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It's Your Magazine as Much as Mine

by Ric Erickson

Metropole Paris:- Monday, 14. April 1997:- This week's issue of Metropole has been largely generated by suggestions from readers' eMail, either by questions about Paris - Chickens on the Quais - or by outright curiosity - What are Skeletons Doing Buried Under the rue François-Miron? - or simply by an enthusiastic celebration on the wonders of champagne on a warm terrace.

I was able to treat all these subjects more or less successfully because there were no big salons or exhibitions during the week. If there were, and there always are some, well... I missed them.

To miss events in Paris causes no great damage because there are so many. The 'big' ones are hard to avoid; but I have to keep a sharp eye peeled for the little ones. They can sneak up and be over before I read about them in the papers. Some of these don't even Boulevard St. Germain make news, and it is only when I accidently pass an out-of-date poster that I realize I've missed something.

On the boulevard Saint Germain in spring.

I started the article on the Beaux-Arts area of the Latin Quarter in early March. The day started bright but was thoroughly grey by the time I got there - and I wasn't too happy with the photos. And two other features sort of 'popped' up and made doing the work on 'Beaux-Arts' somewhat redundant.

A request for some photos from Norman Barth of the Paris Pages sent me back there last week, and I had a bit more time to sort of re-do the March photos, so I did. Going home from there I could have taken the métro, or I could go across the nearby Pont des Arts to catch the métro at Louvre, so I did.

It was super out over the river and I would have stayed there if I'd had a lunch to eat on the spot; the air was so clear and the city seemed so calm.

Riding into the city one noon, a couple of small boys dressed all in jeans took the seat opposite me in the métro, and their father sat beside me. Institut de France and Pont des Arts One of the boys said something in German, so I said hello to the father. As the boys are not in school, this family had the option of not coming at Easter - and got the good weather tossed in as a bonus. The family was from Goslar, in the Harz mountains area of northern Germany.

From the Cour Carrée, view towards the Pont des Arts and the Institut de France.

How amazed then, some hours later, while checking out chickens - to find the best singing canary in a bird and fish shop on a Seine Quai, was a bird from the Harz too. No, canaries do not come from the Harz originally; they are from the Canary Islands of course - but there is some breeder and trainer of first-class singing birds way up there in the Harz.

If I have to retire from this job and start doing something for a living, I wonder what I'll do with all this really useful information I'm picking up?

That's then, this is now: Monday. The next issue is a total blank today. Just like this issue was last Monday.

Anti-Terrorist Measures Beefed Up? Mixed Report:

I wrote last week, "the big [trashcans] out at La Défense, have now got deep-dish paella pans on top of them, for people to toss their old tickets and trash into." Just as I was patting myself on the back for not reporting that they are open for use, this week I see that the 'paella pans' Rue Bontemp on top are gone and the big bins are now fully operational again. They do have a changed-look to them, and I wonder if there is something about them I can't see.

During the week I've seen a lot more police and guards and even a few more soldiers around than usual. There was supposed to be some sort of an 'alert' on, but I don't remember what it was for. The RATP ticket checkers are very active and I have begun to see their SNCF counter-parts again as well.

Some Coming Events and Other Items:

1300th Birthday for Marly

It may be a little bit out of the way, but the small town of Marly-le-Roi is celebrating its1,300th anniversary next Friday, 25. April. As the poster says, there will spectacles and animations; largely turning around Marly's not inconsiderable history - located as it is, between Saint-Germain-en-Laye and Versailles, and once the site of a château of its own - namely Louis XIV's country house.

The 'old village' of Marly has not been over-run with chic boutiques, and the large Parc de Marly is worth a visit, if only to see where the château was - and to see the well-known 'Chevaux de Marly' - which I believe are copies of the two sets of originals, now located in Paris.

Next Friday's celebration starts at 18:30, behind the Hôtel de Ville, in the Salle des Fêtes. Marly can be easily reached from Paris by way of the SNCF line which runs to St. Nom-le- Bretèche from Gare Saint-Lazare, or can be boarded at the SNCF platform at La Défense. The ride takes about 30 minutes, and it is about a 10-minute walk to the Hôtel de Ville.

French Chapter: 'Deadheads'

'Eyes of the World' present at Glaz'Art: 'Terrapin Station' - a Four Wheels Drive Dance Concert with Les Brelouzes, Les Ewoks and Deadicace Alifib. On Saturday, 26. April at 20:30. Entry: 60 francs, 40 francs for members of E.O.W. Drinks from 15 to 30 francs. Lightshow by Solune. 'Non à la Drogue.' Glaz'Art, 7/15 avenue de la Porte de la Villette, Paris 19. Reservations: 01 47 95 07 91. Free parking. 'Do Not Stop on the Tracks'

Expositions

'La Parisienne à la Belle Epoque'
Costume from 1800 to 1910 - bathing suits, tailored suits and evening dresses. Until 29. July - from 10:00 to 17:40, closed Mondays. Palais Galliera, Musée de la Mode et du Costume.
10. Avenue Pierre-1er-de-Serbie, Paris 16.

'C'Etait Paris dans les Années 50'
Reconstructions of boutiques and apartments, presenting aspects of the lives of Années 50 at Hôtel de Ville Parisians after the war and in the 1950's. Ordinary objects, posters, newspapers and magazines and photos. Until Saturday, 7. June - closed Sundays.
Salon de Acceuil - Hôtel de Ville
Place de la Hôtel de Ville, Paris 4.

Foire de Paris Starts Next Saturday

Paris' Annual Super Exhibition

This monster show takes up most of the exhibition space each year at Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, and as in past years will feature a lot of regional food and drink, and the ever-popular Concours Lépine - the inventor's show.

From Saturday, 26. April until Thursday, 8. May.
Hours 10:00 to 19:00; plus early openings on weekends and May Day. Late 22:00 closings on Tuesday, 29. April and Tuesday, 6. May.Full entry price is 45 francs, foreigners 35 francs, children 14 to seven - 25 francs and under seven, free.

Regards, Ric
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