Moulin Scrooge

France's Moulin Rouge with its famous windmill. The girl is my friend and I made her do that to fulfill stereotypes.

France's Moulin Rouge with its famous windmill. The girl is my friend and I made her do that to fulfill stereotypes.

Ah the Moulin Rouge. I don’t care how naked they are, it’s too rich for my blood.

Ever since the 2001 film, the famous cabaret has been high on my list of things that I wanted to see while visiting France.

Unlike the film however, the actual Moulin Rouge has more nudity than HBO after midnight.

When Americans think of cabarets, our minds probably snap to either rows of women in big puffy dresses doing the Can-Can or some other monstrosity like Dolly Parton’s Dixy Land Dixy Stampede or whatever the holy hell her cowgirl fried chicken musical theater is called.

The Moulin Rouge is right up the street from the really raunchy part of Paris's Red Light District and down the hill from Montmartre.

The Moulin Rouge is right up the street from the really raunchy part of Paris's Red Light District and down the hill from Montmartre.

The Moulin Rouge is quite different though. I have heard it best described as a combination of a strip club, Cirque du Soleil, and the musical Chicago. Now that sounds awesome! Not only is the Moulin Rouge the original cabaret, but the ‘People’s Almanac’ credited the origin of striptease as we know it to an act in the 1890s.

Apparently what makes a cabaret a cabaret is simply that you eat dinner and have drinks during the show.

So now to the point. I have never been to the Moulin Rouge. Why? I’ll tell you… BECAUSE IT COSTS A FREAKING FORTUNE! The cheapest ticket is now $120 dollars; you get seated facing away from the stage and must buy at least two drinks. I think the recession has hit them hard, because when I was in France several years ago, the cheapest ticket was $220 dollars. This is a daily show! If you want to be facing the stage or have dinner, be prepared to shell out some real money.

Below is a video of what it would NOT be like inside the Moulin Rouge. If you want to see what it is really like, click HERE. (WARNING: Nudity!)