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terrace of Samaritaine
Even if it is wet and raining, Samaritaine's terrace still looks good.

In Return for Rome's Mayor Last Week,
a CD from Milano This Week

by Ric Erickson

Paris:- Monday, 10. November 1997:- It feels good that the weather has decided to be normal for this time of year. It is not good for some people because it has also decided to be stormy in some places.

But around Paris, breezes are a welcome change; making the sky worth looking at occasionally because there are things happening up there. Sometimes there a big white fluffy clouds scooting from west to east, and sometimes there are very grey clouds bearing down.

It is not really cold yet, with all this hint of rain around, and anybody visiting these days should be able to get by with a coat and hat.

Retailers have got a lot of posters up now for warmer clothing and down in the métro, where it is always warm, some of the underwear posters are interesting - if you like your peep shows to be metres-wide.

There are a lot of other interesting posters in the métro tunnels now - and it seems as if there are too many autumn colors interesting things going on. Maybe this is the reason this issue has two poster pages. The actual reason for it is I had sort of one apple and one orange and I didn't want to put them together, so I found two more to make it symmetrical.

We get some color here, but it depends on how bright it is.

I especially like the idea of the RATP winning some award for their big 'M' anti-pollution poster, because I liked it the first time I saw it. From a topical point of view, the RATP had it in the métro and around town before the summer pollution crises; so it shows they have the right idea.

They are a bit worried though, because they are facing the prospect of having to order umpteen dozen new diesel buses, and they are wishing they could get ones which use some sort of other fuel. I recently saw however, that they are looking into some sort of liquified gas, but I don't know if this is something they could get for their next order or if it is further down the line somewhere.

At any rate, right now the winds from the Atlantic are blowing through Paris and it is all pretty fresh.

Metropole Paris Featured on Ulysee Net's 'Parigi' CD-ROM

A while ago I was flattered to get a request from the Italian publisher, Shendene, to put an issue of Metropole on their CD-ROM, 'Ulysee' - which will be sold on newsstands in Italy.

This is a new venture by this firm, which has publications in the field of electronic publishing - and the idea is to narrow the plethora of available Web sites, for a public not yet connected to the 'Net or for those just starting out.

Each CD-ROM features a major topic or theme, and Metropole is - supposed to be - featured on the just released title, 'Parigi.'

Chiara Villotta, of Ulysee Net wrote, "The main objective of our new publication is to provide an innovative tool aimed at promoting the Internet and, in particular, the best sites to be found."

Although slated for October release, I received a copy of the CD-ROM on Friday. I'm not sure of its issue date. I could not find any CDROM Parigi and stamps Metropole URLs in the featured sites' index; but did find URLs for the 'Ric's Report' features which appeared in 'The Paris Pages.'

The Ulysee CD-ROM 'Parigi' cover and accompanying stamps from Italy.

Not finding Metropole could have been oversight on my part, due partly to having jammed the drawer of my CD-ROM drive so that it won't open - and finding the landscape of the backup machine to be somewhat foreign.

The Web site for Ulysee Net has 'Parigi' listed, but pages for 'Parigi' were 'under construction' when consulted yesterday. The site itself is in Italian, so if you know this language or just like to look at it and wish you did know it, then it is well worth a visit.

Exhibition: 'L'Inconnu, l'Amour, la Poésie'

Philippe Soupault was born 100 years ago expo: Soupault and is remembered as a grand poet and as a pioneer of the surrealist adventure. Apollinaire dedicated 'Alcools' to him with the words, 'Au Philippe Soupault, très attentivement," which he presented to Breton.

This exhibition deliberately puts the accent on Soupault the poet, with manuscripts of his works - such as 'Champs Magnétiques' - plus other works, photographs, engravings, and paintings.

Galerie Colbert - Bibliothèque Nationale
2. rue Vivianne, Paris 2.
From Friday, 21. November until Wednesday, 31. December. From 12:00 to 18:00 daily except Saturdays and public holidays. No Entry charge.

Alfred de Vigny et les Arts

Taught design by his mother, then a student of Girodet, Alfred de Vigny was sensible to art at an early age. Like Hugo, Musset, Merimée and Gautier, he dreamed of an alliance between artists expo: Alfred de Vigny and poets. This exhibition attempts to be the re-creation of a virtual dialogue between the two.

A unity of inspiration is shown by manuscripts, letters, paintings and sculptures, done by artists and writers who de Vigny knew; some of them done after his death. With the objects on display - most of them little-known - one penetrates to the interior of de Vigny's imagination.

Musée de la Vie Romantique
From Saturday, 22. November to 1. March 1998.
Open from 10:00 to 17:40 daily except Mondays.
16. rue Chaptal, Paris 9. Info Tel.: 01 48 74 95 39.

Vernissage: Scène Est

If you are tired of staying home night after night watching re-runs - or even first-runs - on TV night in and night out, day in and day out; in short, if you have never been invited to a 'Vernissage' in Paris, then I am inviting you to one. A 'vernissage' is, by the way, an opening party in which the guests are invited to come and get 'varnished' while looking at Art.

The scene is Scène Est and the time is next Saturday - 15. November - and the time is from 16:00 to 21:00. Scène Est is an association of six modern-art galleries in the rue Louise Weiss. This is Paris 13 and close to métro station Chevaleret on line six. If you can't get through enough 'varnish' before 21:00, you can always head down Louise Weiss and then down rue du Chevaleret to the Irish pub there.

Last Minute: Auction

This is almost too late, unless you are in Paris, because it is happening one week from today. Drouot's sale at the Palais des Congrès is called 'Solo Alfa Romeo' and most of the cars on the block come from the collection of Fernand Masoero, who was once a driver for Alfa - for about 20 years. Among the cars at auction next Monday will be a 1948 Alfa Romeo 6C2500 Super Sport convertible, with the body by Pininfarina. Estimate is 350,000 francs. I wonder what color it is?

Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 1.38 - 11. November 1996 featured the columns - Metropole Diary's 'A Century to Remember' count-down eiffel and 'Au Bistro' had - 'Remember the 20th Century, Cafés Close and Snails Race.' The articles in the issue were 'The 800 Year-Old Road to Montmartre - Almost Right Near Where Molière Might be Buried' - 'The Fragonard Museum - Two Heads, Six Legs and All True' and 'The Passage Jouffroy - Window-Shopping With Warm Feet.' There were two 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week rounded off the issue.

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 2000:

Only 782 days left to go.

Regards, Ric
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