Salon du Cheval, Paris
Salon du Cheval: “The Night of Horses…”
Address: Paris Expo
Porte de Versailles, 75015 Paris
Phone: 01 48 09 64 82
Begins: December 2, 2007
Ends: December 10, 2007
Hours: 10am – 7pm
Tickets: Adult – 12.50 euros; Children 6 to 12 – 8 euros; Infants under 6 – Free; Group Admission (15 person minimum) 10.50 per person
Paris’ 35th annual Salon du Cheval or “Living Room of the Horse” is a fantastic event that allows for guests of all ages to get to know the horse a little bit better. Throughout the event dates there is a “Living Room of the Horse” which has informative booths set up amongst exhibitions. There is also a demonstration set up for kids’ only – no parents allowed; sorry mom and dad! Parents can walk around freely while their children learn how to groom and care for horses in a fun learning environment, complete with live ponies!
The first big event is the Salon’s annual horse show. The finest show horses and jumpers from around the globe come to compete here annually at the door of Versailles from November 30 through December 2. Once the horse show begins to wind down on December 2, the next occasion begins – Le Defile de Paris or the Procession of Horses. Over 200 horses march through nearly 12 miles of Parisian streets, showing off of exceptional examples of more than 28 breeds that have come from near and far to attend the parade.
On December 7 two more events kick off at the Salon de Cheval. The first is the Spectacle la Nuit de Cheval which boasts many fun events such as: circus like performances, barrel racing and other rodeo events, dressage, the elegant Lipizzaner stallions, and if the crowd is lucky, an appearance by Stormy the “Zorse” (zebra/horse). The Spectacle continues on through until December 9. The second event that begins on December 7 is one of the biggest that occurs during the Salon festival. It is called Championat du Monde Cheval Arabe. This occasion invites all of the finest Arabian horses on the earth to attend. The Arabian is the oldest and most celebrated breed and the festival does excellent work commemorating one of the most beautiful and pure forms of the horse in the world from December 7 through the 9.
So come to Paris this winter to celebrate with the rest of the world, the beauty and splendor of the animal known as the horse.
Paris Metro Stations for Salon du Cheval
The best way to get to the Salon du Cheval by metro is Metro Line 12, getting off at Port de Versailles the Balard stop on Metro Line 8.
Paris Hotels for Salon du Cheval
Close to the Eiffel Tour and the Paris Expo, where the Salon du Cheval takes place, lies the 2 star Au Pacific Hotel. This hotel costs mere pennies for a night’s stay, 58 euros to be exact. Located on a quiet street, this quaint hotel has a subtle glow about which will make you feel right at home as you come back weary from a day at the Salon du Cheval’s events.
The 3 star Versailles Hotel couldn’t get any closer to the Porte de Versailles Expo center, literally! The expo center is only 200 meters away from the hotel, which is a very short walk for those attending the Salon du Cheval. The hotel itself is classy and sophisticated and is located right by the metro so guests have easy access to the rest of the city during their stay at this fine location.
The boutique Hotel Le Marquis is a 4 star stay for less; 175 euros per night. Neighboring the Eiffel Tour, this is the perfect spot for the guest who wants pampering at a very well kept, state of the art hotel.
If you won’t settle for less, stay at the 4 star Hotel Sofitel Paris Porte de Sevres. This hotel has luxury lurking in every corner – from the breathtaking views, to-die-for decor and fantastic fine dining and entertainment – it just doesn’t get better than this!
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