The great CDG airport not in Paris!

This is a question hard to convince as for most visitors folks tend to say the airport of Paris and the officials name it that way. However, as my dear late wife Martine (9 years) and I as recently as November 2019 worked in it, we know better.  There are about 10 towns that are within the territory of the Charles de Gaulle aiport and none is Paris! I like to tell you for the credit not before in my blog, the towns we were based as part of the great CDG ; these are Roissy en France and Tremblay en France!! I was last in Tremblay en France dept 93 of Seine Saint Denis and the region of Ïle de France! However, my wife worked in Roissy en France, dept 95 of Val d’Oise , same region…!

Me, while there was put up for free at the Holiday Inn by Terminal 1 and did my shopping and eating at the Aeroville shopping center, and its super and really enjoyed the Big Ben pub there  company paid!. I have also venture into Paris Nord II shopping center too a huge spread out place. I was setup in charge of the EMEA zone Finance with all the trimming including a Europcar VW Tiguan car!  And of course so close to Paris went there almost every night and had dinners with old friends!! nice indeed! 

tremblay wfs my office nov19



tremblay hi-resto-dining-room nov19

I like to condense as much as possible a bit info on the towns of Roissy en France and Tremblay en France next. My sightseeing were strickly to Paris (see posts), so here is town info for perhaps future trips. Hope you enjoy it as I!

The town of Roissy-en-France is located in the Val-d’Oise department 95 in the Île-de-France region. This town was made world famous in 1974 during the establishment of the international airport which bears its nickname and occupies part of its territory Roissy CDG, it is 25 km from Paris.  Roissy-en-France is located at the heart of an impressive road network whose development is closely linked to Charles-de-Gaulle airport (see posts). The territory of the town is crossed in its center by the Autoroute du Nord or A1, and bypassed to the north by the Francilienne (roads N184, N104, A104,.) It is tangent to the N17 road. The LGV North (high-speed line) cuts throught the town. However, there is no train station in the Roissy for short. Buses connect the town to the Roissypôle (see post) bus station located about 2 km from the center of the town, in front of Charles-de-Gaulle Airport T1 station and near terminal 3, accessible only on foot, Roissypôle is linked to terminals 1 and 2 by the automatic and free CDGVAL metro/subway/tube people mover.(see posts).


The history of the town during the great invasions and the Merovingian and Carolingian eras remains obscure, only a few names of neighboring localities are cited in rare writings. It was not until the 12C that the current network of villages in the country of France appeared. The town is mentioned for the first time in 1174 in an act relating to a donation by Matthieu de Roissy, the first known lord, to the Saint-Victor Abbey in Marseille, Roissy was set up as an independent municipality in 1790, The town was liberated on Wednesday August 30, 1944 by American troops,

At the end of the 1950s, the managers of Aéroports de Paris rightly predicted a considerable expansion of air traffic and the rapid saturation of the Le Bourget and Orly platforms. On March 13, 1974, after years of work, the town saw the inauguration and commissioning of Charles-de-Gaulle airport , this is its baptismal name, the largest in Europe in terms of surface area. There is a huge shopping center I like here (see above) call “Aéroville”, this giant 84,000 m² shopping center was opened on October 16, 2013. There are 10 bus lines reaching the center from Charles de Gaulle Airport 1 T1 station.

The things to see here are the Saint-Éloi Church, avenue Charles-de-Gaulle, the 16C church is dedicated to the Bishop of Noyon and advisor to King Dagobert, who died in 659.The church was built around 1560, The remains of the Château de Caramans, at the parc de la Mairie, allée du Verger, Of the classic-style castle destroyed in 1794 in the context of the French revolution, only the eastern wall and the south door of the orangery remain, Also,of course, the Charles-de-Gaulle Airport with a total area of ​​3,500 ha, of which 800 are in the town of Roissy en France, but its surface is actually built on the territory of six towns !!.

The city of Roissy en France on its heritage

The city of Tremblay-en-France is located in the Seine-Saint-Denis department 93, in the Île-de-France region,and only 25 km from Paris as well. The city is mainly accessible by the A104 Francilienne road, the N3, and the D 115 or Route des Petits Ponts ; and the Vert-Galant RER B train station, with a direct connection from the Gare du Nord in Paris. The Charles-de-Gaulle airport has part of its territory in the town of Tremblay-en-France. The town has three RER B stations and a TGV station.

Tremblay en france cdg-control-tower-from hotel nov19

It entered the possessions of the powerful Abbey of Saint-Denis in 834 following a donation from Louis le Pieux. Father Suger built a castle there and freed the inhabitants. Located away from the main axes, most of the events of history hardly reached it until the French revolution. The first important development was the construction of the Ourcq canal, decided by Napoleon I, which then made it easier for the peasants to sell their products in Paris. In 1870 and 1871, during the Franco-Prussian war,in the siege of Paris, the headquarters of the 13th Prussian corps was installed at Vert-Galant and that of the Prince of Saxony was installed at Tremblay. In 1974,the Charles-de-Gaulle airport was inaugurated, which extends to the far north of the town.

Things to see in Temblay for short are : The Saint-Médard Church built from 1543 but restored several times in succession. In particular, the facade and the first spans were rebuilt in 1785 , The grange dîmière or barn at 9, place de la Mairie, in Aux Vieux Pays district is attached to the town’s church and was fortified in the Middle Ages. It was the seat of the chatellenie of the town. It was built in the t13C and was successively restored in the 15-16C; it has a beautiful oak frame with a height of 18 meters. The well, to the left of the barn, dates back to the 15C and succeeds that built by Father Suger.

The city of Tremblay en France on its heritage

Unfortunaly, visitors tend to take the bus or RER B train into Paris and many times have friends or family call me saying we arrive in Paris!! at the airport, and sadly have to tell them noo you are not yet in Paris lol! sorry needed that. It’s a pity renting a car will allow to see these towns so linked to the Charles de Gaulle Airport! Try it and let me know the outcome ok.

The official Aéroports de Paris on the CDG

There you go folks, another dandy really off the beaten path post for you and I. Stay tune be good, thanks for reading me all these years and hopefully many more to share as some already mentioned, thank you! And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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4 Comments to “The great CDG airport not in Paris!”

  1. You can’t beat a freebie!

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