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Christmas in Paris via Delta One Suites and Air France La Première

Christmas in Paris via Delta One Suites and Air France La Première

Old Jan 4, 20, 9:09 am
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Christmas in Paris via Delta One Suites and Air France La Première

This morning, Mrs. SFO777 and I are off to Paris for Christmas week. We've rented a two bedroom apartment in the 7th and will be spending most of the week with our Denver son and daughter-in-law. Although we are flying Air France La Première home, we're on Delta today and their new Delta One Suites. Not only was timing better but the price was certainly right at only 55,000 Flying Blue miles each. I dropped Mrs. SFO777 off at Terminal 2 while I parked our car in the T4 garage, as we would be arriving back at the Bradley Terminal. The zoo that is LAX...



Twenty minutes later, I'm back in T2 to pick up Mrs. SFO777 at the Delta One check-in lounge.







Surprisingly, we were escorted from the Delta One check-in lounge to the PreCheck entrance. There was no one at the PreCheck line and we were at Gate 21A (aka the bus gate) a couple minutes later. The TBIT bus departed as soon as we boarded.















Los Angeles LAX to Paris CDG
Delta DL 118
777-200ER
12:20p-8:00a +1
December 22, 2019
Delta One Suites 3A and 4A






Business Class was invited to board after the usual handicapped, families with small children and those needing extra time.



The new Delta One closed door suites.





Mrs. SFO777's suite 3A...



... and my Suite 4A.



OK so it's not First Class, but for Business Class, it's a very nice product.

















Today's menu...





With lots of pleasant and normal (compared to AA) sounding menu items.



















Once in the air, our excellent cabin crew started 10 hours of terrific service. What a difference from American and such a pleasure to interact with genuinly friendly, service oriented staff who seem to love their jobs and airline.





The starter tray with onion soup, proscuitto with mozzarella and caesar salad.







Mrs. SFO777 enjoyed the vegan Baked Rigatoni option, with mushroom bolognese and Parmesan cheese.



My Marinara Braised Meatballs were delicious, with tomato, garlic bread and Gioia ricotta.





My cheese plate and a glass of port.



Limited snack basket station in the galley area at the front of the cabin.





Neither Mrs. SFO777 or I slept much as we both thought the bed, without any mattress, was just not very comfortable. I did manage three hours of so-so airplane sleep and then took the breakfast tray mostly for the photo op.







We landed early but then taxied forever around rainy CDG...



... to a lovely remote tarmac position. Ugh.



Where we waited 10 minutes for the stair truck driver to show up. And when he did, he chose the uncovered stairs instead of the adjacent covered stairs. OK, we are not in La Première today.





Our packed to the gills bus to the terminal. Fortunately, we were one of the first ones on the bus and snagged two seats at the back of the bus.





The Priority lane was manned and we saved a lot of time bypassing the masses... for now.







Since it was Christmas, we checked a bag but it came off the carousel pretty quickly. And then there was the ordeal of trying to exit customs with a lot of brain dead zombie travelers who just stood there with the luggage blocking the way for anyone that wanted to get out. We eventually escaped, found our driver and were on our way.

Bottom line. Delta One is an excellent Business Class product with the best and most consistent service of the US3. At the right price, I would definitely fly them again. Then there is Mrs. SFO777, who was not as kind. After starting off the day by commenting how friendly all the Delta employees were and noting that she was happy to be flying nonstop Business instead of First Class via Frankfurt, Mrs. SFO777 had done a complete 180 just 10 hours later. She was now adamant that "I never want to fly this Delta plane again" and "I'd rather fly First Class and connect in Frankfurt". LOL. That's the princess I know and love.

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Old Jan 4, 20, 9:11 am
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After this morning, the forecast looked good and indeed weather the entire week was about as good as you can expect for late December.



Despite the Metro strike and it being a Monday morning, the drive from the airport to our apartment was less than an hour.





And as if on cue, the sun came out as we crossed the Pont de l'Alma.



Our home for the next week... on avenue de la Bourbonnais. Despite lots of research, finding a full two (king) bedroom, two bath spacious apartment in a nice area at a reasonable price was a challenge. We finally settled on an 1,500 sq. ft. in the 7th from parisforrent.com.





With elevator...



.. albeit a very tiny elevator with a 3 person, 225kg capacity.



Our modern apartment on the 7th floor of an 8 story building.

















And a full on Eiffel Tower view.











Our master suite, pics from parisforrent.com.







Bedroom 2.









After a couple hour nap, I headed out for water and other basic food supplies. There was a convenient Franprix at the corner of our block. Then towards rue St-Dominique for wine, cheese and fruit.









Our wine store for the week...






And wonderful fromagerie.







Then past our restaurant for tonight.







The kids arrived around 3pm and promptly went for nap-time. A little later, time for some wine and cheese with baguettes.




The view from our apartment with the top of the hour light show...



Just before 8pm, we headed for dinner at nearby Au Bon Accueil, a three minute walk from the apartment.











My paté. Delicious.











My first Rum Baba of the week... delicious.



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Old Jan 4, 20, 9:44 am
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Happy New Year, SFO777 ! Feels like we've been long overdue for another TR. Looking forward to following along.
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OMG - the food! Amazing food. Have a summer trip booked to Paris in July and going to try some of your places.
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Looking forward to this! That was the same weather we had when we were in Paris for Christmas last year.

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Happy new year! Missed your Trip reports
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Excellent report as usual, SFO777. It looks like you had an amazing trip to Paris - and gave me lots of ideas for when we might go there sometime! I've been through CDG a few times, but not been inside the city for a while.

My wife and I flew to Vienna through CDG with Delta in Delta One back in November, and really enjoyed our flight with them a lot. I'm planning on writing a report here soon actually of that flight. You captured it; the staff is what makes it. Our flight attendant serving us was awesome, and made us feel so welcome on board. The food was very good as well too.

Looking forward to your return flight!

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Cheese, foie gras, and more cheese

Great TR as always
How many kilos did you gain during that trip ?
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I was just thinking the other day we need a SFO777 trip report. I love the apt in Paris. The Eiffel Tower view is incredible. Can I ask what that item hanging in the living room area? It looks like a stone relic of some sort. It goes well with the decor. It just caught my eye.
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Old Jan 4, 20, 6:57 pm
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Originally Posted by theshaun View Post
Happy New Year, SFO777 ! Feels like we've been long overdue for another TR. Looking forward to following along.
Thanks very much theshaun.

Originally Posted by canuckshark View Post
OMG - the food! Amazing food. Have a summer trip booked to Paris in July and going to try some of your places.
Thank you canuckshark. The food all week was wonderful.

Originally Posted by wakesetter93 View Post
Looking forward to this! That was the same weather we had when we were in Paris for Christmas last year.
Thanks so much wakesetter93. We really lucked out as it had rained most of the previous three weeks before we arrived.

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Happy new year! Missed your Trip reports
Thanks ctrlf and Happy New Year to you.

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Excellent report as usual, SFO777. It looks like you had an amazing trip to Paris - and gave me lots of ideas for when we might go there sometime! I've been through CDG a few times, but not been inside the city for a while. My wife and I flew to Vienna through CDG with Delta in Delta One back in November, and really enjoyed our flight with them a lot. I'm planning on writing a report here soon actually of that flight. You captured it; the staff is what makes it. Our flight attendant serving us was awesome, and made us feel so welcome on board. The food was very good as well too. Looking forward to your return flight! Matthew
Thank very much Matthew. By all means, spend time in Paris. It is our favorite city in the world.

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Great TR as always. How many kilos did you gain during that trip ?
Thanks zip10001. Good question about weight. I just assumed that I had gained 6-7 lbs... but was shocked that it was only 2.5 lbs. And since we've sworn off booze and dessert in the four days we've home, I've already lost 4 lbs. Go figure.

Originally Posted by HawaiiTrvlr View Post
I was just thinking the other day we need a SFO777 trip report. I love the apt in Paris. The Eiffel Tower view is incredible. Can I ask what that item hanging in the living room area? It looks like a stone relic of some sort. It goes well with the decor. It just caught my eye.
Thanks so much HawaiiTrvlr. If you're referring to the cream color thing on the wall, it's an abstract oil painting. When we first walked in and took a quick look, for a moment I thought it was a unfinished wall.
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Happy New Year! I always enjoy your trip reports. I've never been to Versailles in the winter so enjoyed those pictures of the gardens, and I wrote down some of the restaurants in Paris as I will be there in July. Keep travelling and writing.
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Your reports always make me envious. I appreciate the link to the site where you booked your apartment. Can you share your methodology for picking this particular apartment? I think I can figure out the one you selected from their list... just wondered what the process was, what came in second and third etc. We travel with my brother and sister in law quite a bit so a 2 BR apartment is appealing.
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Happy New Year! I always enjoy your trip reports. I've never been to Versailles in the winter so enjoyed those pictures of the gardens, and I wrote down some of the restaurants in Paris as I will be there in July. Keep travelling and writing.
Happy New Year HawaiiFlyerDC8 and thank you for your kind comments. We really lucked out on the weather at Versailles. It wouldn't have been nearly as pleasant if it was cloudy and/rainy.

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Your reports always make me envious. I appreciate the link to the site where you booked your apartment. Can you share your methodology for picking this particular apartment? I think I can figure out the one you selected from their list... just wondered what the process was, what came in second and third etc. We travel with my brother and sister in law quite a bit so a 2 BR apartment is appealing.
Thanks so much xooz. Here is the link for that apartment... https://parisluxuryrentals.com/prope...ower-District/
Although the agency we worked with, responded to our inquiry and managed the reservation was parisforrent.com
I researched a few sites but wound up concentrating on parisperfect.com and parisluxuryrentals.com. We had used parisperfect.com before but not parisluxuryrentals.com. In the end it was easy. This was the only apartment in the 7th that had two full king bedrooms and two full ensuite baths. There are lots of 2 bedrooms with one king but the second bedroom is usually too small and/or no bath. We booked last April so didn't have to look for a second or third choice. If it was just the two of us, we would have booked something smaller and had a lot more options.
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Old Jan 4, 20, 11:22 pm
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A great getaway to the French capital, SFO777.

Love all the tasty food, with everything from the le Champeaux Burger with foie gras to the La Truffe Noire Spaghetti.

Never realised there was a Michelin-starred restaurant up the Eiffel Tower, although not sure if it earned the SFO777 seal of approval though.
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Happy belated New Years, and many thanks again for a great TR.
Looking forward to more trips that you share with us in 2020.
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