Hats at Longchamp horse race Qatar Prix Arc de Triomphe Paris
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Hats at Longchamp horse race Qatar Prix Arc de Triomphe ParisThis page is now in the archives.

Current 2018 race information for all the major courses: France Galop, Auteuil, Chantilly, Deauville and Saint-Cloud (place and dates) can be found on the France Galop website calendar page.

How to bet is under the title “Day at the races/ Fancy a Flutter?”. (The France Galop’s “Fancy a Flutter” page is having technical difficulties). Check now and then to see if they have reconfigured the page.

Memories of Qatar in 2010 and Betting Today
Much has changed since 2010. Instead of wandering around and wondering how to bet in 2010, now kiosks can walk me through the steps.

If you are new to betting, someone counsels you on “how to have a flutter”. In their Practical Guide to Betting, the France Galop explains betting, the odds, the paddock, how to read the card, etc.

Out of all the rainy, chilly days, Sunday October 3, 2010 could not have been a better, warmer autumn day for the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. The hats were on and the kids were in their strollers. The betting windows were busy and although I had spent eight euros on a few bets, I walked away with three euros twenty cents and felt like a winner.

The entry price has different criteria on a Sunday. If you are over 60, the entry is half price; or if you are female and wearing a hat, the entry is free.

The betting windows are 2, 10 and 20 euros. Bet for a winner and a place and it will cost you four euros. If you want to get more involved in the betting, the instructions are found in French in the free booklets decoratively stacked on tables.Hats galore at Longchamp's Hippodrome

"Workforce" is the winner of the 2010 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
“Workforce” is the winner of the 2010 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

Getting to the hippodrome was a cinch! Take the Line 1 metro to Porte Maillot. Take exit (sortie) 6 and a free bus (navette) will whisk you to the hippodrome. When it is time to leave, catch the same style bus, but the traffic will delay your arrival to the metro entrance.

Check the France Galop Web site for dates, times, and races. The English version of France Galop will send you to Mappy for directions; I suggest you visit the RATP Web site for more travel information. If a free bus is not scheduled when you plan on going to the races, take bus 244 to reach the Hippodrome.

For the Sunday race, buses leave from Porte Maillot every 10 minutes and from Porte d’Auteuil (Saturday and Sunday)
between 11 and 4. The return buses begin running at 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.


This Web site and and its blog articles are for travelers to Paris who are looking for advice from someone who lives in Paris. These tips are "for Parisians at heart". Many people would like to visit, some can and some cannot - so I will help you enjoy a glimpse of the city and its surroundings. This project has been ongoing since 2002. Prior to living in Paris (since 1992) my European history began in the early 70s with three years in Wiesbaden, Germany. My next foray onto the Continent was in the mid-80s after graduation from the University of Florida (where I met Erik): traveling around Europe and UK with my friend, Margie, hitchhiking around and working in Ireland. After living and working as a journalist in Sweden for four years, traveling on boats, the Trans-Siberian Railway, local trains and planes took Erik and I around the world. I began working as a flight attendant in 1990 for American Airlines, based in Chicago. We moved to Paris, France in 1992 where I commuted between Paris and Chicago for my flight attendant/stewardess job. Finally my inner voice said "Stop!" and I left American Airlines six weeks shy of 20 years January 1, 2010. Now that is over and I am back working as a journalist and photographer full time on Colleensparis.com - My videos are posted on YouTube on the colleensparis youtube channel. and I am active in Toastmasters 75. Enjoy!