A walk around the mesmerizing Paris, France, is not complete without visiting the Moulin Rouge. And although international travel is still at a standstill - one can dream and plan for the future. Upon the first visit to Paris, it’s exhilarating enough just to stand on the outside of the Moulin Rouge and gaze at it from the street.
But even better if you snag a spot inside and get to enjoy dinner and a show. The Moulin Rouge might bring up images of Nicole Kidman surrounded by a dazzling set and romantic musical numbers - and the real thing isn’t too far from this ideal.
With more than 130 years of history - the Moulin Rouge is known for its extravagant dance numbers, stunning costumes, and providing an all-around tasteful and joyous night out in Paris. Here’s a look inside and backstage at the Moulin Rouge from 2018.
History of Moulin Rouge
Throughout its lifespan, the Moulin Rouge has gone through many transformations. From a cabaret to a theatre and music hall - it evolved over time. It was founded in 1889 by Charles Zidler and Joseph Oller and created for the sole purpose of providing entertainment and fun.
At one point, even the famous Edith Piaf graced the stage of Moulin Rouge. In the spring of 1944, she performed there, and it marked the onset of her love affair with Yves Montand. Soon after, releasing the famous La Vie En Rose was a beautiful tribute to this era of Paris.
What might be Moulin Rouge’s biggest claim to fame, however, is it being the birthplace of the famous Can-Can dance. The Can-Can is marked by high energy and leg kicks reaching straight upwards. The dance is still used in large chorus numbers and dance halls worldwide.
The Moulin Rouge and Montmartre
The beautiful neighborhood of Montmartre is near the Moulin Rouge and offers its own unique charm to Paris. An area bustling with cafes, art, and cobblestone streets is almost too idyllic to be real, but real it is.
Montmartre is also known for the stunning view of Paris’ skyline when you walk up the hill to the Sacre-Coeur, the basilica known as the Sacred Heart of Paris. Considered the highest point in Paris, it is truly a sight to behold.
A Trip to Paris + More Sights
While the world is still enduring the pandemic, it is difficult to know when international travel will open again. However, many are tentatively planning trips abroad, as we all await the “ok.” If this is you and always dreamed of visiting Paris, I would be happy to share some personal favorites to add to your Paris list.
Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore
Angelina Paris (for amazing Hot Chocolate)
Jardin des Tuileries (beautiful garden near the Louvre)
As we approach the one-year mark of the closing of international borders and travel bans, many feel antsy and anxious to get back to travel. I am definitely one of them. And since we can’t know for sure when the reopening will happen, why not dream and plan for the day when you can make a visit to Paris and the Moulin Rouge a reality.
“You stumble, you soar. And if you’re lucky, you make it to Paris for a while.” Amy Howard