Weather Deranges Forest
are facing the same way as everybody in
the Luxembourg gardens, across the street.
Hide and Seek for Panthers
While Golden October Drones On
by Ric Erickson
Paris:- Monday, 27. October 1997:- I have
erroneously announced the end of 'Golden October' several
times prematurely, but the dang thing just keeps lingering
on. It is getting quite chilly at night and sometimes there
is fog in the mornings, but usually the afternoons are
clear and sunny - with temperatures about 15 degrees.
This is causing residents and visitors alike to moult
and it is not a pretty sight. All the people sitting in the
Luxembourg with their faces pointed like sunflowers towards
the sun, reminded me of a photo of an audience at one of
the early 3-D movies. There is really something strange
going on here.
Take, for example, the case of the wild deer in the
nearby forest of Saint-Germain. Over the weekend I had not
bothered with TV-news until last night, when I was
astounded to see police, firemen, gendarmes and army
personnel, hunting through the forest for this wild
I see now that Le Parisien was 'on the story' long
before me because they mention it in Saturday's edition.
The reports say the animal was sighted by several witnesses
and that they had found tracks.Golden October may
drone on, but I've abandoned the 'Great Pencil Hunt.'
But when I turned on the TV last night, I learned that
all the king's horses and all the king's men' could not
find anything larger than a large dog. So much for their
And so much for my wretched dictionary. It says a
'fauve' is a deer, but it seems as if this mini-army is
looking for some sort of lion or tiger, or cougar, or
panther - some big tom cat maybe - but they did catch this
If it doesn't turn out to be the culprit, and their
traps fail, and their plan of encirclement fails - then
they will have to call on their helicopter with its
Since this wasn't effective last time they were looking
for the hot-car artists, I don't have much hope for their
success with this hunt. The much nearer Forêt de
Marly is supposed to have wild pigs in it, but you never
hear anybody complaining about them.
I drive through the forest several times a week and it
looks like it is in good shape - because few leaves have
fallen, it is still very dense. I don't know about
Saint-Germain, but you are not allowed to hunt in the Marly
Forest. It belongs to the Louis.'Some
Berlin, Mutations Urbaines
Exhibition of photographs, done by five French
photographers sent to Berlin by the Archipresse Agency in
1995-96, to capture the urban metamorphosis of the German
city as it gets transformed from a stagnant 'Island' into
its proper place as a great European capital.
The photographs in this show display more of the urban
tissue and human fabric of Berlin, than mere architectural
photos. One of the photographers, Vincent von Wroblewsky,
was born in Clermont-Ferrand to parents who were born in
Berlin. Mr. Wroblewsky took up residence in East Berlin in
1950 and studied and worked there until 1991.
This show is part of Paris' German season this fall -
which actually began with the exhibition about the 'Franks'
at the Petit Palais last April.
At the Musée Carnavalet, 23. rue de
Sévigné, Paris 3.Histoire des Forêts - from the
13th to 20th Centuries
Starting Wednesday, 5. November, until Sunday, 18. January
Open daily except Mondays from 10:00 to 17:40.
Entry: 35 francs and 25 francs, reduced.
Entry includes access to the museum's permanent collection,
as well as another exhibition entitled, 'Paris et les
Parisiens au Temps du Roi Soleil,' which runs concurrently.
The bilingual catalogue of 88 pages with 62 photographs is
the forest from which man feeds to the forest for pastimes,
this exhibition retraces for a thousand-year period, the
evolution between man and the forest. Over 200 items are on
display; documents, engravings, photos, postcards and art
objects are used to show the life and history of forests in
Until Monday, 19. January 1998.
Bi-annual - Voyages en Marionettes
Open daily except Mondays; from 12:00 to 18:00.
Musée de la Histoire de France, Centre Historique
des Archives Nationales,
Hôtel de Rohan,
87. rue Vielle-du-Temple, Paris 3. Bus number 29.
Marionettes from Europe and from the far east, with films
and exhibitions. At various locations in
Fontenay-sous-Bois, Val de Marne. Starts Friday, 7.
November and runs through to Tuesday, 2. December. The
program is varied and a bit complicated, so be sure to
phone 01 48 76 59 39 for information and
Metropole One Year Ago
Issue 1.36 - 28.
October 1996 featured the columns - Metropole Diary's
'Multimedia Leaves French Cold and 'Au Bistro' had - 'Heavy-Duty
Education.' The articles in the issue were 'Mellow Yellow
in the Jardin du Luxembourg - Another Last Best Day of the
Year?' - 'Halloween in France, a Week Early - Witches Haunt
Public Marché in Broad Daylight' and 'Weather Report
from Buci - Halloween Posters and Concentrated History in
the Latin Quarter.' There were two 'Posters of the Week'
and Ric's Cartoon of the Week rounded off the
The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 2000:
Only 796 days left to go.Regards, Ric