Speaking of hats...I have mine for the Prix de Diane!
Cowboy hats, baseball caps, red berets...they all have one thing in common. They look silly on me. Or to be more specific, I look silly wearing them. So, the fact that I'm willing to wear a hat to the Prix de Diane in Chantilly for the second year in a row is a pretty good indication of how much fun Stéphane and I had at the horse races last year.
In preparation for the big day, Finding Noon and I decided to do some serious hat shopping shortly after we were freed from the café where we had been held hostage by a torrential downpour yesterday afternoon. But first, we wanted to learn more about betting on horses in France. Walking into a dimly lit tobacco shop, we pushed past men poring over racing forms and drinking beer to ask the cashier if she had a Pari Mutuel Urbain (PMU) instruction booklet. There we were, two innocents in a den of inequity, without any idea of how to take the next step. Acting as if she had never heard of such a concept, the woman said that she didn't have any pamphlets and sent us on our way. Assuring Finding Noon that the Prix de Diane is chic not sleazy, we decided to confine our research on betting to the internet.
Next stop, Tanago, a small boutique on the rue du Commerce in the 15th arrondissement. To make a long story short, I finally found this years's head topper after trying on just about every hat in the store...three times. It's simple, goes well with my black and white polka dot dress and doesn't make me feel like a complete idiot.
If you're looking for something different to do, pack a picnic (don't forget the foie gras, champagne and strawberries!) and have a wonderful day at the Prix de Diane horse race in Chantilly on June 17, 2012. You'll see me there - I'll be the one wearing a hat!
For those of you (like my dearest friend, Heidi!), who are still looking for a hat, please click here to see what some of the women were wearing last year.
Many thanks to Denise for sending me the link for "A Guide to Betting on Horseracing" in France.