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Another cozy terrace in another cozy town.

No New 'Coming Events' Either

by Ric Erickson

Paris:- Monday, 6. July 1998:- I have overloaded this issue with words. It didn't start out to be like this, but then no issue does. Believe me, it all comes together like magic.

The problem arises when this 'magic' has to be transferred into a word robot - one that will not look up strange words in the big red dictionary - and this week I really hit the wall with this when I decided that transcribing thephoto: elephant jardin des plantes International Rules of Pétanque from French into English would be a snap.

It's summer so I can be silly. The tin elephant and tin pig just happened to get in front of my camera, which I just happened to shoot.

Since some of the French words relating to pétanque are jargon, my French dictionaries were no help - but I had to look for them all the same.

This is the reason I am not going to write any sort of dumb essay here this week. In fact, this is the end. Well, except for the usual stuff:

Style News from The Tocqueville Connection

This week's 'The Tocqueville Connection' has weekly reports about French style. I would have these too if I knew what it was. Until I find out you should check this online magazine, with its in depth and somewhat insider news and views. It goes online on Friday mornings.

For example, in this week's issue there is an article about how not to get fleeced, with some shopping tips. The best piece is about observing slits in skirts in Juan-les-Pins, and there is a lot of good advice about where to have them, how high and how many. This is truly useful information because it tells you what to watch for if you don't happen to wear skirts yourself.

The Augustinian Treasures

Down in Toulouse the Augustine Museum is putting its treasures online and so far there are 3200 documents and 700 images available. There is also an area where there are quizzes for younger - why younger? - surfers, but I think there is really no age limit on this.

Take a Good Look at ShareLook

A while ago a fellow named Damien called me up to suggest I take a look at a relatively newgraphic: decor st denis at stadium search service called 'Sharelook.' This search outfit started in Germany in August of 1996, and Austria was added in early 1997. Switzerland followed in June of last year, shortly after the introduction of the Sharelook 'cities' sites.

The first ad for Saint-Denis you see as you leave the stadium. It's not the last.

The French version has been online since the beginning of this year and now it is really starting to roll. What I like about it, in addition to its Paris selection, is Sharelook's direct connections to other cities, such as Berlin, Bochum, Düsseldorf, Köln, Wien and Zürich. Notice that Bochum is included. This can only mean that München and Bremen must be in sad decline.

Take a look at Sharelook and find out.

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 entire throbbing end-sprint is now upon us, so I've moved these links to a page of their own. Since this competition will be over before the next issue of Metropole appears, you now have only six days to read this and flip to this special 'links' page. Next Monday, it's going to be gone.

New Events

Due to getting carried away with sports last week, I have neglected 'Coming Events' - if there are any. The following is pretty much the same list as for the past couple of weeks, and I hope I've managed to remove all the 'dead' ones.

Exhibitions and Events in Versailles

These are so copious - at least throughout July - that you should check the Web site if you think you will be interested in getting tickets to various spectacles in advance. If in Versailles, pay a visit to the tourist bureau.

Paris' Centre de la Mer

While Lisbon has its World's Fair with a ocean theme, Paris has its own Institut Océanographique, in spite of being some way from the nearest sea.

The 'Centre de la Mer,' as it is also called, currently has a exhibition lasting until 6. September. The event being marked is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Albert 1st of Monaco, who founded the institution; based on 28 scientific cruises undertaken between 1885 and 1914.

Also, if you get too hot in Paris and haven't got time to go to the coast, a visit to this institute will remind you of the sea, with its displays and aquariums.

Centre de la Mer - Institut Océanographique
195. rue Saint-Jacques, Paris 5. Open Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 13:15 to 17:30. Open weekends from 10:00 to 17:30. Info. Tel.: 01 44 32 10 90.

L'Art Joue Au Foot

Like some other activities surrounding the World Cup in Paris, thisgraphic: parcours st denis little exhibition is getting a late start so I'm leaving this item in for another week. If I understand this correctly, eight artists were asked to provide models or sketches for World Cup t-shirts - and this exhibition shows their proposals. According to the information I have, these are highly diverse, but it is a free show and it is in the Marais.

The poster shows Saint-Denis' interesting walking trip, between the centre and the stadium.

At the Hôtel d'Albret, 31. rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Paris 4. From Thursday, 1. July until Wednesday, 21. July. Open weekdays from 10:00 to 18:00. Info. Tel.: 01 42 76 67 00.

Les Grands Boulevards du Monde de Paris

I have an undated press release here which says there is a commercial 'animation' on the Grands Boulevards, between Madeleine and the place de la République. There is no need to mention the names of the heavy-duty sponsors as they are well-known to one and all; but I'd like to point out that there are supposed to be two 'monumental' arches - possibly at each end.

A very large steel company has also put up some sort of recycling plant for the cola cans of a well-known soft-drink manufacturer; both of whom are sponsors. This should add a neat touch of industrial class to the Grands Boulevards.

Exhibitions and Events, Which Last Nearly Forever, But Not For Much Longer:

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.

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.

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 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.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

count down Eiffel TowerIssue 2.27 - 7. July 1997 - This issue featured the columns - Café Metropole - 'Light On the Edge of the Clouds' and 'Au Bistro' had - 'We Talk A Lot About the Weather, Most of It Unprintable.' The article in the issue was 'A Partial Program for Bastille Day is Better than No Program at All.' Mike Harmon sent an eMail about his 'Mistaken Bastille Day Flight.' There were two 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was called 'Night rider, on the Tour de France'

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 31. December 1999:

Only 545 short days left to go.

Regards, Ric
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