Finally visiting Moulin Rouge in Paris

I’ve been to Paris few times now…taking guests to places. Most of the time we end up going to the same usual spots that they want to see or we think they should see in Paris, like Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, Louvre,….and more places depending on allowed time. Last visit to Paris was with my aunt from Baltimore, Maryland. It was her first visit to Europe and we decided to take her to Paris for a brief trip in a weekend. Although I am not a great fan of big cities, but Paris never fails to surprise me with its atmosphere and surroundings. But this time I was determined to go somewhere in that Romantic city where we never put our feet before. It was Moulin Rouge…the classic cabaret which was the birthplace of modern can-can dance.

Mouline Rouge, located in the Red-Light District, is not only a cabaret club, but also a popular tourist attraction in Paris. It was founded in 1889 and with its signature red wind-mill on the roof, soon the place became a hot spot for entertainment in whole Europe and then in the whole world. I was checking some tickets online for the shows in Moulin Rouge…they are usually more than 100 euros per person…not my cup of tea. But I did enjoy going there and finally get the chance to see this glittery place (although during the day-time…but oh well). So here is a picture of Moulin Rouge that I took during our visit…may be someday I will get to go inside and enjoy its true beauty and talented artists in a dim-lit room with hundreds of audiences. But for now, I guess I will be happy watching Nicole Kidman’s “Moulin Rouge” in my DVD player 😉

Moulin Rouge in Paris

Moulin Rouge in Paris

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A day in the palace – Versailles, France

We went to Versailles in September of 2011. The trip was just for a weekend. We have been to Paris before but never went on top of Eiffel Tower. So, Saturday evening we went up to Eiffel Tower and Sunday we spent the whole day wandering around Versailles Palace inside and out. Versailles is not too far from Paris, may be an hour drive depending on the traffic. But it is worth spending a day looking few centuries back and feeling the luxurious lifestyle the kings and queens enjoyed once.

Just to give you a brief history on Versailles Palace, this was the center of political power in France from 1682 (when King Louis XIV moved here from Paris) to 1789 (when the royal family was forced to return to the capital). This palace is a symbol of absolute monarchy of Old Regime of France. This has been listed as an UNESCO World Heritage site for being one of the most beautiful achievements of 18th century French art.

Hope you will enjoy the pictures:

Statue near the main entrance of Versailles Palace

The palace contains more than 7500 paintings and drawings, and 5210 pieces of furniture

King’s Bedroom, which was created by Louis XIV and he lived here until his death in 1715

Queen Marie Antoinette’s Bedroom

Queen’s Guards Room

The staircase of Versailles Palace in France

Statues on the hall before entering King’s daughter’s apartment

Rome, Italy

We just got back from Oslo, Norway about a week ago, please check the page for info on Oslo here. It was very different than any other cities that we have visited in Europe.
Now we are getting ready to visit Rome, Italy and Vatican City beginning of November. Still need to book a hotel and list all the places we want to visit. But I have already checked one thing, that is what to buy from Rome…obviously, Italian leather is very famous for purse, boots, jackets and etc. Plus olive oil, vinegar are also some of the items that tourists like to bring back home from Rome.
Anyways, speaking of hotel, I think Rome is more like Paris, meaning everything is very spread out and you can’t go to every place by walking, you have to take public transportation within the city for hopping. So we are still not sure where to get hotel… any suggestions?
Will let you know how the olive oil from Rome tastes 🙂 yummmm, can’t wait

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