☆ Pigalle ☆
From place d’Anvers to place de Clichy, night revellers, neon lights and illuminated signs ensure that, almost for as long as Paris has existed, this area never sleeps..
In the Paris of yesteryear, wine, taxed at the entry to the city, was more expensive..
So, Montmartre was the lively out-of-town place to go with its mix of lower classes, artists, young women and free thinkers..
Later, the village was absorbed into the capital but the rowdiness continued..
Piano-bars, night clubs, private clubs, concert halls, café-theatres, music halls, dinner shows, pubs, sex-shops, cabarets lasted for three seasons or over one hundred years..
In the 1960s, Serge Gainsbourg sang “les petits gars de Liverpool” causing a sensation at the Bus Palladium..
When the Paris of Jacques Dutronc “awakes” at 5am, place Blanche – at the end of turbulent rue Fontaine – often looks the worse for wear..
But after a short rest, all is well again..