,
the city that made them famous. Check out
GAYOT's top picks.
Grand Castle on the Water
in the shimmering waters of its moat, the
Château de Chantilly, located about
40 kilometers from Paris, looks like a fairytale
castle, almost too perfect to be true.
PARIS 72-HOUR VACATION
cosmopolitan and vibrant, Paris is the ultimate
walking city. We don't recommend gearing
up for a monument marathon including mechanical
stops at the Eiffel Tower, L'Arc de
Triomphe, Notre Dame and the Louvre. Paris
itself is the attraction, to be savored
slowly and sensuously, as even the ordinary
features of daily life are aesthetically
appealing: walking around, shopping, stopping
for a café and people watching.
is located 55 kilometers southeast of Paris.
Its opulence is awe-inspiring: the gilding
alone is worth a trip. On Friday and Saturday
nights in season, visitors can experience
the ambience of the festivities held in
1661 in honor of Louis XIV.