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Wish You Were Here Postcards – Moulin Rouge, Paris

16/07/2014 | By

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.

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  1. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    Yes, it’s seedy and yes there’s the Australian Bar across the street but it’s the BEST show! I’ve been twice and if I visit Paris again, I’ll see another show. It’s non-stop entertainment and the food’s not too bad either. We told them Rob was 90 when we were there last and they put us at a table by ourselves in the front row. Very cool for the oldies. 🙂

  2. Lizzy (Good Things)

    Oh Amanda, how wonderful! Not sure we will ever get to Paris… it’s not high on our bucket list, but would definitely like to see Moulin Rouge if we were to go, thanks for sharing!

  3. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Same for me, I’ve always stayed around the bakeries and certain arrondisements but never made it to the Moulin Rouge. Did you see a show there?

  4. Anna @ shenANNAgans

    Jealous! Totally and absolutely jealous. Ive not been to Paris, but it is top of the list. 🙂

  5. Amanda McInerney

    Actually, in my opinion you haven’t missed much, Bec.