Born to Shop: Charles de Gaulle, Paris
By Suzy Gershman
All of Gaul may be divided into three parts, but the shopping at CDG's
newish Terminal E has a lot more parts to it. And a lot more fun than
Terminal E may be ten years old — I lose track
of these things, but since I moved to Paris ten years ago and remember
it opening..and closing after a portion of the ceiling fell in…then I
think of it as 'new'. CDG is not one of my favorite airports and I have
horrible memories of actually crying when lost in one of its pods, but
nonetheless, my flight out of Paris was fun once I got past the luggage
requirements and code-share mix-ups and into the shopping zone.
from being a light and pleasant-to-be-in space, Terminal E has the
usual suspects you would expect in any airport shop, along with duty
free stores…but there are also several unique shopping ops: a gourmet
grocery store and a French style department store devoted to gifts and
small items, many of them for home and table top.
I was amazed
to find a Jean Vier boutique within the boutique. Jean Vier is a Basque
linen company that makes a stylish twist on the traditional striped
fabrics from the region. Usually just in natural linen with red or
green stripes, Jean Vier's linens have a rainbow worth of brights.
There are no bargains, but the look is stunning and not easily
duplicated in the U.S. — or Paris, for that matter.
Visit Born to Shop.