Standing on Kilometre Zero and looking up at the massive Notre Dame, I felt microscopic.
After being told of the city legend (if you stand on the official city center and look at Notre Dame, you will find yourself in that exact spot a year later), I was practicing some wishful thinking.
I don’t think I will ever use 72 hours more effectively than I did while I was in Paris. From exploring the stands set up along the Seine and spotting all the couples sitting along its banks, to walking from the Eiffel Tower to the Arc de Triumph at midnight, eating the best crepe of my life in the Luxembourg Gardens, squeezing through the crowd for a glimpse of the Mona Lisa, finding as many bookstores as possible and much more.
My favorite experience, however, was being able to attend the legendary Moulin Rouge.
(Yes, the Moulin Rouge from the 2009 song “Lady Marmalade” that we are all familiar with since I’m sure that was one of your first thoughts.)
Existing for over 125 years, Moulin Rouge is a world-renowned cabaret that does not disappoint. My experience was one full of laughs, glasses of champagne and endless entertainment. The cabaret ranged from a stage full of performers in immaculate costumes dancing and lip-syncing, performers zip lining across the room and a multitude of other indescribable acts. Keep in mind that the show is for mature audiences only, sorry no kids! It is an invaluable experience I would suggest to anyone visiting the famous city.
Paris exceeded its reputation and my short time spent there was unforgettable.
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