Les Dimanches Au Galop is a free Paris spring event for kids, teens, lovers!
If you love horses, you love spring, you love Paris and you love free entries – then look to Sundays at the Les Dimanches Au Galop. (Horse galloping on Sunday!)
Dates still ahead: April 14, April 21, April 28, May 5, and May 12.
This is an around-the-world equestrian trip: horse racing, pony racing, Bajutsu (the Japanese art of riding and mounted sword-fighting, stick handling and javelin throwing, where horses are trained to veer off at a moment’s notice, ignore sudden shocks, and preform technical climbs and downhill dodges, etc.); the Vaulting Cossack (the Russian art of trick riding, executing the Cossack Drag or Death Dragon) and the Hungarian Post (where tricks are performed while standing on two horses at the same time); and then the French thoroughbreds and horse culture come in: including the rugged Breton à l’Ardennais via the French saddle, antiques carriages and more. You will want to bring a camera! And, again, your kids, teens and lover. This is an event to be shared!
All events are held outdoors, so don’t forget your hats or umbrellas on the sunny days, and bring a picnic (the staff at Hotel Britannique will be glad to suggest the perfect spot to pick up picnic goodies) – unless you want to bang out some euros at the panoramic gourmet restaurant Hyeres III (go ahead and splurge on the Derby Menu, which consists of the scrumptious plates of shrimp tails in vanilla oil, tomato and mango tartar, followed by veal fillets with polenta fries, a goat cheese and cranberry salad and finished off with exotic sorbets. Plus, champagne and wine and wine and wine!
You can drive to the Hippodrome, of course, but as you’re right around the corner from the largest underground metro station in the world – Châtelet – go public transport. You can ask the desk or take the directions from here:
-> walk out of the Hotel Britannique and go left
-> take a left at the corner
-> Châtelet metro is down the block on your left
-> take line 4 (direction Porte d’Orleans)
-> the 3rd stop, switch at Odeon to line 10 (direction Boulogne Pont de St.-Cloud)
-> the 12th stop will bring you to Porte d’Auteuil-Hippodrome.
-> disembark! The signs will be everywhere!
- Reception and information kiosk
- Rental Binoculars
- Souvenir shop
- a couple of cheap places to eat
Hippodrome d’Auteuil – Lakes Route – 75016 Paris