Champion jockey Frankie Dettori riding Spring of Fame in the Qatar Prix Daniel Wildenstein race. Dettori is pictured in the parade ring, just before the race Saturday at Hippodrome de Longchamp, Paris.
A Qatari tent set up on the grounds of Hippodrome de Longchamp. The state of Qatar is sponsoring this year's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, Europe's biggest horse race.
These two men have taken off their shoes and are facing Mecca, during the late afternoon call to prayer.
The hat tent at Longchamp, offering chapeaux for sale. Traditionally, women don stylish hats for Sunday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
A table of straw hats in varying hues and designs.
Another group of straw hats for race-goers.
Wool and felt hats with fur trim.
Most of these casual styles on display can hold up in rain, which is predicted Sunday. Inside the tents (below) are traditional Qatari crafts and traditions. In one tent, a woman invited me to sit down on the cushion next to her, while she applied henna to my right hand. We spoke in Arabic, which was good practice for my upcoming trip to Jordan. As the henna was still wet, I told the woman I'd return Sunday to photograph her, her friends and their beautiful costumes.Barring pouring rain, I'll be snapping pics of both hats and horses and posting them late Sunday and Monday. Hope you have a fun Sunday outing planned!
En route to Longchamp this afternoon, I walked past a white panel truck with its side door open, parked on a busy street. Inside was a platform made up like a bed, a hooker sitting in front of a dressing table applying lipstick and another lady-of-the-evening standing on the sidewalk, dressed in fishnets and black lace and wearing enough makeup to cover France. She was smoking a cigarette, while hoping to catch the eye of potential customers headed to the races. Later I saw the police making them leave. Only in Paris would such a business venture be attempted in broad daylight in a posh residential neighbourhood!
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