We sure had loads of fun in Disneyland Paris!
Previously, we happily soaked in the many magical sights and sounds that any Disneyland in the world will be sure to offer..
|Paris comes to live at night
After a well deserved “holiday” within a holiday, we now continue our exploration and journey of Europe.
Now in France, “holiday” on holiday!
|Paris truly lives up to it’s reputation as the city of lights
Coming in from marne la vallée, the area more well known for it’s Disney resorts than anything else…
Today, we move into the city center of Paris..
More centrally located now, it proved essential to see the many landmarks that Paris has to offer.
A country that has history hidden in every nook and crevice – waiting to be uncovered!
Upon arriving, we decided to spend the evening by catching a glamorous show of debauchery; at the Moulin Rouge.
Ever since it opened in 1889 as a “temple of music and dance”, Moulin Rouge has set the standard as the world’s most famous cabaret.
Moulin Rouge means “Red Mill”, in French.
|Moulin Rouge with it’s iconic windmill
Today it’s show attracts visitors from across the world.
History of the Moulin Rouge
In October 1889, Paris was all abuzz concerning the opening of a new music hall.
|The red-light district in Paris
The owners of this new establishment, Joseph Oller and Charles Zidler, who had chosen the name Moulin Rouge for their Moulin Rouge Paristheatre, gave it the nickname “Le Premier Palais des Femmes” – The First Palace of Women, and claimed that Moulin Rouge would soon become “temple of music and dance”.
Moulin Rouge quickly gained a reputation for being the place where men could view young Parisian girls whose unique and amazing dance moves were as flexible as their morals.
And though the famous Can-Can dance had been present in working class ballrooms since the 1830s, the early days of the Moulin Rouge cemented its popularity.
During the first few decades that the establishment was open, it was little more than a bawdy dance performed by courtesans to entertain their male clientele.
Then..at times, it was downright vulgar and what went on inside the Moulin Rouge caused a public outrage.
During this time period, one of the music hall’s most notable patrons was artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, who later went to to paint a number of famous Moulin Rouge scenes.
In later years, the establishment cleaned up its act – in some way or another or so to speak, and eventually lost its reputation as a brothel, went on to become a fashionable music hall known for its extravagant cabaret shows attracting a high-class clientele from around the world.
The Can-Can itself was toned down as well, though even modern patrons will tell you that this signature dance is still a bit naughty.
Still, it’s the main reason patrons come to Moulin Rouge and they always go away entertained by the dancers’ high-kicking moves, cartwheels, splits, and other amazing acrobatic tricks.
Visiting Moulin Rouge
Today, a visit to the Moulin Rouge is still very popular with adult visitors to Paris.
You’ll find myriad tourists snapping photos of the huge red windmill that sits on top of the theater and many visitors make reservations here for a nightly show.
The show features more than 100 performers decked out in the most extravagant costumes, which include lots of feathers, rhinestones, and sequins.
The sets are equally as spectacular.
But remember, this is adult entertainment, so those with kids should choose a different activity or find a reliable baby-sitter and enjoy a night out sans children.
|Paris by night
Moulin Rouge is located at:
82 Boulevard de Clichy,
Before realizing it, the sky was dark and the show – ended.
Took a walk down the streets of Boulevard de Clichy, Pigalle…
…Before our stomachs started to grumble!
Street by street, lane after alleyway – cuisines from all around the world greeted us, begging us to come in.
From Korean, Turkish to Indian – we were spoilt for choice!
|Le Palais Garnier
After much fussing, we finally decided on Italian!
Well..it was time for dinner, after all!
Re-fueled, we continued exploring the streets of Pigalle after dinner.
Pigalle is an area in Paris around the Place Pigalle on the border between the 9th and the 18th arrondissements.
|Quartier Pigalle – red-light district
It is named after the sculptor Jean-Baptiste Pigalle.
Pigalle is famous for being a tourist district, with many sex shops on Place Pigalle and the main boulevards. The neighborhood’s raunchy reputation led to its World War II nickname of “Pig Alley” by Allied soldiers.
The Divan du Monde and the Moulin Rouge world-famous cabarets, are both located in Pigalle and the area to the south of Place Pigalle is devoted to the retail of musical instruments and equipment.
A section of the rue de Douai consists solely of stores selling guitars, drums, and musical accessories.
Artists such as Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, and Maurice Neumont also once lived here. The works of artist Salvador Dalí can be seen at the nearby Espace Dalí.
Pigalle was also the home of the Grand Guignol theatre, which closed in 1962.
However, the theater itself still stands.
The Musée de l’érotisme – Museum of Eroticism, in english – can also be found here.
The Museum of Eroticism is very popular among tourists, especially for those who want to see a “different” side of Paris.
Pigalle is also a well known spot for tourists who want to experience “Paris by night”. Home to some of Paris’ most famous cabarets (Moulin Rouge – for instance, was immortalized by artist Toulouse-Lautrec), as well as topless and nude shows.
|A newsstand by the streets of Paris
Pigalle is on the one end-point of the Montmartrobus – a public bus serving the area.
After an evening of sin…
Headed for the metro, train-bound for our accommodation for the night.
Pop-ed by the nearest pharmacy on the way..
Down with the flu, having a bad case of cough & cold.
I think I might have caught the flu-bug back at Disney…
POTD = Pill Of The Day
Before we end…
Here are the rest of the pictures before we finally check-in, enjoy them!
Lovin’ our lovely accommodation!
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