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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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