The night before, I posted a Facebook status asking all my friends if they can give me some tips on which places should I visit the next day in Paris. I already have some things in my mind but I felt like I needed to seek some advice from all my well-traveled friends as well. One reply I got was from a French guy himself and of course being a guy, he suggested for me to go to Pigalle. (Men!) To be honest though, I have totally forgotten about that area until he reminded of it. I’ve read some horrible stories about that area on tripadvisor which is probably the reason why it somehow didn’t cross my mind anymore when I was trying to do my itinerary that night. Well, having been to Montmartre which also had a lot of horrible reviews on tripadvisor which I haven’t even seen/experienced when I was there, I changed my mind about Pigalle too and immediately included it in my itinerary for the next day.
I started my Pigalle discovery tour from the iconic Moulin Rouge along Blvd de Clichy. It was actually a pretty decent area to walk around and because I didn’t want to miss anything, I walked along the pedestrian aisle in the middle of this boulevard. It was quite an interesting walk and it will really turn your curiosity on. My thoughts all the time that I was walking there was “what could be behind those curtains?”
Having seen one of those “ping pong” shows in Patong area in Phuket, I don’t think it will be any different from what they have in Pigalle. Or is it? Can anyone let me know please? 🙂 To satisfy my curiosity, I went inside one of the sex shops. I chose the one which was the biggest, about 4 stories of all things kinky – called Sexodrome. With a building that huge, this place means business. It’s impossible to miss as it’s the biggest sex shop there is in the area and the entrance actually looks like you’re about to enter a theatre. It is also right across a metro station which if I’m not mistaken is the Pigalle station. Photos and taking videos inside is not allowed, not that I would take one even if it was allowed. The store sells videos, kinky outfits and even kinkier sex toys to match the outfit. It was interesting and funny at the same time. At some point, a store attendant approached me and tried to explain how a questionable thing that I was holding works. She probably saw the confused look on my face while I was studying that little piece of rubber which looked to me like a tiny rabbit. Then she asked me if I wanted to buy it, no but merci!
I’ve read somewhere that it also had an erotic library shop and some sauna, jacuzzi and peep show booths. Massage is also on offer, I was told. I’ve seen some blow-up dolls with different hair colors, it really is funny. Half the time I was just chuckling while browsing thru what they have and it’s fascinating as to how they were able to think that someone out there might need it.
Another fascinating thing about Pigalle is the fact that the Sacre Coeur Basilica is literally just steps away from it. I guess some people do go to the Basilica after a sinful day in Pigalle to seek for forgiveness. LOL.
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