Tuesday, June 27, 2006

The real Moulin Rouge


You may have seen the film and thought "oh this cannot be true" and though yes, The Moulin Rouge does exist and dancers still dance the Cancan there! Of course, between the real thing and the romantic old fashioned story that was depicted in the movie, there is a huge difference. But still, the Moulin Rouge is a pretty effective attraction in Paris and I would surely recommend it.

24 comments:

  1. How long has this big Coca-Cola sign been in the neighborhood, does anybody know?

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  2. It may not be as romantic as the movie, but at least it draws in some tourism and certainly looks cool.

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  3. I have a thing for coca-cola signs. I saw a really good one in Las Vegas when I went, which kinda set me off.

    Oh, yeah. And the Moulin Rouge is nice, too ;)

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  4. I went to my first show last Spring. Between the decor and the atmosphere, it's a fascinating step back in time. And c'est vrai, they still do the cancan! I loved every minute (and didn't think of Nicole Kidman once).

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  5. apres la gay pride le doux paris de pigalle ah que c'est bon d'etre parisien une impression de paris derniére de taddei et ben Paris Paris Paris dirait monsieur Lino Ventura dans l'aventure c'est l'aventure...

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  6. I hate to burst everyone's bubble, but besides the Coca-Cola sign that is almost bigger than the windmill itself, did anybody notice the "Quick" hamburger joint underneath?

    That being said, the show is fantastic (avoid the dinner), and it's almost as much fun watching the tourists gawking at the topless girls as if it's a sex show. There are a lot of surprises and most every seat is a good one. A definite "do once in your life" visit.

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  7. Ujima, I posted this below in the post for Le musée du Quai Branly comments in case others might want to check out the NY Times article you were talking about. I don't know how long it will stay online, so the link might be broken eventually.

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  8. It's a very cool site, indeed. I did not notice the Coca-Cola sign last spring, but I was there during the day, not at night. When I was in Paris last spring, it was with a group of Honors students, and pairs of students had to give a presentation on each site we visited. I remember the whole group listening attentively to the presentation on Le Moulin Rouge. We must have been standing roughly at the spot from which Eric took that photo.

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  9. >>Ujima, I posted the NY Times article

    Merci, Michael, I shall remember to post the link next time.

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  10. Great evening shot! Interesting 'hood to walk around in.

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  11. The "Moulin Rouge" has never been a real windmill. It has always been a fake one for the Cabaret.

    Unlike the "Moulin de la Galette" (you still can see not far from there, on Montmartre, but it is now a restaurant) which was a real windmill where decades ago, people used to come and eat a "galette" ...with a lot of wine...lol

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  12. Michael: Well, you just said to avoid the dinner at the Moulin Rouge ... were you advertising for Quick? ;-)

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  13. LOL Tomate! Actually, I DO like McDonald's, but Quick is not very good to me. QUICK is the antithesis of FAST FOOD!

    Haxo station, I love the Moulin de la Galette and highly recommend it to anybody coming to Paris. A little fancier than galettes now, however!

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  14. Michael: I did not go into Quick when I was in Paris, but I went into MacDo a couple of times, and was really impressed with their stuff and the aesthetics of the place (I'm thinking of the La Defense MacDo especially).

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  15. What great memories! I stayed near here when I was in Paris. I thought the sex shops were funny, the women definitely embrace a different aesthetic than I am used to in my city. And we had a great time staying up all night at some of those dance clubs.

    Eric, if you are in Montmartre again soon, please go a few blocks from here to rue Veron. The Hotel de Clermont is really fabulous, it doesn't seem to have changed in 100 years. I'd love to see a picture of it. The people there were so kind to me I plan to stay there again!

    By the way, coming from an American, the Quick restaurant IS horrible and McDonald's is the best!

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  16. Hi, all. Alas, I've never seen the Moulin Rouge show. Too much time in the Louvre, d'Orsay, and this year l'Orangerie (what a great collection!) However, I did locate the two former sites of the Chat Noir club, and the site of the Rat Mort is a striptease (and more?)theater on Place Blanche. That's appropriate, perhaps.

    Any, hey, people, stay away from that fast food crap, no matter what the brand name. No good for you. Sludge in veins. No good.

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