Prologue:Sorry some pictures are below average as my phone took a bath the day before.
I am not a very frequent First traveller as for me the product is a little bit over-rated with small hard product difference with J (buy me some caviar is cheaper!) andI am not a m'as-tu-vu.
5 years ago I flew AF first CDG/SIN/CDG with AF and more than disapointed (my benchmark being QR) and the post flight gestion was very poor(thanks for your return,we will transfer to our teams).
I thought "it's my last LA PREMIERE" but, Thomas persuades me to join him on this JNB CDG OTP trip.
I post this report for "information" juge with your eyes, you may agree or desagree but please no war.
Our flight was due at 18.50 PM. At 10 AM as I was in the veld I received a voice mail "flight delayed tomorrow 05.30 AM (gosh). No contact number No possibilty to act on internet or the app... When I arrived in JNB at 2 PM I discover the messageand try to phone at "ligne La Premiere" they hadno proposal: - they denied the assistance due with EU261/2004 - they refused any rebooking through KL Skyteam or other companies - the only choice was fly this one or cancel ! I asked as my short stay was allready paid before leaving Europe: "I am very short have only few cash in my pocket do I need to sleep in the terminal ? They don't say yes but they don't say no. We booked a room (about 350 US) and went to the terminal when the original check-in was due. The team in Jo'burg was very helply and friendly thumbs-up! They told us we booked our rooms (as we were allready installed we stay in a twin room config) andaccompanied us to the hotel for canceling (I hope!) the paiement. Night was very short Thomas woke me at 2AM !
I had my boarding pass since yesterday thomas who was thinging to fly later no.
The escort arrived after some minutes she is very interested by Thomas but think I am a kind of parasite.
A"day after" atmosphere
Escalator offwe arrive to the lounge by an elevator "behind the scene"
We are fastly guided to our F fish bocal so fast tham I took blury pics.
Nothing to shoot about
For danishes yogurts or water go to the J section
One hour before take off we go to the gate.
F-GSQI "Rambouillet" had a "serious incident" at MEX in 07/21
Another time someone is "hurry up man"
Since my last trip the only changeI notice isthe color
Welcome drink: room temperature (or more) Pommery cuvée Loiuse 2004 (I believe) Champagne.
Officialy they told us: due to a mistake we don't have the good menu... Strangely enough asthe wine are often the same they did not even gave it for the beverages... I start to be suspicious. Starters: - Carpaccio de boeuf au caviar d'aubergine - Rillettes Homard Crabe Mains: - Pièce de boeuf purée de petits pois grattin de pommes de terre - Filet de volaille vermicelle et légumes - Saumon riz légumes - Tortelini épinards
Breakfast: -Oeuf poché bacon pomme de terre - Toast façon pain perdu sirop de fruits rouges crème anglaise
So luxurious !
Thomas will have his lunch
And I take my breakfast
Not so fancy
Amuse-bouche bit weird
The kick on the right side is intriguing
the butter is melting in fact
Very generous with custard and coulis. They are late to give my double expresso so late that it is quite cold late also for the danishes and breads (not crusty at all).
Biphasic custard and tiny portion
I dont believe spoiling saying Thomas also isnot happy with the meal
This time thesemi-melted butter cooled (but keep the caracteristic aspect)
Le Condrieu est très bon
Amuse bouche nothing to remember home
Carpacio (it was smoked meat in fact one slice) aticochokes zucchini and eggplant caviar
Salad the smoked salmon was a disaster
Meanwhile Hoggar (far) and Tassili (near)
The main. Poultry: I suppose it was duck but more an old game duck as it was chewy and hard. Curious thomas had the same sauce on his beef.
Illizi airport (Alg)
Cheese Take a lookay the one at noon position the mold is developing on the crust. The conté had on the other side not the whole crust but part of it
Desert they were presented on aplate I choose the one that looked less injured by decongelation
Coffee (lukewarm) chocolate and Pommery. Remark no ice-creamsoffer
Arriving in France near Marseilles. Here La Ciotat
Great Rhône and Martigues
Villefranche sur Saone
Somewher on this picture my home.
Nogent sur Seine NPP
Clockwise from middle left: Luxembourg Montparnasse tower Invalides Grand Palais Louvre.
Eiffel tower and palais de Chaillot.
Some views of our too short stay in salon "La première" in CDG
========== O R Tambo International Arpt (JNB) - ==========
========== SLOW Lounge International ==========
========== Air France - Airline ==========
========== Paris Charles De Gaulle (CDG) - ==========
I don't post this report for any controversy, I just describe what I saw and my feelings so please don't fire me.