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If you do this, the waiter will think you are a very rich American and will fight off the other waiters in order to serve you extremely promptly next time you find a parking place for half a day of café life.

Dave reported all this in the International Herald Tribune's 15-16. August edition and promised a follow-up sightseeing report the following week. This I missed on account of looking for a parking place in Spain. Hasta manaña, Dave!

More Sensory Excitement

Partly due to a somewhat unattractive poster, but also due to the late posting of it, a major showphoto: brochure musee grevin 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 luxo industry. If you are an anti-materialist and like sack-cloth, you will not appreciate the stuff on show here.

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.

Les Didot, Trois Siècles de Typographie et de Bibliophilie - 1698 to 1998

This exhibition is concerned with printing and bookmaking and focuses uniquely on the Didot collections. Manuscripts, autographs, books, original designs from the school of David, and many other original works.

Bibliothèque Historique de la Ville de Paris
22. rue Mahler, Paris 4. From Tuesday to Saturday, from 10:00 to 18:00; and on Sundays from 12:00 to 19:00. Closed Mondays and holidays. Info. Tel.: 01 44 59 29 60.

Paris - Les Lieux de Spectacle

Paris has always had a lot of shows and spectacles as well as 'World Exhibitions,' and this show takes you both behind and in front of the scenes, from the past to the present. As this is in the city's architectural museum, this is not about costumes, but about the buildings and the stages. This show ends in September.

Pavilion de l'Arsenal
21. boulevard Morland, Paris 4. From Tuesday to Saturday, from 10:30 to 18:30; and on Sunday from 11:00 to 19:00. Info. Tel.: 01 42 76 33 97.

1898 - Le Balzac de Rodin

Apparently Rodin did not appreciate what the critics had to say about this sculpture; so he said it was indestructible. He also said it was the result of his entire life, and the 'pivot of his esthetic.' Go and see it; on display until Sunday, 13. September.

Musée Rodin, Hôtel Biron
77. rue de Varenne, Paris 7. Open daily except Mondays from 9:30 to 17:45.

Picasso's Color Box

An exhibition for kids that takes them through Picasso's 'Periods,' from the Blue Period to the 'Classic' to the collages, the cubism - the life of Picasso in short. Along the way there are puzzles and errors to find.

Le Musée en Herbe, Jardin d'Acclimatation
Entree to the Jardin is 12 francs for adults and six for children. Kids under three, no charge. Other attractions in the park. Open all year. Métro Sablons in Neuilly, Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16. There is also a little train that runs to the park from Porte Maillot; 24 francs round trip. From 11:00 to 18:00. Info. Tel.: 01 40 67 90 82.

Touches d'Exotisme -14th to 20th Centuries

photo: brochure givernyThis exhibition presents the exotic in dress through 250 costumes, accessories and fabrics, which chronologically trace through six centuries.

Musée de la Mode et du Textile, Musée des Arts Décoratifs
Musée du Louvre, 107. rue de Rivoli, Paris 1. Open daily except Mondays, from 11:00 to 18:00. Métro: Palais-Royal-Louvre. Info. Tel.: 01 44 55 57 50.

Barbie En Vacances

A 'retrospective' of everybody's favorite Barbie, with 300 models from 1959 onwards, presented in 24 holiday settings. Until Sunday, 20. September.

Halle Saint-Pierre
2. rue Rosard, Paris 18. Info. Tel.: 01 42 58 72 89.

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 didn't get 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.

Beaubourg Moves to Paris' Modern Art Museum

Here 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 are on show at Paris' Museum of Modern Art.

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.

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.

The brochures pictured above can be obtained at
the Paris Tourist Office.
This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 2.35 - 1. September 1997 - This issue featured the columns - Café Metropole - 'Summer's Over - What Next?' and 'Au Bistro' had - 'Tragic Death Under the Place de l'Alma.' The articlecount down Eiffel Tower in the issue was 'On the Forever Mediterranean Beach.' There were two 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was again called 'Our Beach Reporter.'

Bracketing This Week, These Were the Two Metropoles, Two Years Ago:

Issue 1.27 - 26. August 1996 - This issue featured Metropole Diary and Au Bistro as a single column - 'Summer in France, Right in France.' The article in the issue was 'Palmy Days in the Bretagne - Low-Key Three Weeks in August.' There were two 'Posters of the Week' and there was a 'Ric's Cartoon of the Week.'

Issue 1.28 - 2. September 1996 - This issue featured Metropole Diary and Au Bistro as a single column - 'Batten the Hatches, Here Comes the Rentrée!' The article in the issue was 'Doing Nothing, Thinking About Less - In the Second Best Place After Ratlands.' There were two 'Posters of the Week' and there was a 'Ric's Cartoon of the Week.'

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 31. December 1999:

Only 488 short days left to go.

Regards, Ric
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