Ile de France
This region include the capital city of France along with other departments fanning out from the Seine river and offers the best of what France has to give in terms of property, lifestyle and culture.
Paris is a beautiful city. It has everything a city lover could possibly desire and perhaps a bit more! Chic little boutiques in the back streets and huge department stores on the vast avenues and boulevards, wonderful art galleries and intimate performance spaces, superb restaurants, huge street antique and flea markets. There are elegant squares and pretty parks and the banks of the river Seine must be the most romantic waterfront anywhere in the world.
Lots of people will agree that Paris is on of Europe's most exciting cities, in my opinion it is the best, a place that has everything for the visitor. Paris on a day trip, Paris in the Spring, Paris for a week or for a lot longer, it is a city that has it all! Museums, theatres, shops, fantastic historic monuments, a beautiful riverside and much more.
The Ile de France region consists of 8 departments:
Pretty self explanatory as it has all the options you could wish for being one of the most beautiful and busiest capital cities in the world.
Train or bus from the airport into Paris: the RER train service is fast, and is the cheapest option.
If you arrive by air in Paris for a day trip, get the 1 day "Paris visite" visitor pass for zones 1-5, which includes the airports, this will give you unlimited hop-on / hop-off public transport during your day.
Always keep your ticket until your journey is finished, even if it is just a single journey ticket because you will need to put your ticket through the machine at both ends to get onto and off the platforms.
Paris is certainly an ideal place for those living in central London to have a second home, it is an easy weekend trip by Eurostar and having done this recently myself my tip would be to buy your ticket well in advance as they can be very cheap. For those used to London, Paris seems a lot smaller and much more manageable. Even though the Metro map is not as well designed as the London Underground map, the principal is the same and it is very fast, efficient, clean and believe it or not it is easy to understand and to navigate once you get to grips with it.
I mean... where do we begin? the Moulin Rouge? evenings at the opera, film club, museums, art galleries, guided tours, weekend excursions, boat rides, sports activities, gastronomic discoveries; the list is simply endless. All you have to do is enjoy a full-on French experience.
It may come as no surprise that the French property market in Paris and the surrounding is one the most dynamic and expensive in France. Central Paris prices are as you would expect and moving out from the centre the prices become more reasonable but being so close to such a vibrant capital city has to come at a premium.
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