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CDG Air France La Première Lounge

CDG Air France La Première Lounge
December 2019

Monday morning and sadly, it's time to head home.  Not much traffic this morning and we were at Terminal 2E by 10:30am, just 40 minutes after we left the apartment.   La Première passengers have a separate drop off area at Porte 14...

... where a porter greeted us...

... and escorted us with our bags to the La Première check in lounge.

We gave our passports to our Personal Assistant, who went off to check us in.

A few minutes later, she escorted us to passport control and security using private La Première lanes each step of the way. 

And tthe to the La Première Lounge.

Beautifully decorated for Christmas.

We were the only passengers in the lounge since we arrived after the wave of morning flights had departed.

 

We headed to the dining area at around 11:30am for our date with Alain Ducasse.

We both ordered our favorite coquillettes jambon-comté-truffes, aka mac n cheese.

Which looked and tasted a little different from before... with a lot more veal stock.  Still excellent but we prefer the non veal stock version at Champeaux.

For dessert, one more rum baba for the road.  :)

 

July 2019

Air France La Première Lounge Paris CDG

 

After a short ride from our arriving flight, I was at the lower level of the La Première Lounge where that security officer waived me thru without any further checks.   Up the elevator and we were in one of my favorite lounges on the planet.  And the only with an Alain Ducasse restaurant. 

Great small bar patterned after the old Plaza Athenée bar.

CEO Ben Smith was in the CDG La Première Lounge this morning, taping a 100th anniversary message. Didn't realize who he was until he started speaking... Québecois, just like me. LOL. After, he walked around the Lounge and introduced himself to each pax and thanked us individually for flying AF. Seems like a nice guy.

I headed for a shower before lunch.

 

Time for lunch...

... from Alain Ducasse.
 

I went with two of my menu favorites, the Shrimp Caesar salad...

... and my all time Alain Ducasse favorites, Coquillettes jambon/truffe noir.

OMG!

And finally, my new La Première luggage tag.

May 2017

On arrival in Paris, a La Première rep was waiting in the jet bridge as the door opened.  She escorted me down the jet bridge elevator to the tarmac level. 

To my ride today, a nice new Jaguar.

About 3 minutes later, we arrived at the lower level of the lounge, where I was waived thru security and then headed up the elevator the one of my favorite lounges anywhere.  It was reasonably crowded this morning with passengers waiting to board the mid-morning US departures including the A380 to LAX.  I did a some work and then took pics after pretty much everyone had left. 

The gorgeous replica of the old Plaza Athenée bar.

OK, now I'm getting hungry.   

Since it was mid morning, both Breakfast and Regular menus were available.

The wonderful rest of the day Alain Ducasse menu. 

I gave my order to one of the wait staff, picked up Le Figaro and headed for my private dining room.

Showtime, La Première Lounge style.

I started with delicious shrimp caesar salad and a glass of William Fèvre 1er cru Chablis.

Followed by one of my favorites dished on the planet, Alain Ducasse's signature Coquillettes jambon/truffe noir, the amazing mac and cheese pasta with comté, ham and black truffles. 

O.M.G.  To die for.  With a 2nd and 3rd glass of the Chablis and I'm in heaven.

In a noble gesture, I declined dessert.  And then changed my mind.  Decisions, decisions.

A little more work while I finished my Chablis.  The spa and rest area of the lounge.

Four and a half hours passed quickly as it was the perfect amount of time to spend in this wonderful oasis.