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The Michelin Guide Is Now Online

Wouldn't you know, but the one bit of really hard news that I stumbled into by chance at the Salon du Livre last week, I forgot to include in the report.

Michelin, world-famous for its tires and its maps and guides, now has an online presence. I was given a quick demonstration at the salon, First spring flowers and if you are planning any sort of visit to France, having a look at this site will be worth your while.

Say you are planning to drive from Paris to Toulouse. The site presents a form, giving you plenty of options such as autoroutes or the older 'routes nationals' and you make your selections and hit 'send.'

The server's software takes into account everything you've chosen, and presents your itinerary - with all the hotel, restaurant, and 'sights' you want - and it will tell you the amount of autoroute tolls, the distance, and even the estimated time it will take to drive it.

There is a lot more to the site than just this. There is also an area for professional drivers and here the information can cost some money. Michelin has a whole raft of subscription options as well - but the free part should be adequate for most casual travellers. If not, the site can accept a mini-payment of about 16 francs, for a full individual report.

Michelin Online Travel Guide

Coming Exposition and Event

'Pascin - Gravé la Nuit'

In my wanderings around Montparnasse, the name of Jules Pascin has popped up more than occasionally. Besides all the Americans enjoying Montparnasse in the 1920's with their hard dollars, there were a very considerable contingent of French artists, writers, actors, dancers, painters, models and other people who took part in the decade-long party.

Starting on Thursday, 27. March, the Bibliothèque Nationale will be presenting over a hundred examples of Pascin's works - mostly engravings, but also including other items such as illustrations for books and magazines. This is part of an important donation made to the BN by Hermine David and Lucy Krohg, which was supplemented by a further donation of 188 pieces by Guy Krohg.

This is the largest single collection of Pascin's works and includes proofs he pulled himself, of which there are very few copies.

Galerie Colbert, 2. Rue Vivienne or 6. Rue des Petits-Champs? Paris 2. Métro: Bourse or Palais-Royal. From Thursday, 27. March until Saturday, 14. June. Open daily except Sundays from 12:00 to 18:30. Entry is free. Catalogue with 39 illustrations, 25 francs.

The International Scale Model and Game Salon

The 18th Salon Mondial de la Maquette, Modèle Réduit et Jeux opens its door at Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, on Saturday, 5. April and runs through to Sunday, 13. April. This big show is mostly about things people make as hobbies, and quite often these include working models such as ships and Salon Maquette Poster space rockets - and in Paris-Expo's big Hall 1 there is plenty of airspace for aerial displays.

Open daily from 10:00 to 19:00; until 22:00 on Friday, 11. April. Entry for adults costs 63 francs, for kids six to 12, 43 francs, and under six, free. Métro: Porte de Versailles or Balard - lines eight and 12. Bus: lines 39, 49, 80 and PC.

You can expect a report about this salon to appear in Metropole in issue 2.14 or more likely, in issue 2.15, which will appear on a screen near you Monday, 14. April.

Jobs in France, In Paris, Maybe

The non-profit service organization, WICE, is holding a 'Careers Fair' in Paris on Saturday, 19. April, and it's free. There will be lectures every 30 minutes to tell you how to write a French-type résumé, some guerrilla tactics and other tips - including info about who's hiring now.

Recruitment agencies will be on hand to look at your brand-new French CV, and there should be some personnel people from a few companies as well. I found out this is a come-as-you-are affair, so it is strictly an in-person scene - you have to be in Paris to take advantage of it, although you can register by e-mail; write to 103120.2031@compuserve.com to register or for info.

WICE, 20 boulevard du Montparnasse, Paris 15. Métro: Duroc or Falguière. Tel.: 01 45 66 75 50 or fax.: 01 40 65 96 53. Hours of the one-day Fair: 10:00 to 18:00.

Happy Easter to all Metropole readers and especially any readers who are bunnies!

Regards, Ric
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