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In France, Beaujolais Nouveau is sold in super-supermarkets and the trend is to Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau, and its price is close to 20 francs a bottle.

Later on, when I tried to do a role-call of bottles, they were fuzzy.

Elsewhere in Paris, the Salon National des Vins de Caves Particulières starts on Wednesday at the Espace Champeret, and runs through to Monday, 1. December. It costs 40 francs to enter the salon but this includes some free tasting. Open from 10:00 to 20:00 daily.

Exhibitors are the smaller wine producers from around France, and some 910 of them will have a presence here. If you like to talk about wine with the people who make it, this is the chance. People who make it usually like to talk about it too, so I don't think serious drinking goes on here.

Some tips: go with a friend so that you can exchange impressions. The Guide to the salon is handy to have, and take the glass if one is offered at the entry.

Other, Uplifting Things To Do

It may not be the season for it, and I cannot say parc de Bercy I know it myself, but the Parc de Bercy was inaugurated last September in eastern Paris. It is supposed to be the same size as the new Parc Andre-Citroen in the west, which opened in the 15th arrondissement in 1992.

The park has 'water effects' of some sort, but until spring comes I recommend going there with an umbrella.

The Parc de Bercy is located beside the Seine in the 12th arrondissement, right beyond the pyramid of the Palais des Omnisports of Bercy. The park is not far from métro stop Bercy, on the line six.

Exhibition: Splendeurs Persanes

The Bibliothèque Nationale is presenting a exhibition of illustrated Persian manuscripts, which follow precise aesthetic rules establishing relationships between poetry, painting and calligraphy. Each of the 160 manuscripts on display is, for these reasons, a 'chef-d'oeuvre.'

These manuscripts represent six centuries of production that follow a line through the history of Persia's grand dynasties. Many Splendeurs Persans were conceived as illustrated Korans - but, for example, the Mongol invasion in the 13th century introduced traces of Chinese styles of painting.

Splendeurs Persanes - 12th to 17th Century Manuscripts Thursday, 27. November, until 1. March 1998
Galerie Mazarine, Bibliothèque Nationale de France
58. rue de Richelieu, Paris 2.
Métro stops: Bourse or Palais-Royal
Every day from 10:00 to 19:00; closed Mondays
Entry: 35 francs, reduced: 24 francs
Catalogue: 240 pages, 290 francs
Info Tel.: 01 47 03 81 12

Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 1.40 - 25. November 1996 featured the columns - Metropole Diary's 'André Malraux 1901-1976' and 'Au Bistro' had - 'Sydney Beats Paris to Beaujolais Punch?.' The articles in the issue were 'Fair Deal Restaurant in High-Rent District count-down eiffel Tested for Good Value, - Le Palet Gets Three Forks, Two Spoons' - 'The Crowd that Wasn't - This Isn't the Story It Started Out To Be' - 'The South Pacific in Paris - Musée des Arts d'Afrique et d'Océanie, Part I' and 'Africa! Africa! - Musée des Arts d'Afrique et d'Océanie, Part II.' 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 767 days left to go.

Regards, Ric
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