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I try to tell myself that if I keep at it on a regular basis it will gradually turn into a comfortable, liveable space. The question is, how long is 'gradually?'

Further west on the boulevard, tables waiting for diners.

Wouldn't I rather be on a beach in Spain instead of in an unfinished apartment in Paris for August?

If I was down there, I could be thinking of future directions for 'Metropole.' Well, doing that would be kind of like work, wouldn't it? Putting pictures on the walls seems like work too.

With the way things are, I'm not sure of what kind of lazy I am. It is obviously time for a siesta. I partially 'fixed up' the bedroom first.

Metropole's Summer Guide:- appeared in Issue 4.27 in the form of two extra pages in addition to the 'Scene' column. You can quickly get to these by hitting this link to the issue's home page, or by taping on All Past Issues at the top and bottom of most pages in Metropole.

Over the past weeks I've found myself typing 'La Villette' a lot so I went out there the week before last and had a look around. Around midday not much was happening outside; but I added even more nighttime and weekend activities and put them into their own 'events' page, called 'A Multi-Theme Park.'

Paris 2000 - since the beginning of the year, readers have been hinting that they intend to be in Paris for the turnover from 1999 to 2000. The Ville de Paris has not been asleep; its plan is called 'Paris 2000.' It is a fairly modest plan - 'from thephoto: mobilis card, ticket heart' - and brief details of some of the planned events are in this week's 'Scene' column.

My under-utilized day transport pass - see 'The Big Tour - Short Version' in this issue.

For the second week in a row, the week's 'Scene' column has gotten a lot longer, even after cutting out all of the out-of-date events. After cutting out all the 'eclipse' items next week, the details for 'Paris 2000' will gradually fill it up again.

It will be a bit like starting the Christmas program in September, but I think I'll have to give 'Paris 2000' a page of its own - because it has already started, and in September it gets into full swing.

Café Metropole Club - this idea for having a fixed, weekly meeting place for readers in a Paris café has not faded away. I fully expect I will announce the startup of the 'Club' in late September, with the first session taking place then or in early October. I'm looking forward to seeing you at it when you are in Paris.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

count down Eiffel TowerIssue 3.32/33 - 17. August 1998 - This was an issue done before I went on holiday to Spain, to tide you over half of August. For this reason the Café Metropole's subtitle was - 'The Shortest 'Café' Column.' This issue had two features, entitled 'Going Wrong In Normandy' and 'Extra Photos From Back Then.' There were two 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Siesta In Trouble' which wasn't about problems I was having in Spain.

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 31. December 1999:

Only 145 more sunny, occasionally hot, or occasionally unsettled Paris and Ile-de-France summer days to go until the next really big depressing weather front comes along.
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