30.05.2015 - 30.05.2015 23 °C
Firstly dinner last night was superb. We found a square that had numerous bars and a bit off the main strip. We were attracted to a bar that had the Le Coq out the front, so we set up shop in there. Beautiful meal and nice to have a meal without chips for once. After dinner we had deserts and before long we were on the cognac. Kind of slipped too easy into the French way of life. Should have started a rendition of the La-Marseillaise.
I have to say that the Parisians have been exceptional in their hospitality. Most have gone out of their way to make the language work and it has been a far more easy visit that my last time 30 years ago.
Well today was a leisurely day, participating in small k kulture. Our mission today was to walk around the Montmartre area, which is where all the old artistic lived at some time in their lives. Like a lot of other places in our travels Paris is quiet flat, but the Montmartre has one of the few hills. So what do you do when you have a hill – you build a catholic church on it to be closer to god. The Basilica Sacre-Coeur is an impressive church and just the void and artwork is enough to humble any human who doubted the power and supremacy of God. However, he still haven’t cracked this little black duck!
After that we wandered our way down the hill via the narrow streets filled with artists, shops and food places and eventually settled in near the Place the Abbesses for a drink of red wine to while away the time.
From there we made it down to Pigalle, one of the more famous red light districts of Paris. Took the happy snap outside the Moulin Rouge and eventually made our way back to the hotel.
Tonight we return to the red light district to see a show. The La Nouvelle Eve (http://www.lanouvelleeveparis.com/) is the sister show to the Moulin Rouge. It is not so racy (they keep their knickers on), but from what I have read it is a more comfortable venue and not the sausage factory that many have said about the Moulin Rouge. Time will tell.