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New Paris Web Site and Other Links

by Ric Erickson

Issue 2.37:- Metropole Paris - Monday, 15. September 1997:- In retrospect, it seems like the last issue was the pre-rentrée - the one before the 'big return' - which has turned out to be this one.

This column is longer than usual, and 'Au Bistro' is very long - and still a lot of 'news' literally ended up on the floor. I only intended to do one feature, but chance presented the opportunity to do two and I couldn't resist.

Judging from email coming into my editorial bolt-hole here, Metropole has picked up some new readers. Welcome Ed in Spain to you, welcome to Paris, and a big welcome to all readers who may be rejoining Metropole after what I hope was an agreeable summer - or winter - depending on your hemisphere.

Your Ed in Spain, being a good visitor and soaking up the culture and historic sites.

I can't say this often enough - I really appreciate the ideas for articles and features that some of you are sending to me. When I can do them, it makes this magazine as much yours as mine - and when I can't do them for one reason or another, it is still true. Eighty percent of Metropole is you.

But don't get the wrong idea. All letters from you get equal attention, nearly as soon as they come in and even if no reply seems necessary, I try to respond with a 'Welcome' as sooner rather than never.

If you've written and received no reply, it is possibly because your return email address has a little bobo in it, or the Giant Internet Mailman in the Sky is out to lunch - as sometimes happens too.

This seems like a good time - while we are cranking up for the coming mad dash to our next big vacations - to ask if anybody is having any problems with access to the magazine.

For some time now I have been doing the geek-code which permits viewing Metropole online, and I try to keep it as 'browser-neutral' as I can - partly because I have little time to check the code with all the flavors of browsers available, but mostly because I don't know any 'geek' tricks. So, if it isn't working for you, let me know and I'll try to fix it.

I had two thousand words of other things to say, but heck! Let's go to Paris instead.

Two Events:

Official City Website 'Paris-Internet' Goes Online

Last Wednesday, without much fanfare, the City of Paris - known to Metropole readers as the Ville de Paris - launched its own website.

Metropole Paris welcomes 'Paris-Internet' to the online world. My first impression is that it is well-done without being overly tricky - and as it adds information content to the 350-odd pages now present, it will be a real asset for worldwide 'friends of Paris.'

The reported million-franc cost of the launch of the service may explain why the paper version of the city's 'Paris Selection' has suddenly disappeared from the Official Tourist Office on the Champs-Elysées.

The newspaper Le Parisien has faulted the new site for not being overloaded with trick features, and it points out that visitors to it will not find accounts of pollution warnings nor any tales of phantom voters in municipal elections - it is as they say, a 'site o-ffi-ciel.'

I do not know what Le Parisien might say about Metropole Paris. You can see right here it is especially poor in 'trick' features - no audio, no animations and no video in tiny little QuickTime screens, and no smell at all.

It is just updated with new everything every week.

Six Billion People

While checking out the Tour Eiffel's count-down display [see below] at Trocadéro, I noticed a big banner at the Musée de l'Homme announcing this exhibition. 'Six Billion' is sort of a banner 6 billion large number, so I went inside to find out about it.

First off, this is not a new show. It has been on since 21. September 1994 and a half-million (a small number) of visitors have already seen it. However, the duration of the exhibition has been prolonged and ts contents are being updated.


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