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Freebies for All: France's Day of Patrimony

This is a annual event in September and the weekend for it this year is the coming one. Over several centuries the state and its institutions have acquired a lot of historical properties. Classified private properties are added to the list and the whole lot is thrown open to the public for a weekend of free inspections.

Within the Paris area, there will be over 850 sites to visit and not a thousand as I suggested here last week. Many sites are not normally open to the public, so this is a once-in-a-year chance to get to view them. Come early though, as 1.5 million residents of the Ile-de-France turned out for this last year.

Techno Goes Legit in Paris

Paris has been ogling the growing popularity of Berlin's annual Techno party - which drew a million to this year's 'Love Parade' - so on Saturday, 19. September this loony parade, partly X-rated, will start off from Denfert-Rochereau in the 14th to head for the Place de la Nation in the 12th arrondissement.

'Techno' is sort of a north-European answer to Brazil's Carnival, and from I've seen, it resembles it somewhat even if the music - also loud - has a slightly different beat. This will be Paris' first official try at it. I'm not sure if the Hôtel de Ville has its fingers crossed or is praying instead.

Paris' No-Cars Day

This is scheduled for Tuesday, 22. September - possibly as an aid to clean up the mess left behind by the Techno Parade - although what I have here says it is limited to 'certain quarters' plus Montmartre and the Marais. Strollers therefore, should remain alert as always.

Paris' All-Cars Day

Five days later, on Sunday, 27. September, 2000 prestige cars are going to roll down the Champs-Elysées. This is in itself not unusual because many more than this roll up and down it every day of the week - but the occasion is the 100th anniversary of the Salon de l'Automobile - and one of the cars will be a 1898 Panhard - a model not seen any old day on the Champs-Elysées. As soon as I get them, see more details about this year's Salon de l'Automobile here.

The Tocqueville Connection This Week:

'The Tocqueville Connection' has a lead story this week which is something about Prime Minister Lionel Jospin 'lambasting' capitalism. He writes that the world now needs some economic regulation of some sort. If you are concerned about this, you should give it a read. As usual, I skipped it to read about 'French Style.'

Even Though September Is Overloaded With Events:

There are all sorts of regular events, salons and exhibitions. Even though I wrote last week that 'By next week I should have the program and a selection from it should appear here,' I caught a cold looking for a lost balloon race and can't face adding 85 new events to the following list:

Musée Jacquemart-André

This is the private mansion collection containing Tiepolo frescos - in the process of being restored. These are on display until some time in October.

Musée Jacquemart-André
158. boulevard Haussmann, Paris 8. Open daily from 10:00 to 18:00, and the museum's café is open daily from 11:30 to 17:30. Info. Tel.: 01 42 89 04 91. Nearest métro station: Saint-Philippe-du-Roule.

Still Playing:

More Sensory Excitement

'Théâtres des Sens' has already been open for three months, but is probably still worth a visit, especially if it is raining as it seems to be doing all the time now.

This show is running under the 'umbrella' of the Comité Colbert, which is the trade association of the French luxo industry. If you are in favor of 'economic regulation' and think sack-cloth is chic, 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 have managed to clean up in the market lately, then this is probably a real treat of an exhibition.

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.

Last Chance for '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.

Touches d'Exotisme -14th to 20th Centuries

This 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.

Beaubourg Moves to Paris' Modern Art Museum

Some 350 of the Centre Georges Pompidou's modern art treasures are on show at Paris' Museum of Modern Art.

The third part of this long show will kick off at the end of this October. The second part is still playing. 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.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

count down Eiffel TowerIssue 2.37 - 15. September 1997 - This issue featured the columns - Café Metropole - 'Bienvenue to Metropole, Again' and 'Au Bistro' had - 'Britain Honors Simone Veil.' The articles in the issue were ' A Little Stroll on the Boulevard Saint-Michel' and 'A Fizzy Neighborhood Street-Party.' There were two 'Posters of the Week.' Ric's Cartoon of the Week was called 'Back in School Again' for want of anything better.

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 31. December 1999:

Only 474 short days left to go.

Regards, Ric
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