Brunoy, France…A Charming Stay Outside Paris

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Je suis sous le charme…I am under the charm.

 

I fell under the charm of Brunoy (pronounced Broon-wah), a community southeast of Paris, France. It has a long history of residences and the town developed during the Gallo-Roman era.

We reunited with part of our family for Christmas and spent a week in this lovely, mainly residential burb, about a forty minute train ride outside of Paris. We rented a lovely house about a ten minute walk from the train station. We were six adults and three children ages two, two, and one.  Yeah, I know what you are thinking…

Immediately we fell in love with the house and the surrounding neighborhood.

Our walks into the town center and the train station were very pleasant (or as pleasant as could be with three toddlers). We ate a few meals in Brunoy restaurants and we took “take away” meals back to our house.  Mainly it was our haven from the busyness and a respite from our days spent in Paris.

My wife and I had been to Paris last year and you can read about that trip in previous blogs here. However, here in Brunoy, I had the pleasure of experiencing a French community with genuine hospitality and friendliness.  The shop owners and workers were so nice and I felt they went out of their way to help us when we needed it.

So if you have the opportunity to stay in Brunoy and visit Paris, I highly recommend it.  The prices in Brunoy are cheaper than Paris, the food is good, the people are friendly, and it is an easy train ride into the city center.  We caught the RER D and rode it to Gare de Lyon and made easy connections from there.  The only issue we encountered was two strollers and many stairs.  But we had six adults and on one occasion a very helpful Brunoyen to help out the ladies when the men left them after a very rare miscommunication.

The following are photos of this charming town.

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A street in Brunoy with Christmas lights.

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This is the front of our rental house from Airbnb.  It was an excellent place to stay.

 

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Saint-Medard cathedral. Parts of this building has remains from the 12th century.

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Sidewalk on Avenue du President Kennedy.

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A skating rink in place for Christmas in front of the city building in the town center.

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This was our favorite restaurant in Brunoy.

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Eating in Brunoy, France

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In a cookie cutter world, be a macaron…

 

If you are staying in Brunoy, France for any amount of time, don’t worry…you will find good quality food.

We stayed in this small community, outside of Paris for a week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.  The only time we were limited was on New Year’s Eve.  Since it was on a Monday, a lot of the restaurants were closed as is customary in the Paris area.  However, all of the bakeries and cheese shops were open.

This writing is just about the eating in Brunoy.

Now we had three small children, ages two, two, and one.  As you can imagine, sometimes eating was a challenge and most of our meals were carry out, or as they say in Europe, “take away”.

So here we go…

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My first purchase was a baguette baked with cheese and sun-dried tomatoes.  Good start to the day as we made our way to the train station to go into Paris.

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Our best meal in Brunoy was at La Rotisserie, a classic French restaurant.

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Our first course at La Rotisserie was a truffle-stuffed ravioli with a white sauce and drizzled with a balsamic reduction.  This could have been the meal.  It was so good and rich. However, there was more food to eat, as seen below.

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At La Rotisserie, I had a duck confit with green beans.  This was a really good dish but not my favorite of the night.

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My wife had the best tasting dish at La Rotisserie, duck breast with raspberry sauce.  This may have been the best thing I tasted all week.

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Our mornings usually started with someone doing the eight-minute walk into the town center and getting fresh breads, pastries, and cheeses.  All of these boulangeries (bakeries) and patisseries (pastry shops) make their breads and pastries fresh.

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Almond croissants, chocolate au pains, round loaf of bread, baguette, and a ham and cheese baked bread, all bought from the local shops.

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We had good Mediterranean food from Chez Dada.

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We took home Thai food from Chez Lin.  While waiting for our food, they brought us some assorted pickled vegetables of radishes, carrots, and cucumbers.  A nice touch.  I loved the shrimp in a red curry sauce.

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This was one of my favorite stops in Brunoy. Nice and friendly with tasty breads and pastries.

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We visited here often also.  We found some nice chocolate treats.

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I loved stopping in this cheese shop.  The people were so friendly. When I couldn’t find the restaurant where I was meeting my family, one of the employers walked me to the restaurant.

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When I had a chance for a little Big Surf Daddy time, I ducked in for a cafe au lait and a chocolate au pain at the Tabac across from the train station.  This appeared to be local gathering spot for the men of the town.  I also got some cigars here to smoke one night.

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We had excellent sushi from Okayama.

 

The following are just some of the displays in Brunoy.

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I don’t even know where this salmon slider came from but it was so good.

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A very good wine shop.

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We ordered take out from Restaurant Tajmahal.  We had butter chicken, rice, curry vegetables, stuffed bread, and lentils.  All were delicious.

On New Year’s Eve, the only restaurant we could find that was open was Lotus Bleu. It was a good find because it was so tasty.

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For New Year’s Eve, I stopped for some wine, bread, and cheese.

The macarons above are from Delices et Gourmandises in Brunoy.

As I said earlier, if you find yourself in Brunoy, France as we did, there is a really good selection of good food choices.  We had French, Mediterranean, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, and Indian.  One night we also ordered pizza and guess what?…it was good, too.

This doesn’t even include what we ate in Paris.  That will be a later blog.  Right now I am trying to get my digestive tract to accept southern food from the USA.  Au revoir.