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The 'Mobilis' Ticket is the Ticket

The Paris transit authority, RATP, and its partner, the SNCF, have a vast variety of local ticket options and sometimes it's hard to tell if something is new, or has simply been lost in a clutter of options.

This 'Mobilis' ticket may be a View at Bercy new one, because after I accidently noticed it on sale, I also noticed that there are unattractive posters advertising it.

It might be a good value. The one-day 'Mobilis' ticket costs 30 francs for unlimited travel within Paris' zones one and two; 40 francs for zones one to three; and 70 francs a day for five zones. This ticket is good for the métro, buses, the RER and some suburban buses.

For reference, Paris' zones one and two include the near suburbs, and zone three takes in most of the mid-outer ones. Versailles, Saint-Germain-en-Laye and Orly are all in zone four and the Charles-de-Gaulle airport at Roissy is in zone five.

Services not included for use with the 'Mobilis' ticket are the special Orly/Roissy Bus, the Orly/Roissy Rail and the OrlyVal rail service. I think it is possible to take an ordinary RER - line B3 - to the airport at Roissy with it.

Coming Events:

73rd Montmartre 'Slow' Race

This is a race of antique cars, up the rue Lepic, in Montmartre. The last vehicle to finish the 607 metre course is the winner.

Sunday, 25. May. Start, at 10:00 in front of La Pomponette, 47, rue Lepic. Finish: sometime after 11:00 at La Mère Catherine, in the place du Tertre.

Country Show International

This is a salon showing off hunting, fishing, golf and riding equipment; with animations, initiations and demonstrations.

At the Hippodrome d'Auteuil
Friday, 23. May to Sunday, 25. May; from 10:00 to 20:00. In the Bois de Boulogne, at the racetrack. Entry charge unknown. Info Tel.: 01 41 40 32 32.

Up in the Air with Toulouse-Lautrec

'Up in the air' being on the 56th floor of the Tour Montparnasse, where you will find the 'Itineraire d'un Maître: Toulouse-Lautrec du Château du Bosc au Sommet de Paris.'

This show features a presentation of the collections of the Château du Bosc in the Aveyron. Souvenirs of the painter, family photos, designs, palettes... The exposition places 'Uncle Henri' within his life-context, from youth to maturity, in a magic location where he was happy.

Tour Montparnasse
Until Thursday, 3. July. 9:30 to 23:30 daily. Entry fee is probably the same as for the ride to the top, but for more information, phone 01 45 38 52 56.

Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 1.13 - 30. May 1996 featured the columns - Metropole 'Diary' - A Photograph of Gloom; and 'Au Bistro' - Loto, Jazz and Sports, Losers and Winners. Articles in the issue were: Propellers by the Hundreds - Little Club Puts On Big Air Show; The House of Photos - Contents Unknown Due to Lack of Appointment; Pull, Mac and Brolly to Go - As Damart Used to Say: Me Cold? Never! Plus the week's Paris Posters and Ric's Cartoon of the Week.

Regards, Ric

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