LÎle-de-France The original name of this area was Pays de France. – Pays evolved to mean nation – Change to île around 1387 Lîle-de-France can be viewed as an island delimited by the Oise, Seine, Marne, and Ourcq rivers.
Paris was originally a small fishing village prone to flooding. The Romans invaded and controlled this area in 52 B.C. Romans named the city Lutecia which means marshy place. Paris is about 41 square miles big. (New York City is 321 miles in size; Cincinnati is 79.6 miles in size.)
La Tour Eiffel The Eiffel Tower was built for the International Exhibition of Paris of 1889 commemorating the centenary of the French Revolution.
At 300 metres (320.75m including antenna), and 7000 tons, it was the world's tallest building until 1930.
La Tour Eiffel was almost torn down in 1909, but was saved because of its antenna - used for telegraphy at that time.
Kings Island Our Eiffel Tower is only one third of the size of the original Tour Eiffel in Paris
Paris – Ile de la Cité is known as the cradle of Paris.
The construction began in 1163 when Louis VII was king of France. The towers were completed around 1245, and the cathedral was completed around 1345. Notre Dame de Paris was among the first buildings in the world to use the flying buttress, the arched exterior supports.
Notre Dame de Paris The setting of The Hunch Back of Notre Dame, Victor Hugo
Paris – la Seine The second longest river in France, the Seine divides Paris into the left and right banks.
Fontainebleau is renowned for its large and scenic forests and was once the favorite hunting spot for French nobles. Located only 34 miles from Paris, Fontainebleau is now a favorite week-end trip for Parisians and tourists.