Backstage at the Lido
September 13, 2013
Paris. She is beautiful, mysterious, cultured and yes, a little snobbish at times. But lucky for us, she lets loose once a year to give us a sneak peek at her life behind the scenes. Last weekend marked the annual Journées du Patrimoine (Heritage Days) in Paris: 2 days where Parisians and visitors alike are granted a backstage pass to the city's main attractions.
Among some of the top stops are visits of the Mayor's office at Hôtel de Ville (City Hall), the Élysée (the White House of France) and the Banque de France. But we opted for something a little more...ahem...risqué. Le LIDO.
Opening it's doors in 1946 on the Avenue Champs-Élysées, the Venetian-decor inspired LIDO is still one of the world's best known cabaret and burlesque shows.
The trek backstage revealed hallways and closets filled with elaborate props, costumes and shoes made with artesian craftsmanship. Most of the selection we saw was created ten years ago yet still looks just as sharp today.
Parisianist Fun Fact: the average LIDO female performer wears a size 40 EU (10 USA) shoe.
Back on the floor, we got an up-close look at the life-sized faux elephant, more costumes and the main stage.
We only left with one question: who knew they had a pool? Well Paris. It's been fun. And until next year, we will just keep admiring you while wondering "how does she do it?"