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A Visitors' Guide to The Moulin Rouge in Paris, France
Moulin Rouge, which translates into English as Red Windmill, is a world-famous cabaret. It has been featured in both musicals and movies. It is located in the Paris red-light district of Pigalle and was built in the late 1800s. The reason for its name is the huge red windmill located on its roof. This is a landmark that the cabaret has also become famous for.

The sheer grandeur of the size and architecture within will take your breath away. Moulin Rouge embraces decadence in the most classic way possible. Its interior is decorated with heavy drapes in the richest of colours, trimmed with gold fringes, and golden statues and carvings. The stage is huge and the sets used for performances breathtaking as well as gravity-defying. And this is just talking about the layout!

The Moulin Rouge offers musical performances for mainly adult visitors, and has featured many popular artistes such as Frank Sinatra and Edith Piaf in the course of its long and colourful history. The traditional French can-can is frequently performed in the Moulin Rouge. This is a seductive dance that incorporates gymnastic and acrobatic moves. Although the can-can is performed in many places all over France, it is said the quality of the can-can performance in the Moulin Rouge is unsurpassed.

It is not just the can-can performance that will entrance you at the Moulin Rouge. Their colourful, fast-paced cabaret shows with elaborate costumes and tantalizing personalities will make the price you paid for their tickets more than worth it. Time will fly by and the end of the performance will leave you wanting me. Truly, there is nothing like a show at the Moulin Rouge.

The Moulin Rouge has embraced a progressive attitude. Today it is a completely non-smoking area (with the exception of certain sections) and reservations for tickets can be booked online through its website. It has also catered some shows that are suitable for children, who are entitled to fifty percent off tickets. This is done in an effort to attract a more diverse crowd.

The cabaret is so popular that their souvenir shop is hugely successful. Most visitors who go for the performances make it a point to bring home with them one or more of the sixty different personalized Moulin Rouge souvenirs that are available at the cabaret itself and also online. The souvenirs include postcards, notebooks, t-shirts, umbrellas and even jewels. Just browsing through the souvenir shop is an experience on its own. So remember, the next time you are in Paris, make it a point to drop by the Moulin Rouge. I promise it will be an experience you will never forget.
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Orson Johnson writes for Holiday Velvet, a website providing Paris accommodation, France and world vacation rentals.
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