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Maisons Laffitte, a short train ride west of Paris, is the birthplace of horse racing in France, with a history that dates back to the 1600s and centers around the magnificent château at the heart of the town. It was built in 1640 to host King Louis XIII when he wanted to visit, and included stables that could accommodate 56 horses.

For Secret Journeys, storyteller Gina Rarick offers a rare opportunity to see the world of horse racing from an insider’s perspective. She can show visitors her early morning routine, and the thrill of watching a horse and rider in practice at a full sprint.

From our Gazette news section:

Galloping to victory in Maisons-Laffitte

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