If you happen to be in Paris and need to stay by the airport for whatever reason, make sure you check out the cute little village they have. In October I stayed at the Marriot Charles de Gaulle Airport hotel for a conference I was organising (Aero Engines Europe) and I absolutely loved it!
I make it no secret that I am not the biggest fan of Paris, which is purely down to the awful experience I had when I went in April 2014 to see Justin Timberlake in concert. After the hotel drama, terrible concert seats and twisting my ankle on the way to the airport, we decided that we hated the city of love. However, in hindsight Paris is not to blame for any of the things we went through during our trip so I brushed off my prejudice and opened my mind up for enjoying my trip this year.
The Marriot was lovely, with great staff and nice rooms but what really stole the show for me was the cute little Brasserie Le Village restaurant. The village is a small area near the airport with restaurants, shops, apartments and a park, which my colleagues and I decided to take a stroll through one evening after the conference. We found the Brasserie Le Village and fell in love immediately. It’s a pub-esque restaurant with tables and chairs crammed into every nook and cranny! In the summer they open out the front and you can dine overlooking the park!
I decided to try all new things for my meal so I tried the snails, duck with orange sauce and profiteroles, also known as:
Escargots façon Bourgogne
Magrets de Canard à l’orange et ses pommes Grenaille
Profiteroles au Chocolat ‘Maison
The escargots were fabulous! I really didn’t know what to expect and as I absolutely hate insects I expected the worst (lol) but they were so good! Unfortunately the profiteroles weren’t to my taste as they were smothered in dark chocolate but I can see how they would be excellent.
It’s very easy to stick to what I know, especially when I travel with work as the hotels are usually International chains which offer Western meals. My new thing of 2016 will be to make sure I eat a traditional meal in each country I go to.