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Despite 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.

 #PrayForParis artwork by Michael Farhat of Art Mobb

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.

The dining room at Le Cinq in Paris, France

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.

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L'Auberge D'chez Eux in Paris does a great blanquette de veau

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.

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The outdoor dining area at Le Domaine de la Corniche in Rolleboise, France

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.

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Allard is one of GAYOT's Top 10 Bistros in Paris

10 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.

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Château de Chantilly in France

A Grand Castle on the Water
Reflected 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.

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The Seine waterfront and Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

Chic, 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.

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The Vaux-le-Vicomte in France

The Lost Château of Nicolas Fouquet
Vaux-le-Vicomte 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.

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