I am not going to say much here because for Muriel and I it was all about frocks and hats. For any fashionistas attending, they must think they have died and gone to heaven.
This horse racing festival at Chantilly is the French equivalent of Royal Ascot. We should have been going with Michael but of course he was ill and could not fly. So we went in his honour. We won ( gagnet=to win) on the first race We chose the horse in honour of a friend of Muriel of the same name, Casanova I think. Came second again on another race, because it was British, and then won an each way (simple) bet on Chichita, in the big race, in honour of the ABBA song we had both been dancing around the apartment to the night before. We won the grand total of 9 euro!
Minimum bet is 2 euro.
Practical information. Trains to Chantilly, Gouvieux go from Gare du Nord and take 20 minutes. Check the times on line.
We took the 11.10h train to catch the pop concert before the races. You cannot miss the train it is full of women in hats! Get there early to get a seat as there is standing room only by the time the train leaves. Don’t forget to “compost” your ticket by putting it into the machine as you enter the platform, which will stamp the date on it. Same when you return. ( although the train was so full nobody could have checked anyway) The cost was around 36 euro return for two, although I got discount being over 60.
You can get taxis from the station, but it is a pleasant 10 minute walk through the forest. (wear or take comfortable shoes) Again follow the crowd. Entry is free for ladies with hats. 8 euro for men or hatless ladies.
Everybody takes a picnic and we took ours in a wheeled shopping bag. Choose a spot near the finish with a good view and settle down on the grass to watch the parade!Oh la la!