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The most famous club in France the Moulin Rouge

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If sampling the delights of the more risqué forms of entertainment in European cities is the perfect ingredient for a weekend away for you, then do not miss out on one of the infamous Paris cabarets, best showcased at the Moulin Rouge. Famed for beautiful women, costumes slimmed down from the most intimate of undergarments and an underground atmosphere in even the most well-known of venues, cabaret in Paris is unrivalled.

For pomp, gaiety and a riotous good time look no further than the Moulin Rouge show, now in its 121st year of being the hub of explosive cabaret in the city. Unfortunately the elephant so prominent in the 2001 film with Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor no longer stands, but the club still stages the greatest show on earth on a nightly basis in terms of imagination and pure electricity on stage.

If giant animals are a must for any viewing experience then the current show Féerie contains a giant aquarium of deadly snakes in which skilled, brave and hopefully very well-paid dancers frolic in the midst of these terrifying animals. As well as risking their lives, limbs are also in near-mortal danger with such displays of acrobatics and energetic athletics that Russian Olympic gymnasts would fail to keep up.

The Moulin Rouge club takes the art of burlesque to the absolute extreme whilst transporting the audience back to the Belle Époche of cabaret and loaded looks from dancers at the turn of the 20th Century. No longer the seedy hangout of lusty young artists looking for inspiration, crowds flock to see the masterful choreography of the Moulin Rouge show.

Complete with a restaurant incorporated into the seating area a night at the Moulin Rouge is certainly an opulent experience to be enjoyed with French cuisine and the finest wines and champagnes France has to offer.

Une soirée exceptionnelle in the city that doesn’t need to sleep to maintain its beauty!

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One of the best shows in Paris Crazy Horse

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The lights go down as eyes look up and a thrilled hush descends on the expectant audience. Slow, seductive music begins and the curtains onstage bristle then part to reveal five women wearing only…I won’t spoil the rest of the show at the Crazy Horse in Paris.

The spectacle has to be seen to be believed and there are no where near enough synonyms for ‘seductive’ to describe what goes on in this clandestine venue beneath the streets of the capital city of the country which gave the world ‘Je t’aime’, a song made up almost entirely of suggestive breathing.

As far away from the traditional images of cabaret as it is possible to get, the innovative use of lighting, staging and minimal costumes for the powerful performers in the Crazy Horse live show results in a show that looks as though a troupe of Bond girls has walked straight off the set of Avatar.

Frilly can-can skirts were thrown out with the last of the vin rouge in this converted wine cellar on Avenue George V, and the bizarre aesthetics of some of the acts require a double-take to make sure you are actually watching something so simple as a woman dancing on stage.

The women of the Crazy Horse are far from mere dancers though, with entrancing and bewitching names such as Zula Zazou, Jade Or, Psykko Tico and Nooka Karamel they entice and seduce the audience with one flick of their meticulously angular wigs. The Crazy Horse live experience is a marvel to behold; think more Cirque du Soleil without the acrobatics than Baz Lurhman’s Moulin Rouge!.

Psychedelic, daring, bizarre and more than a little bit sexually exciting the Crazy Horse show will have you hot under the collar the second the lights go down, without the lurid glances and dingy atmosphere of many of Paris’ lewd establishments in the sleazier parts of town.

The club has confirmed itself as the place to be seen for those in search of a truly avant-garde night with lashings of je ne sais quoi. Enjoy an evening of tasty entertainment with our Crazy Horse trip, which includes two drinks during the show and is a firm favourite with those who like to add a little spice to their nights out in foreign lands.

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Don’t be Scared of an Alternative Halloween Across the Channel

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Does the thought of having to find a costume for Halloween fill you with more dread than the haunting face of a man wielding a chainsaw? If so, Europe could be the answer. With some semblance of a cultural festival still being celebrated across the Channel you can take advantage of an excuse for a holiday without the dodgy eye make-up, fraying bandages and the handing out of ‘treats’ to hungry teenagers.

For a last minute trip Paris is the perfect option, and easily accessible. The city of love is slowly becoming one of horror for one night of the year only, but like the rest of Europe celebrates All Saints Day on November 1st, where the dead are honoured and the graves of loved ones are visited to pay respects. This also constitutes a national holiday so many attractions will be closed. The Paris Hop-on Hop-Off Bus takes in all the sights and runs all year, so while Parisians are paying their respects, the city can be explored. The route takes in all the most popular sites such as the Louvre, Champs de Mars, Notre Dame and the Champs-Élysée. continue reading

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Eat…Pray, Love

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You might wonder what taking a hop on hop off Rome tour, buying Last Supper tickets, and embarking upon a Venice gondola ride have in common with Julia Roberts. If you’ve seen her latest film, then you will know that one third of it takes place in Italy, where all three of the above experiences can be enjoyed. continue reading

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Winter Delights in Paris

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When the chilly November winds begin howling down the boulevards of Paris, the locals simply do as they always have: Turn up their collars, go about their business and complain archly that such weather is simply un-Parisian. For visitors however, winter in Paris can reveal a trove of treasures from cosy Paris boutique hotels to glistening markets that the summer tourist will never experience. Be sure to invest in a very warm coat with all the trimmings (boots, gloves and hats are highly recommended) and stay outside – there is much to see and do in the City of Love, even in winter.

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Alternative Travel in Spain

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Spain’s busiest beaches and exciting cities have been hot tourist spots forever. Independent travellers and those looking for an adventure will revel once in these buzzing centres but will soon crave more unique experiences on the Spanish peninsula. How about a road trip through one or more of Spain’s distinct regions, sampling culture and cuisine and staying in historic Paradores hotels?

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How to avoid being cheated in Paris cafés

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This is the other side of the medal, as they say in France, of those little old style Parisian cafés.
Nothing really illegal, but sometimes they bend the rules to the point that unsaavy tourists end up paying fat bills.
 
More light on this:
- Most cafés have a clear menu on each table, with all items and prices clearly displayed.
But others will only bring you a printed menu upon request. In some cases they assume that you
don’t need the menu for simple orders (coffee, drinks) and that’s precisely where they
get you. Your bill will show fantasy prices based upon the look of your clothes.
- The “riskier” areas are the famous Paris hop on hop off bus tourist spots: Ile de la Cité (around Notre Dame), Saint Michel, Saint Germain, the restaurants area around Les Halles/Chatelet.
-“Would you like some X with that?” is a typical strategy to sell you more without telling you
it’s more expensive, sometimes by a lot. Adding milk to coffee can add 1-2 euros.
Adding a side salad to a steak can add 4-6 euros to the bill.
- Serving a larger size than requested is quite typical, especially when hiding behind
linguistic incomprehension (sometimes faked). For example draught beers: the standard serving
is called “Démi” and it’s about 20cl. The larger option is called “Serieux” and is around 40cl, roughly the same as a British “pint”. Well, if you just ask for “a beer” without being specific, chances are you’ll get a pint, or even sometimes one full litre. For coffee: the default size for
coffee is a small cup, but don’t be surprised if you get a large bowl. A generic “café creme” order
will get you a large bowl unless you specify “petit” or “noisette”.

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How to pick the best holiday for you

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Different destinations appeal to different travellers for different reasons. We all fall under categories that determine where in the world we may end up. The categories are usually quite simple and obvious in most cases. Are you the traveller who can’t be bothered to do anything but sunbathe? Are you the one who wants to do everything active that every website, brochure, hotel clerk tells you is available? Are you all about culture and sightseeing or just abroad for the hot weather and a fancy hotel?

Destinations will always tell you they have everything but are you really going to go to Marrakech for beach life, The Great Barrier Reef or Uluru for old ruins, or Brooklyn for a taste of the Middle East? No, you’re not. They all have their own magic but it takes a specific type of traveller for each, to bring the magic to life. continue reading

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Live Travel Experiences Worldwide (Reiseerlebnisse)

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For our German Speaking readers, we found a great Blog where you can read lively traveler articles from two friends who meet on a Trip to New York (A German and a Russian).

Over the time they keept in touch by posting an article about all their Travel experiences.

For Germans have a look at Reiseerlebnisse

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Stylish things to do in Berlin this summer

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During summer, Berlin is brimming with events for fans of design, fashion and music. 2010 is heating up to be an exciting summer in Germany’s capital, especially after a sub-zero winter. As soon as the sun shines here, the inner city parks fill with families and friends to enjoy grilling and chilling in the fresh air. Aside from outdoor leisure activities, Berlin offers a huge range of cultural and style events.

From June 9 to June 13, 2010, the DMY Berlin Festival sets the trend barometer for the international design scene. Over a period of five days, leading creative minds share the newest projects of contemporary design and art. The Christopher Street Day Parade takes to Berlin streets on June 19th, 2010. In its thirty-two years of existence, the Christopher Street Day parade is one of the most flamboyant events and draws attention to gay rights and political activism. Fans of Urban streetwear fashion can revel in the two day trade show Bread & Butter which is held in the former Tempelhof Airport. The event showcases the latest street and urbanwear and attracts fashionistas from around the globe. In early fall, the inaugural Berlin Music Week provides a platform for associates of the music industry to mingle and exchange. The event takes place from September 6th until 12th, 2010 and features panel discussions and workshops surrounding topics such as media & technology, arts & making music as well as well-known key note speakers from around the world.

The variety of cultural events involving the whole spectrum of fashion and the arts, history and design attracts increasing numbers of visitors to this lively city each year. This is reflected in the growing number of unique and arty boutique hotels cropping up across the city. Last year’s opening of cool gay Axel Hotel, the Casa Camper and the arrival of the Soho House group add to the famous luxury abodes including the classic Kempinski Adlon. Perfect for visitors of all tastes and budgets visiting Berlin –and in whichever area you choose to reside, a plethora of cultural events and buzzing city life is sure to be right outside the door.

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