Booked a trip at the last moment as my husband want to go to the big race, stayed at Auteuil tour eiffel hotel which was about a 10 min walk to the nearest metro and then two stops to the Pont Auteuil stop for the free shuttle (navette) to the racecourse. This was very efficient, plenty of busses. The ride was bout 15 mins to the racecourse and then there was a short walk across the grass (OK as long as it doesn't rain) to the course. We thought we'd get there reasonably early to avoid long lines, but at 11am the lines were enormous to get in even with tickets. The line moved quickly though and we soon found our way through to the Garden Arcs where we had seats (this was a good move). As expected the place was packed. We had brought a couple of filled baguettes with us (another good move) and wish that we had brought drinks as well. Many people brought picnics. Looked to have a glass of champagne and the price was 24.50 euros and served in a plastic glass, a bottle of moet was 90 euros. A little steep I thought. The beer was 10 euros for .5 litre. Longchamp is a strange track as you can't see much of the races from anywhere which seems weird, but thank heavens for large TV screens so we could watch on there and just see the last few furlongs as the horses thundered past. There was a hat 'tent' that was very popular, selling panamas and fascinators at very reasonable prices. The only thing that let it down a little was the ladies toilets, they were clean but about half of them were out of order which resulted in huge lines. All in all though a great day out and we had the winner of the big race to make it even better!!
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