Regions of France: Il de France
Il de France region (Ile-de-France, literally – "Island France") Located in the north of the central part of France and is the most populated area of the country (18 million people). This is one of the ancient historical areas that once was the domain of the King of France and divided into our days between the metropolitan area of Il de France and Picardia. The composition of the modern administrative unit, which the French more often refer to the Parisen regime ("Paris Region") The agglomeration of Paris and its suburbs includes (almost 25% of the region occupies precisely the capital of the state).
Expressing around the capital of the Earth Department of Il de France are, perhaps, no less attractive for a tourist, since they contain a huge number of old nobility castles, parks, cathedrals and colorful small towns, each of which can offer guests something.
The business card of the region is undoubtedly, Versailles (Versailles) – the once famous royal residence, and now – a respectable suburb of Paris .
Also in the nearest district of Paris worth visiting the famous Aviation Museum www.MAE.ORG in Le Bourget (open from Thursday to Sunday, from April to September – from 10.00 to 18.00; From October to March – from 10.00 to 17.00; EUR 7), Lovely National Ceramics Museum WWW.Musee-Ceramique-Sevres.FR and Saint-Claude Park in Sevre, National Museum of Antique Art WWW.Musee-antiquitesnationals.FR in the old castle Saint-Germain, a magnificent cathedral in Saint-Deni (ST-Denis) – the burial place of many kings of France, located near the ultra-modern stadium Stade de France, as well as the famous castle Fontainebleau with his museum www.Musee-Chateau-Fontainebleau.FR and extensive park complex.
No less than these world famous monuments deserve attention to a small town Over-sur-UAZ (Auvers-sur-Oise, 35 km north-west of Paris) – Place of recent months of life Van Gogh with an excellent Museum-Museum WWW.Chateau-auvers.FR, Restaurant Maison Fournaise with a small museum of impressionism in Shatu (Chatou), famous "School of painters" – Small city Barbizon (60 km southeast of Paris) with the Auberge Du Pere Ganne Museum (formerly restaurant, in which artists of the barbizon school left their web simply as a table at the table) and belonging to Roden famous Villa Des Brillants in Famon (Meudon), in whose territory he is buried with his wife (the romantic story of their marriage has become almost legend).
Deserve attention "Capital of French equestrian sports" – town Shannty (Chantilly) with his first-class horses museum in the old castle and annual prestigious jumps, a small town Rambuya – Summer residence of the French presidents, famous for the same castle (XIV in.), a huge English park and beautiful lake; Classic Castle WWW.VAUUX-LE-VICOMTE.COM 2 km from Melena (Melun, 46 km south-east of Paris), Magnificent Cathedral Notre Dame (1194-1260.) v Chartre – Mandatory place of stopping pilgrimage in the Spanish Santiago de Compostela and the storage place of one of the shrines of Christianity – Sancta Camisia (according to legends, this is the same tunic that Virgin Mary), as well as the castle Malmone www.Chateau-Malmaison.FR with a huge park and fountains (15 km west of Paris).
A huge number of visitors traditionally attracts Evroodineland In the town of Marne La Valle (32 km from Paris) – the largest (1943 hectare) Amusement Park in Europe.
32 km north of Disneyland, in the town of Playa (Department of UAZ, 30 km north of Paris) is another popular entertainment center – Park "Asterix" www.Parcasterix.Fr. All amusement parks are dedicated to the popular heroes of French comic and cartoons about Romans and Galov – Asterix and Obelix. Also divided into thematic villages (Gallium, Antique Greece, Ancient Rome, Middle Ages and Modernity), it is almost 4 times less disneyland, but it is noticeably more closely and clearly takes into account the richest French culture. Here you can find many fantastic and historical attractions, colorful shows (including speeches of dolphins and sea seals), Circus and numerous speeches of wild and trained animals, copies of many famous historical structures of France, as well as thematic workshops of local decorative and applied fishes.
The park is open from April to October from 10.00 to 18.00. Adult entrance tickets are 32 euros, for children aged 3 to 11 years old – 23 euros, a subscription for 2 days – 60 euros for adults and 42 euros for children. For large families and group groups costs 30 euros, for families with children aged 3 to 11 years old – 21 euros.