Val d’Oise is characterized by its contrasted territory including two regional natural reserves with touristic assets on one hand and, on the other hand, strongly urbanized zones, such as the first continental Europe airport Paris CDG, the first business airport in Europe Paris Le Bourget, economic zones of dynamic activities with national and international aura. The department is crossed by two main roads nerves (highways): A1 in the East and A15 on the West. The first one serves Roissy-CDG airport, the second the valley of Montmorency and the urban area of Cergy-Pontoise. Located in north and northwest periphery of the Paris urban district, the Val-d'Oise really benefits from a privileged situation being at the same time the "front door" of the Parisian metropolis, but also as open space to Northern Europe (Great Britain, Belgium, and Netherlands). The department has a rich classified historical and architectural heritage, but is left aside mainly due to the huge attraction of Paris. French Vexin, the best preserved region near Paris, made up the most attractive zone for tourism: Auvers-sur-Oise, the village of the Impressionists painters (Van Gogh, Pissaro, Cézanne, Daubigny). You will find also, the castle of La Roche-Guyon which is another tourist in the borders of Normandy and Ile-de-France. In the East side, the Abbey of Royaumont, built by Saint-Louis in the XIIIth century, is the second most visited monument after the castle of Auvers. In the South, you have the castle of Écouen with its national museum of the Renaissance and the Church of Saint Acceul, several other museums and monuments are located in the department: such as the departmental archaeological museum of Val-d'Oise (Guiry-en-Vexin), the Jean-Jacques-Rousseau museum (Montmorency), or the Abbey of Maubuisson (Saint-Ouen-l'Aumône) being the most famous. Seine-et-Marne due to its geographical position, located on the TGV’s network, crossed by several highways, close to Roissy CDG airport, the tourism has solid arguments with numerous sites and good hotel accommodations, mainly due to the international site of Disneyland Paris. The department has also numerous tourist places of interest such as: Cathedral of Meaux, Castle of Fontainebleau, Castle of Vaux-le-Vicomte, Medieval city of Provins, Commanderie of the Knight Templars of Coulommiers, Moret-sur-Loing medieval city and Renaissance, Château-fort of Blandy-les-Tours - XIIIth century, re-strengthened in the XIVth century, classified as "Historic Monument" in 1889, Crypts of Jouarre, Brie- Comte-Robert and its castle, ruins of the Royal Abbey of the Lys ( Dammarie-lès-Lys), and exceptional sites of Melun, Nemours, the village of Barbizon and the Forest of Fontainebleau. Culinary world-famous cheese specialities as the Brie de Meaux , Brie de Melun , the Coulommiers and the mustard of Meaux. Picardy (Oise,Aisne,Somme) benefits from a rich littoral environment (with the estuary of the Somme), of some big forests, a network of natural reserves and protected sites was set up for the management, the renewal and protection of the biodiversity. A protected marine area, the Natural marine reserve of Picardy’s estuaries as well as Opal sea, is located in this region. Picardy has 72 parks and gardens opened to the public, three amusement parks (Parc Astérix, Sand sea, Parc Saint-Paul), five cathedrals (Beauvais, Laon, Noyon, Senlis and Soissons), more than a 100 castles (forts, revival and/or in ruins) quite a few world-famous such as: Chantilly, Compiègne, Ermenonville, Blérancourt, Château-Thierry, Villers-Cotterêts (François 1st), Vic-sur-Aisne ( donjon), Crotoy, Péronne, the beauty of villages like Gerberoy and more than 35 museums. Due to its geographical situation, it was often a ground of battlefields and the path of invasions. Both world wars of 1914-1918 and 1939-1945 left numerous prints which constitute from now on a historical heritage visited by worldwide tourists.(mostly : Australian British (14-18) , Americans, Canadians (39-45)).
Senior entrepreneurial director in worldwide airline/handler companies, I had for main missions to develop the international sales, to open new markets mainly in Western Europe and Africa and this for more than twenty five years. Spending too much time abroad, in hotels, airports, and the will of re-orientating my professional life, we have decided with my wife to create and run a restaurant in Montpellier during three years, before moving into the renovation of an old farm building in the Oise region, that we bought several years ago but never had the time to do what we wanted to do. So let’s do it now !! Once the project was ended, I found out that Leggett was looking for independent sales agents in the region of Picardy, North of Paris to sell real estate properties differently. Here I am, happy with this atypical course, no, I should say original and self-fulfillment course.
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