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Correction: 'Unstable' Weather Not At Fault

''Unstable' Weather Knocks Off Web-Server' was a headline used here last week to explain the inaccessibility of Metropole last weekend; until about 17:30 on Monday.

The problem turned out not to be the lightning storms I mentioned, but the equipment furnished by the server's Internet access suppliers, who will remain nameless.

Besides not watching their store over the weekend, the new equipment installed on Monday failed again last Wednesday, and it took them until about 17:28 on Thursday before Metropole was available again. Since I am not a technical guy and I have no direct dealings with these people, I can't say much about it that I'm allowed to write here.

Metropole's World Cup Links

Since just after the beginning of the year, a few links to World Cup sites have been a weekly item near the end of the 'Au Bistro' column - sort of in the guise of 'SportsNews.' The whole kabongle is now upon us, so I've moved these links to a page of their own. Doing this puts fans into a kind of a 'links ghetto,' except for one link there to an anti-World Cup Web site.

Continuing Exhibitions and Events:

Max Ernst Exhibition

Although well-known as a painter, Max Ernst was also a periodic sculptor. He seemed to do it while off on trips - to visit his pals Giacometti and Paul Eluard, or further off, on Long Island or in Arizona. The Centre Georges Pompidou is showing 110 pieces and 15 paintings at the centre itself.

Max Ernst, Galerie Sud, Centre Georges Pompidou
Daily from 10:00 to 22:00; closed Tuesdays. Until Monday, 27. July. Entry: 30 francs. This exhibition will move to the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf where it will be on show from 5. September to 28. November.

Beaubourg Moves to Paris' Modern Art Museum

This is an example of being totally renovated and showing your stuff off at the same time. Some 350 of the Centre Georges Pompidou's modern art treasures go on show at Paris' Museum of Modern Art, starting on Thursday, 18. June.

This is a long showing so it will be in three parts, with the third kicking in at the end of this coming October. All of the sub-classifications of modern art will be represented; from the fauves through to the 1981 'Psycho-sites' of Jean Dubuffet.

From Thursday, 18. June until Sunday, 19. September 1999.
Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
11. avenue du Président Wilson, Paris 16. Open from Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 to 17:30; weekends from 10:00 to 18:45. Closed Mondays. Entry: 30 francs; catalogue of 80 pages, 49 francs. Info. Tel.: 01 53 67 40 00.

Tea Parties at the Musée de la Vie Romantique

Throughout the rest of the month of June, public tea parties will be held in the idyllic gardens of the Musée de la Vie Romantique every day except Mondays, from 13:00 to 18:00.

Two young ladies prepare the goodies by using secrets learned from their grand-mothers, to the romantic sounds of fountains bubbling into a pool or something, full of 'red' fish and there is something about nesting birds as well.

Even if I don't get all these romantic details - my dictionary is tired - I have been in this museum's garden and if there are tea-parties in it, it is a good place for them to be - it is another bit of 'the country' in Paris.

Musée de la Vie Romantique
16. rue Chaptal, Paris 9. Open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 17:40. No entry charge for the gardens and the museum entry is only 17.50 francs. No reservations for the tea-party necessary; but, Info. Tel.: 01 48 74 95 38.

21st Foire Saint-Germain

Although this is only the 21st modern version of a 'Foire' which first took place 822 years ago, you shouldn't think there is a lot of moss growing on it.

The Foire is centered on the place Saint-Suplice, but actually takes place in six locations, includingphoto: foire st germain the Odéon theatre. Basically there will be exhibitions, concerts, and some theatre and dance, plus street animations.

Today is the last day for the antiques people at the Foire Saint-Germain.

Within the framework of the whole Foire, there will also be 'marchés - four in all. There will be antiques until today, the 'Marché de la Poésie' from 18. to 21. June, the 'Marché de la Bibliophilie' from 23. to 30. June and the 'Journées de la Céramique,' which lasts from 3. to 5. July.

The Foire Saint-Germain - until Sunday, 5. July. Jointly sponsored by the Mairie of the 6th arrondissement and the Mairie de Paris. Info. Tel.: 01 43 29 61 04.

Exhibition: 'La Gloire d'Alexandrie'

Apparently, this exhibition is supposed to interest children or a certain age. It has a lot of underwater items in it. On show until 26. July at the Petit Palais on the avenue Winston-Churchill; métro Clemenceau, Paris 8. Except Mondays, showtimes are 10:00 to 17:40 and until 20:00 on Thursdays. Entry charge is 45 francs and Info. Tel.: 01 42 65 12 73.

Man Ray - La Photographie à l'Envers

See the article entitled 'Man Ray in Montparnasse' if you feel up to it.

Exhibition on show until Monday, 29. June, in the Galeries Nationales of the Grand Palais.

Delacroix, les Dernières Années

Until Monday, 20. July, in the Galeries Nationales of the Grand Palais.

Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais
Open daily, except Tuesdays, from 10:00. Without reservations, from 13:00 to 20:00. Entry: Square Jean Perrin. Métro: Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau.

Delacroix: 'Le Trait Romantique'

An exhibition of about 250 drawings, watercolors and engravings, by Delacroix.

Bibliothèque Nationale de France - Richelieu
Galeries Mansart et Mazarine
Until Sunday, 12. July. Open daily except Mondays, from 9:30 to 18:30. Entry 35 francs. 58. rue de Richelieu, Paris 1. Métro: Quatre-Septembre or Bourse. Info. Tel.: 01 47 03 81 10.

Delacroix et Villot

This exhibition accents the copies of Delacroix done by Frédéric Villot.

Musée Eugène Delacroix
Until Friday, 31. July. Open daily, except Mondays, from 9:30 to 17:00. Entry, 30 francs. 6. rue de Furstenberg, Paris 6. Métro: Saint-Germain-des-Près. Info. Tel.: 01 44 41 86 50.

Paris In Sites Newsletter Offer

You can still subscribe to the free Paris In Sites Newsletter and automatically receive the latest information from Paris - about WebFrance International with some reminders about Metropole Paris - once every three weeks as regularly as a metronome.

Subscription information for the newsletter is on Metropole's Links Page. It has always been there, but I've been running the plug here, because for every new one that goes in, I get a free thimble of café. I now have a credit for over a year's worth and it is surely enough to cause a large ulcer.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

count down Eiffel TowerIssue 2.24 - 16. June 1997 - This issue featured the columns - Café Metropole - 'A Case of Severe 'Event-Fatique'' and 'Au Bistro' had - 'A Big Wind Blows Through Paris.' The articles in the issue were 'On the Quais of the Seine - the Bouquinistes' - 'An Island in the Stream - the Ile-de-la-Cité' and 'In the City On the Island - At the Very Centre.' There were two 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was called 'A Nice Little Weekend Drive at Le Mans.'

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 31. December 1999:

Only 565 short days left to go.

Regards, Ric
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