Visiting the Moulin Rouge – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , August 30th, 2017

Moulin Rouge - Paris - Alain

Moulin Rouge needs no introduction. Especially, if you’ve seen the award winning movie of the same name, starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor. I’ve seen it three times because I used it in my class back then. The movie fascinated me, partly because my favourite colour is red. LOL Ok, well, because I’m an Ewan fan, that’s why.

So, one early morning (2AM) in Paris, after dropping off a friend of mine at her hotel, I walked for 3 kilometres. The subways were already closed and I had no choice but walk. Armed with a google map on my phone, I braved to walk, instead of taking a bus for two transfers before reaching my destination. Fortunately, google maps felt that I was nervous walking alone in such ungodly hours in a big city. The app led and showed me to well-lit streets, where the bars and cafes were still littered with people. Some of them were hanging out outside, enjoying a fag and a joint. Then, I realized that I was in a bar district where the famed Moulin Rouge still stands.

I intended to visit Moulin Rouge at night, but I unintentionally found it in an hour I didn’t expect. No, I had no plan to watch the cabaret shows because I can’t afford it. It was already enough for me to stand outside and gaze at the big, red windmill on the roof that’s still spinning.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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The Pyramids of the Louvre – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , July 31st, 2017

Pyramids of the Louvre

The Pyramids of the Louvre Museum are Photogenic at Night – so forget about Monalisa. There are only few people visiting the famed museum in Paris at night and you can get all the selfies you want. Seeing Monalisa? Ha! Good luck getting a good view and a selfie with her.

The Louvre Pyramid is also a beauty during the day. But, I didn’t have that same feeling of awe while visiting it at night. It’s really a good thing that on my first night in Paris, I went here and boy, I was flabbergasted. It’s a postcard perfect view wherever you’ll be and whichever angle you’ll take.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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The Eiffel Tower – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , July 27th, 2017

Eiffel Tower - Alain

There’s no doubt that the magnificent Eiffel Tower is France’s most photographed and most visited attraction. You’ve never been to Paris if you’ve never seen or visited the Eiffel Tower. And when you’re in font of the towering structure, what would you do?

Strike a pose. Take a selfie. Ask a stranger to take a photo of you. Or in my case, set up the tripod and click the timer. Then pose, like nobody is watching.

The magnificent Eiffel Tower needs no introduction. We all know what it is and we all dream to conquer it one day. Whether you look at it from afar or stand at the bottom of it, this masterpiece will sweep off your feet away. Boy, it did to me! Can you imagine Paris without the Eiffel Tower? I can’t.

By Alain – Full Story at keep Calm and Wander

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Paris Gay Scene (NSFW)

Author: , October 12th, 2016

Paris Gay Scene

London, Tel Aviv, Madrid – we’ve explored some super hot gay scenes recently, and this week it’s Paris getting the Moovz treatment.

In this new video, cute local Sylvain Poisson meets the movers and shakers of the French capital’s queer community and the Paris Gay Scene.

The vid follows the presenter on a a wild night out. gay Parisian style. Watch as he takes in busy nightspots like Freedj Bar, Spirit of Star and the evidently very naughty Raidd Bar.

Full Story at Gay Star News

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Relive Hollywood in Paris

Author: , May 25th, 2016
Moulin Rouge

Image via Flickr by Gabriel Villena Fernandez

“Paris is always a good idea,” said Audrey Hepburn, a Hollywood legend who acted in romantic movies that featured famous landmarks in Paris. With so many great motion pictures made in this European city, it’s no wonder it earns these three nicknames: The City of Love, The City of Romance, and The City of Lights.

Let’s traverse the romantic lanes in Paris and get a glimpse of the landmarks that grace it.

Moulin Rouge

Gone are the days of French courtesans in the city of Paris, but Moulin Rouge on Boulevard de Clichy is still alive with the “can-can” dance which the nation invented. Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor made this area more popular in the film with the same name. Watch a show or two and relive the past through glamorous cabaret performances.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Fountainebleau – The Paris Day Trip You Must Take

Author: , March 23rd, 2016

Fountainebleau - Mike Shelby

Due to popular demand we’ve added one more Paris-related article to our recent series on the City of Light. This one is a day trip to Fontainebleau, our favorite nearby castle besides Versailles. In some ways, visiting Versailles during your trip to Paris has become so commonplace it borders on cliche. It’s not so much a day-trip as an extension of the city itself; as important to your Parisian cultural experience as a day at the Louvre, or a walk along the Seine.

In other words, you don’t need us to tell you to visit Versailles, just as you don’t need us to hold your hand on the way to the Eiffel Tower. But we thought you should know, there are other fish in the sea, and the Chateau Fontainebleau is one of our favorites. It’s not as well known, which also means it’s a bit less expensive and not as overrun with tourists and easy to get to; the palace is 34 miles southeast of Paris and accessible by train. The palace is, however, every bit as fabulous as Versailles, with a rich and longer history all its own.

Fountainebleau, a convenient day trip from Paris in Towleroad and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineBuilt in the 12th century, it was first used as a hunting lodge for the Kings of France (specifically Louis VII and Louis IX) and later expanded in the 16th century by King Henry II, and again by Henry IV. It is the birthplace and burial grounds of many French kings and has survived nearly a thousand years of revolutions and conflicts, remaining one of the world’s grandest estates.

By Ed Salvato – Full Story at Towleroad.com

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Photo by Mike Shelby

Wandering Wives – A Parisian Christmas

Author: , December 9th, 2015

Wandering Wives Christmas

Paris at Christmas time is simply wonderful, there is no better time to visit the city. During the biting cold of December the French capital is warmed under the glow of a million twinkly Christmas lights. The city of love is a great place to stock up on Christmas presents, romance your special one or simply fill your belly with buckets of mulled wine and hot chocolate.

During the festive period, Paris has a break from being the European capital of chic and instead covers itself in sparkles and lights. It’s a bit like that cool girl in the office who doesn’t speak to anyone all year then gets drunk and comes to the Christmas party wrapped in tinsel and wearing a santa hat. She belts out Mariah Carey on karaoke and everyone surprises themselves by actually loving her. In December, Paris is that girl and guess what? We love her!

In Paris at Christmas fancy boutiques and designer stores adorn their facades with lights and baubles. Christmas trees take over pavements and Vin Chaud (hot wine) replaces coffee as the drink of choice. After spending last Christmas in the heat of Queensland, we found wandering the Christmassy streets of Paris an utter delight. Even the iconic Eiffel Tower had a huge Christmas bauble hanging from its middle. Albeit a giant Shepard Fairey Obey bauble, but a Christmas bauble none the less.

The festive marchés de Noel (Christmas markets) are spread along the length of the Avenue des Champs-Élysées.These are the largest Christmas Markets we have ever had the pleasure of visiting. Hundreds of wooden cabins line the iconic street selling everything from woollen socks to Russian dolls, French cheese and Bavarian sausages

We wandered up and down, taking our time and enjoying the sights and smells of Christmas. We set up camp in the food and drink area and enjoyed a few too many glasses of Vin Chaud. On our first evening in Paris we walked the entire length of the marchés de Noel and somehow we kept getting drawn back to it each night of our trip. It was cheesy and chintzy and everything France usually is not, but we loved its Christmassy charm and feel good factor…continued with more pictures on Wandering Wives

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Wandering Wives – After The Paris Attacks

Author: , December 5th, 2015

Republique memorial

On Friday the 13th November 2015 Paris was subjected to a vicious terrorist attack which killed 130 people. Less than three weeks after the Paris attacks we visited the city of love and witnessed a city wide outpouring of grief.

We took a walk along Boulevard Voltaire and saw flowers and candles covering the ground where some of the attacks took place. A large memorial site has been claimed across the road from the Bataclan Theatre, which is still an active crime scene. Poignantly, Eagles of Death Metal, (the name of the band playing that night) remains unchanged on the sign outside the building. Since the 1970’s the venue has been the home of live rock music in the French capital. Under the roof of the Bataclan, generations of Parisians danced a youthful, lusty rebellion to their own era defining tunes. Once synonymous with youth, joy and pleasure, the Bataclan will be remembered very differently from now on.

The place de la republique has become a focal area for the collective grief of a city standing strong against terrorism. Messages and memorials from around the world sit at the feet of the bronze statue of Marrianne, the symbolic personification of the triumph of the French republic. We witnessed many people in the area lighting candles, laying floral tributes and leaving messages. Most of the notes offer support and friendship, some express horror, question why or urge unity. But above all the most overwhelming message is that of Love.

In the days after the attacks the world pledged its support to France. Citizens from nations across the globe joined together in memorial services and expressed their shock at what had happened in Paris. People who felt powerless to do anything physical pledged their support via the internet, using hashtags like #prayforparis or adding a tricolour to their facebook photos. People needed to feel they were doing something and show that they were not going to take the attacks lying down. The hashtag #sprayforparis led to street artists picking up their paint cans and offering messages of support from around the world. At the place de la republique the street art is evolving on a daily basis with messages of support being covered over as quickly as they appear…continued with pictures on Wandering Wives

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Breakaway Backpacker – 24 Hours in Paris

Author: , October 15th, 2015

Paris - Jaime Davila

Stories written about Paris can fill a stadium and I am sure photos taken of Paris can too. Especially photos taken of it’s icons. We all know Paris… we have seen it in movies, TV shows and just about every media outlet possible. It’s the city of lights, a city of romance and a city millions dream of visiting once in their lives.

It’s a beautiful city and is no wonder why the world loves it. I didn’t have plans to revisit this city for a long time, but since all my plans in Europe changed the opportunity arose for me to go back and visit friends I made on the road. So I thought why not and went back for 2 days. I had one full day while I was there and decided to walk to all it’s icons. Yes I had seen them all before, but it’s Paris so why not see them again!

My hostel was located a few blocks from the Sacred Heart of Paris so decided to start there and make a circle around Paris walking from icon to icon. I started my day at 9am and finished at 6pm. If you have 24 hours in Paris this is a perfect manageable walk that anyone can do. That morning I literally grabbed a map and circled all the main icons of Paris and just walk from one to the other. Start from the nearest icon to you and make a loop. Yes it’s that easy!!! My loop went in the order of the photos below.

By Jamie Davila – Full Story at Breakaway Backpacker | Paris Gay Travel Resources

Carlos Melia: Lunch and Dinner in Paris

Author: , October 11th, 2015

Carlos Melia Paris

Yesterday, being a Sunday, I’ve decided to have a very local day. My morning began working at RUBINSINGER’s Showroon in Trocadero and from there after our morning appointments, I went to one of my favorite spots in Paris, the ‎Marche Vernaison‬ in ‎St Ouen‬. Where I enjoyed a kitsch French lunch at my classic chez Louisette.

This place always makes me so happy. After that I spend my early afternoon walking around the market, Antique browsing and shopping.

As it was quite a lovely day, I decided to walk for almost and hour and a half from St Ouen back to Trocadero, doing a quick stop at Jardins du Ruisseau for a cup of coffee by the rail tracks.

I did some more work, and after that enjoyed a lovely Italian dinner in our arrondissement of Trocadero, with this iconic views at DiVino. That was my gourmet day in Paris as a local.

By Carlos Melia – Full Story at the Carlos Melia Blog | Paris Gay Travel Resources