On Sunday we decided to have a break from studying too hard and rather dress up, hat up (some of us) and go to Chantilly. Why? To attend the horse race of them all – Prix de Diane.
ladies (with hats)
horse racing! (photo by Mickis)
The event has a longer than long history – it was first held in 1843 and the only times it was canceled was during both world wars.
very popular with the crowds (photo by George)
Crowds of Parisians flock to Chantilly to flaunt their hats, fancy attire or some – to watch the horse races and bet. The entrance is free for people wearing hats and as it turned out, our humble and tiny hair pieces counted as a free pass to the hat parade (horse races).
our tiny hair decorations were also considered as hats --> free entrance
eccentric hats (photo by Elin)
over the top hats
guy arty hats (photo by Mickis)
cool hats (photo by George)
on the race course
picnicking in fancy atire
sitting around on white sofas (photo by George)
The horse racing, to say the truth, was like a cherry on a sundae – short and sweet, but as a social event, it was definitely worth attending. We strutted on the red carpet, we sat on the grass, we bet on a random horse and yes, took an abundant amount of pictures.
Going back to Paris was as going back a century – the platform was packed with gowns, top hats, tuxedos, gloves, lace, glamourous lady hats and the average age of the platform was definitely above 40. It was a fine day.
Indeed a good distraction from studying.
on the red carpet
celebrities from Sweden!