Harry's Bar will be there (and so will our favorite waiters)! It won't turn into a Gap or Old Navy while I'm gone. The art supply store, the book shop, even Monoprix will still be where I remembered. This is probably one of the reasons so many people feel at home in Paris. (I've been told I know Paris better than Montréal; that I'd be able to find Harry's from CDG blindfolded. I take this as a compliment).
Take, for instance, the Moulin Rouge -
The Moulin Rouge opened in 1889 and is still going strong. It’s the Belle Epoque in the shape of a windmill, sitting in Montmartre. Close your eyes and picture Lautrec at a table, sipping absinthe, and sketching one of his amazing posters.
Jane Avril, “La Goulue” Yvette Guilbert, Mistinguett....and later, Trénet, Aznavour, Ella Fitzgerald…..well the list goes on and on. Over a century of entertainment covers a lot of big names!
I know I know.....the Moulin Rouge isn’t what it used to be. Now it’s expensive, a production, and mainly for tourists. But, it’s still there and that makes me happy!
I wish I was in Paris for the Bastille Day celebrations but I'll have to make do with web coverage. I've never been to Paris in July, or August for that matter. The only way I'll spend summer in Paris is if I win the lottery and live there all year round! Whoooo! Now that's a thought!
Moulin Rouge (2001)
Directed by Baz Luhrmann. With Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor
Moulin Rouge (1952)
Directed by John Huston. José Ferrer, Zsa Zsa Gabor
Queen of the Moulin Rouge (1922), directed by Ray C. Smallwood and Peter Milne (silent)
Absinthe: History in a Bottle by Barnaby Conrad III
Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre by Richard Thomson
Toulouse-Lautrec im Moulin-Rouge by Gradimir Smudja
Jane Avril Of The Moulin Rouge by Jose Shercliff