An evening in a Paris style cabaret

Paris is one of the cities where whenever you come in winter or in summer you have much to do. Much sightseeing indoors and outdoors at light-time. Partying at night-time. Belowe, some scenes seen on an evening in Lido, one of the Paris cabarets.

During our last stay there we saw two shows, one in Moulin Rouge and the other one in Lido. In Moulin Rouge there is a strict ban on making shots. Lido also prohibits photographing, but the rules are not as strict as in Moulin Rouge. I asked for a permission to make shots. So here it is, an evening show in a Paris cabaret in a small gallery of pictures.
















Lido delivers a great show, but it a bit lighter than that of Moulin Rouge, where besides great bodies and great costumes the show delivers two quite dangerous stunts and more acrobatics. In both cabarets the quests are served champagne (included in the ticket price). Although much nudity is shown, the shows are not too tough for teenagers.

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Cheese and ham sandwich, the French version

My previous post was about a delicious cheese and ham sandwich made of croissant and Spanish ham and cheese served as a quick snack in Madrid. Cheese and ham sandwich is nothing unusual, but this combination I tasted the first time (>>>). This one reminded me of another kind of cheese and ham sandwich that I ate a month earlier in Paris.

Croque Monsieur is a French kind of cheese and ham sandwich served backed or fried. Besides bread or other kind of bakery, it consists of boiled ham and cheese (preferably emmentaler) flavoured with salt and pepper. Croque Monsieur has also a female version – the Croque Madame that is Croque Monsieur topped with a fried egg. The ones on the photo I ate somewhere at Mont Martre. However its is not the only possible way to serve a croque. The only fixed thing is the base ingredients. ‘Croquer’ stands in English for ‘to crunch’.


Croque Madame


Croque Monsieur

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Still on half timbered houses in Northern France

Half-timbering technique was a popular method to build houses in medieval and early modern times in Northern Europe (Denmark, England, Scotland, Germany / Prussia, parts of France and Switzerland). Houses were constructed by means of first timber framing of walls. The space between polls and planks was later filled in with other building material like stone, bricks, etc. In medieval cities to provide more housing space in houses built alongside narrow streets, many houses were constructed with overhangs of upper floors over the ground floor (called jetties).

The streets of historical towns in Northern France are a mixture of different architecture styles, sometimes well-preserved from the past, sometimes rebuilt after fires or war damage. On pictures above you can see three main characteristics: grey sand stone bricks,  slate roofs that sometimes cover also part of facades at upper floors and half-timbered walls with timber frames painted mostly in blue, red and green.

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