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Parc de la Villette
211. avenue Jean-Jaurés, Paris 19. For reservations call 08 03 07 50 75, and just for information: 08 03 30 63 06. (Be cool - these may be toll numbers.)

Le 12th Festival de la Goutte-d'Or

Montmartre is up to funny business again with this annual party, to be held from next Friday, 27. June until Sunday, 6. July. You can get the program from the Salle Saint-Bruno or the Mairie of the 18th, at the place Jules-Joffrin, or call 01 49 23 05 14 for more information. The main thing, is all the events and attractions are free.

14th Chopin Festival

Running from now until Monday, 14. July, there will be a series of concerts, to be held in the Organerie of the Bagatelle in the Bois de Boulogne. In the afternoons, around 16:30, the entry is 100 francs, and the evening candlelight concerts cost 150 francs, and will begin at 21:00. The program is long and varied - you should call for information, 01 43 39 87 07, and for Chopin especially, 01 45 01 74 99.

The Floral Park out at the Château de Vincennes is also having a series of concerts; classical, jazz and for younger listeners. The complete programs for both sets of concerts can be obtained from the Paris Tourist Office and from the reception hall at the Hôtel de Ville.

The Foire Saint-Germain
Ferris wheel in Tuileries

Mentioned last week but worth a reminder, this foire, with 820 years of history behind it is worth at least a casual glance. There is singing, dancing, theatre, exhibitions of paintings and artists, and book sellers' stands - mostly located at the place Saint-Sulpice. This 'foire' runs to the end of the month. Find the program at the Mairie of the 6th, at 78 rue Bonaparte, or phone 01 40 46 75 12 for more information.

Fête des Tuileries

If your kids are wearing you out complaining about being dragged through endless métro tunnels to see a lot of 'art' and 'culture,' get your credit charged up and take them to the annual 'fête forain' in the Tuileries Gardens; It runs until Sunday, 24. August.

The big wheel is in place even if the weather isn't.

Features rides, ferris wheel with good view of the Louvre and Rivoli, plus the usual ikky cotton candy junk. Open daily from 11:00 to midnight, and to 01:00 on Fridays, Saturdays and the eve of public holidays. Métro Tuileries will get you there. There are also plenty of other things to sneak off and do while your kids are whirling around, so let them have their wretched excesses.

Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 1.19 -1. July 1996 featured the columns - Metropole 'Diary' - Nonsense in Paradise; and 'Au Bistro' - Logical Start to Tour de France: in Holland. Articles in the issue were: In the rue Quincampoix - Turning Coin into Paper; Sorry for the Inconvenience - Marble Malls and Renovations; and Bring Money or Plastic - Half-Price Wooden 'Garage' Shirt - Paris On Sale! Ric's Cartoon of the Week rounded off the issue.

It appears as if I have somehow gotten a week ahead of 'One count-down eiffel Year Ago.' This could have happened any one of several ways, but is probably due to me not knowing today's date - after writing 'Coming Events.' I can skip this feature next week, or hope that a surprise 'week-back-leap' happens before then.

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 2000: Only 922 days left to go.

Regards, Ric
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