I’ve been to Paris several times now, but never quite made it to this side of the city. When we visited in January of this year with both of my daughters there was no way I was going to get away with not checking this landmark out. We spent some time visiting the famous Byzantine Basilica of the Sacré Cœur on Montmartre, the “Mount of Martyrs” which has been a popular place for pilgrims for many centuries. After admiring the buskers and the stunning view of Paris which is spread out below, we then wandered down the hill to a slightly different part of town.
The Moulin Rouge is a cabaret house which was founded in 1889. It is considered the spiritual home of the can-can and was, for some years, the home of Australian dancer Shay Stafford whom I recently saw perform at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. However, I’m not sure there is too much that is spiritual in the immediate vicinity. It is a slightly seedy area and my son was propositioned by a working girl while the whole family was walking down the street.