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This field in the 7th arrondissement is cluttered up by the bulky Tour Eiffel, but will still hold about a quarter-million sparkler fanciers. A lot of people walk to this event and the hordes of people on the after-dark streets are an event in themselves, one that is eerie and village-like at the same time.

If you want to skip this - or intend to see big fireworks at Versailles or Saint-Germain-en-Laye - some of the fire stations have their neighborhood fêtes too. For ones with parties on both evenings, see this week's 'Scene' page.

Lady Liberty Ends Japan Visit - after having her stay in Tokyo Bay extended by four months for somescan: mag: miss liberty goes home, toyko reasons involving weight - 14 tons - and cost of shipping - a cool billion yen - Paris' Liberty statue is finally on her way home to the south end of the Seine island by the Pont de Grenelle.

According to Makiko Suzuki, Metropole's correspondent in Japan who sent the magazine clip, Lady Liberty was very popular there, and this was the reason for the extended stay.It had nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that Cognac sales there have not been brilliant lately. Photo©Shukan Burshun

The Summer Sales Continue - which means, of course, that you should not come to Paris without a little extra 'mad-money.' Discounts are again on the order of minus 10, 20, 30 and as much as 50 percent off. All articles have to display their full pre-sales prices. Caution: very good, very classic goods, are seldom offered 'on sale.' Many famous brand-names are, so there are some real bargains to be had. The sales end in early August.

Last Plug for 'Visions by Herb'

On Sunday, 16. May, Herb Malsman had me talk into his microphone for a 'wretched excess' lasting three hours in the Latin Quarter. This was reported in the 'Scene' column in issue 4.20. After considerable editing - I guess - Web broadcast time finally rolled around, and is in two parts: dated Monday, 21. June, and Herb's Père Lachaise visit, Monday 28. June.

Herb Malsman didn't know about sculptor Ousmane Sow's 'Little Big Horn' show on the Pont des Arts before he saw it, and seeing it blew him away. Tune in to his 'Visions' on Broadcast.Com's audio-book Web site to hear what babble sounds like, plus some other Paris noises.

John McCulloch wrote, "Artie Johnson style," but more importantly went on to add, "Perhaps you should point out that readersphoto: cafe oh! ca ira, bastille need to select 'AudioBooks' on the list at left, then 'World Tour' on the left of the new page, then register, then - maybe - download the new RealAudio G2."

Bastille's café 'Oh! Ca Ira' now sells its 5-franc café for 7 francs, still making it one of Paris' cheapest thimbles of café.

Both I and Herb thank other Metropole readers who tuned in our mutual babble and wrote to say so. It was a fun thing to do even if I did not find out about audio on the Web - which I wanted to, for eventual use at the 'Café Metropole Club.' No, I haven't forgotten about either the 'Club' or audio.

Finally, Herb wrote to say our broadcast of 'An(other) American In Paris' has been held over at Broadcast.com longer than any other of the audio shows. Babble that lasts forever resists the hatchet.

The Next Issue: - of this magazine is still an 'iffy' thing. If you regularly tune into this station, do so on Monday, 26. July, for issue 4.30. The current issue will run two weeks and has the double-number of 4.28/29. If I get lucky and find a camera that works with a PC and a Bastille Eve bash to match it, there might even be a report about the fête in the meantime.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

count down Eiffel TowerIssue 3.28 - 13. July 1998 - This issue featured - Café Metropole - 'Today France Is Happy' and the 'Au Bistro' column had 'No News, Only Football.' This issue had three features, entitled 'WebSports: Ready, Set - Les Bleues WIN!' followed by 'Looking For The Revolution' and Tracy Turner wrote about the Eurostar in 'Highlife Under the Channel.' 'On Bastille Day in 1963' was the title of an email from John McCulloch. There were four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was titled or captioned 'Should We Celebrate?'

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 31. December 1999:

Only 173 more sometimes hot Ile-de-France summer days when it isn't rainy or cloudy to go until something really, really new begins to happen.
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