times to Paris area :
2 to 3 hours from Calais or Lille under normal driving
UK, via Calais dieppe or Le Havre
Paris Charles de Gaulle, Paris Orly
: the Paris area is
one of the French regions and is known in France as l'Ile de France. It
is the historic heartland of the French nation. It was an important
area in Roman Gaul, and was later inhabited by the Franks, the Germanic
tribe who held power over this part of France in the early Middle Ages.
The Franks gave their name to the Ile de France region, and also to the
whole country which became known as the land of the Franks, or France.
paris does not lie in the middle of the Ile de
France; to the north, one leaves the paris region quite rapidly, just
north of Charles de Gaulle airport, after which one is in Picardy. But
to the southeast and southwest, the Ile de France extends well into
fairly rural areas. South and west of Paris, the land is fairly
forested with hills and valleys. Southeast of Paris, the land is much
From throughout the Paris area, access into the capital is
fairly rapid, as there train services into the capital from all
Amont the most attractive areas in the Ile de France are the
Vallée de la Chevreuse to the west of Paris, the forest of
Fontainebleau to the south, and the Brie area in the east.