Moulin Rouge in Paris, Episode 126

Categories: First Time in Paris, Paris

My earliest memory of the Moulin Rouge is being woken up by my mother the day we drove past it when I was about 7 or 8. She wanted us to park and go look at it up-close, but my father couldn't find a parking space (you still can't park near there today!) so she decided we should at least look at it through the car windows.

We were a provincial family from Toulouse visiting our nation's capital and my mother wanted us to see the landmarks. I'm pretty sure I wasn't at the age where Moulin Rouge would have been of any interest to me, but she tried.

All About the Bling!

I didn't inherit my mother's fondness for bling and lighting, but for a lot of people who have seen the grand old red windmill in the movies, Moulin Rouge is a place they want to see. But you'll see that it's a bit kitch by now. They are trying to keep it fresh by producing new shows, but I am not sure it is working as well as they'd hoped.

Is Moulin Rouge Worth a Visit in 2018?

There are so many things to do in Paris, will the Moulin Rouge be worth it? Should you go with dinner and the show or just the show? Brenda and Gary, my guests on today's show, help you answer that question for yourself.

With its 120 years of history, the Moulin Rouge is the archetype for cabaret performances, often imitated, and world-famous. But what is it really like once you get inside? What sort of act has it become? Gary and Brenda tell us what they experienced, what they were hoping to see, and what they actually saw.  Enjoy the show!


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Discussed in this Episode

  • Dinner at the Moulin Rouge
  • Jules Vernes restaurant at the Eiffel Tower
  • Moulin Rouge
  • VIP service at the Moulin Rouge
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Categories: First Time in Paris, Paris

2 Replies to “Moulin Rouge in Paris, Episode 126”

  1. Enjoyed the Moulin Rouge episode. Your two guests did an excellent job representing the experience. Like your first guest, my wife and I took the VIP route and it was fun to pretend to be a big shot for just one night. It is a very pricey option and probably wouldn’t do it again. The front center table for two we got had a great view, but I think most of the floor seats looked like a fun group setting as well.

    The performers and dancers were all top notch and know their craft. Some of the vaudevillian aspect wasn’t what expected either. I completely agree with, the comments made by you and your second guest about them redoing the production with a tribute to a more historical style (for lack of a better term).

    Finally, thanks for reading my name (pronounced beautifully I might add) on your podcast and keep up the great work!

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