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Searching For Festivals?

If summer heat sets in like it seems to have done, then nights are really wonderful and even better if you are on the Côte d'Azur and there's a festival event to attend within walking distance.

The guide to festivals in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region - aka PACA - yukk! - is now online. If you intend to be down that way between now and September, give it a look to find out what you can see and hear.

More Sensory Excitement

Partly due to a somewhat unattractive poster, but also due to the late posting of it, a major show devoted to various forms of eye, mouth, ear, nose and feel-candy called 'Théâtres des Sens' has already been open for two months, but is probably still worth a visit.

This show is running under the umbrella of the Comité Colbert, which is the trade association of the French luxophoto: place dauphine industry. If you are an anti-materialist and like sack-cloth, you will not appreciate the stuff on show here.

If I say few tourists are in the Place Dauphine; it'll be the end of it.

If on the other hand, you think the French are pretty good at making fancy stuff for high prices, and you are either a dreamer or rich or both, then this is probably a real treat of an exhibition. Make a note of it, in case there are any rainy days to come.

Les Quatre Théâtres des Sens
Palais de la Découverte, avenue Franklin-Roosevelt, Paris 8. Métro: Franklin-Roosevelt. Open from Tuesday to Saturdays, from 9:30 to 18:00; on Sundays from 10:00 to 19:00. Closed also on 2. and 15. August. This show runs until 3. January 1999. Info. Tel.: 01 40 74 89 00.

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.

The Paris Yellow Pages

This is my hastily thought-up name for a new France Telecom Web directory which incorporates the white pages, the yellow pages, plus brand-name pages and company pages. France Telecom's name is better than mine: they call it 'Voilà.'

There actually is a 'voilà' to it too. If you look at the 'Rues Commerçantes' section there are supposed to be 350,000 photos of Paris shopfronts - which is easily a couple more than Metropole has in its online archive. As the blurb says, 'Impressionnant!' I say the photo of the Champs-Elysées' Drugstore isn't impressive and the Paris Tourist Office seems to be waiting for its photo.

All that remains to be seen is if the 'find Jacques Dupont' part works too, regardless of whether he lives in the Ile-de-France or in Paris. For the Paris photos, putting in the name of a street may do it - then a list comes up, and you click on the little photo box.

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

Very Last Chance: 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.

Another Very-Last Chance: 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 2.29 - 21. July 1997 - This issue featured the usual two columns - Café Metropole - 'The Weather, Photos and the Hôtel de Ville' and 'Au Bistro' had - 'For Versailles, Go via Saint- Lazare.' The two articles in the issue were 'Only One of Paris' 21 City Halls' and 'Dip Your Feet Into the Water at 'Paris-Plage.' There were the usual two 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was called 'Metro Team Loses Tour de France.'

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 31. December 1999:

Only 530 short days left to go.

Regards, Ric
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