Sunday, June 4, 2017

France: Bon Jour from Village Marriott ~

We write from the northeastern French countryside where we are making our home for the week in our two-story traditional townhome, surrounded by lush green meadows and golf courses.


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Nearby meadowland - France
We could almost believe we  were experiencing true rural life if it weren’t for the fact we are at ‘Village Marriott’. A few miles away – but thankfully not within sight of our ‘village’ -- is Disney’s “Ranch Davy Crockett” (595 cabins in a large wooded area) and “Parc Disneyland”, the theme park better known as Disneyland Paris.

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Street signs showing the way to our Marriott Villag

Much more appealing to us is the fact we are smack-dab between two very real French villages – Bailly-Romainvilliers and Magny Le Hongre. Each hamlet is walking distance from our doorstep and offers traditional boulangeries, cafes, grocery stores, fruit and meat markets. 

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Our home for the week

Our townhome for the week is on the left side of the building in the photo above. Our neighbors are from Dublin. Ours is one of dozens of two- and three-bedroom townhomes in the Marriott Vacation Club d’lle-de-France. It is, in other words, one of their timeshare or interval ownership properties.
Now before those skeptics among you quit reading because I’ve said those dastardly words: timeshare, let me tell you that timeshares aren’t what they used to be.

This stay, our first here, in fact is proving they really can be quite luxurious.

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Kitchen, living and dining room. French doors open to the patio and lawn.

Our main floor consists of a dining and living room, a fully quipped kitchen, a laundry room off of it, and a half bath off the entryway foyer.The stairway from the foyer leads to two bedrooms, each with its own bathroom.

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What brought us here was one of our favorite features of timeshare life: ability to trade what you own for some new place in the world.  We own at Marriott’s timeshare property at KoOlina on the west side of O’ahu, one of the islands in Hawaii.  Our units there called ‘lock off’ units meaning you can use the large size unit (think 1-bedroom condo) and lock-off the second bedroom (think oversized hotel room with wet bar, microwave and small refrigerator) and basically get a two-week stay for the price of a one-week, two-bedroom purchase.

It was one of our ‘hotel-sized room weeks we traded for this spacious townhome.

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Along our route to the lobby

Our timeshare ownership in Hawaii has allowed us to trade time for stays at Marriott Vacation Clubs in Bangkok, Thailand, Spain's Costa del Sol and Phoenix, Arizona as well as here. A highpoint of each property is the amazing landscaping  - but I think this place has raised the bar on landscaping.

Our townhome is in a section of the development called Giverny, and fans of Monet know that many of his paintings were of his Giverny home and gardens. In tribute to him they have created here a replica of them on this part of the development.

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Almost Monet's gardens

So I did the math on this stay and checking rates here for a week-long stay in June as we are doing, we’d be paying about 300-euros a night; 2,100, for the week which equates to about one year’s maintenance fees at our home resort.  The cost of the trade fee was less than $200 and we’ve still got a week left to use in ‘the big side’ of our Hawaiian timeshare. All in all a good travel deal.

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Pool area, lobby, bistro restaurant

For those considering a stay here: The resort offers a shuttle service to Disneyland and to the RER train station, about four miles away.   It is about 10 minutes to Disneyland and from the train station Paris is 50-minutes away.  A week-long train pass – Pass Navigo Semaine – allows travel on trains, metro and buses in Paris as well as this rural area for about 27 euros a person. 

That’s it from this side ‘of the pond’ this week.  I know I promised a report on our Greek road to residency but it turns out we haven’t moved any further along it than we were last week.  Perhaps extending our time in Greece until the end of June will result in a conclusion of the journey before we return to the States. .. then again, maybe not. . .

Safe travels to you all and thanks so much for the time you spent with us at 'Village Marriott'. Hope to see you back again next week!

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10 comments:

  1. The trade is a great idea and that property looks magnificent.

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  2. The road to residency seems to be a journey of fitful starts and stops along with hurry-up and waits. Luckily you have plenty of things to keep you active while you're waiting which helps what I call the "limbo period" pass by somewhat faster. Sounds like you've landed in a lovely place and it has me definitely rethinking timeshares.Have a great time!

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    1. Yes, the road to Greek residency isn't a high speed super highway - that's for sure!! We are amazed at how varied our timeshare portion of life is but it is also nice to think of returning to our house on the hill and staying more than 90 days!!

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  3. We also believe in timeshare vacations. In fact, instead of owning a home somewhere, we own two months' worth so our travels outside of the US are either on timeshare or a visit to my kids who have become citizens of other countries. I am interested in this exchange thing though to get more value out of our ownership. You got great value!!!

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  4. Hello, what a pretty place. Your timeshare seems well worth it, especially the trades. But, I would love Hawaii too. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

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  5. I am glad you are having a positive timeshare experience. I certainly have mixed feelings about the timeshare program I bought into.

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  6. I've never fancied timeshare because, as you say, it used to have a bad reputation. But it looks as if it's come a long way since then - your place at Village Marriott looks lovely and peaceful even if it isn't "real" countryside.

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  7. This place looks lovely. I love the photo of the "almost Monet gardens." This timeshare program certainly sounds like it's worked out great for you! I'm enjoying following your travels in Greece and beyond.

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  8. The place looks lovely. So nice to be able to walk to a couple of French hamlets.

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  9. I've always kept clear of the timeshare concept, but you stay has shown me I should rethink that option. Village Marriott looks lovely.

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