Two Cafés Less

photo: aux carors de montmartre

At the top of Montmartre's stairs, the first
café awaits you.

But More Metropole Coming Up Soon

by Ric Erickson

Paris:- Monday, 16. August 1999:- Although I said I was feeling lazy last week, this is a false perception of mine. It is partly due to getting the new apartment organized only in short bursts - it still looks like a deranged campsite. Every time I sit down somewhere other than in front of the computer, I think I should be up and doing something else.

August has certainly cooled off and now TV-weather news is telling me that temperatures are 'below normal.' I don't need TV-weather news to tell me this; I can feel it.

It means I've got to stop putting off getting a toaster - although it is handy to pop out for some fried noodles any time of the day or night. I haven't been drinking much coffee either, but now it's time to warm up. I'll get a pot to make soup in too.

Not everything I'm feeling lazy about is domestic. The server-lady, Linda Thalman, came all the way in from her Cadillacphoto: 'toto' at barbes Ranch last week and we had a sit-down meeting in a local café. She wants you to know she owes me two cafés less now.

This is a tiny corner of Barbés - there is a lot more of it.

We discussed the changes that this magazine 'Metropole Paris' is going to make. One of the most obvious will be the change of the Internet address URL to dot-Com. This is being tested now and you'll get a chance to see if it works within a week or two.

You can help with this. Metropole, with all its past issues online, contains over 1600 pages. Software has been used to make necessary alterations, but we all know that no software is perfect. So if you've got the time to do it, I want you to find as many mistakes as you can, and report them to me.

I'll think up some appropriate prize for the reader who rats on the most, as a thankyou for this help.

Next, I'm going to fiddle with the 'Links' page. I've always thought of it as a service - as info for readers, mainly. I'll start trying to doing better with this.

Linda Thalman's WFI server hosts many Web sites. Her server is hosting castles-for-rent and Paris guide books and a variety of services, including many involving languages and teaching. Since some of these may be of use to you, I'm going to have a Links page for these. Other commercial sites, not on the WFI server, will also be linked here.

In order to keep order, I'm also thinking of a third Links page. This one is for you; for your personal Web sites. I will prefer it ifphoto: scooter in downpour they are related to Paris in subject matter, but I'm willing to be flexible about it because a link from Metropole will require a reciprocal link. Send me your URLs and we'll talk about it.

My concierge's 'new' scooter, in a crashing downpour.

There is also talk, less and less vague, about Metropole having a serious commercial alliance with a very serious firm in Paris - in order to offer you books, audio-CDs, CD-ROMs, DVDs and perhaps video versions of French films.

Unlike other online bookshops, many of the items on offer will be exclusively selected for Metropole readers. The offers will be multilingual too.

On the surface, this will mean that there will be regular reviews of the items to be offered. I doubt if prices will be of the discount variety; exclusive selection, service and your satisfaction will be the priorities. This project has been a long time getting up steam because the backoffice part of it has to be flawless - and there's still some waiting to do for it.

Finally, there is the coming 'Café Metropole Club.' This is the idea for having a fixed, weekly meeting place in Paris for readers in a convenient café. I expect to 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 there when you are in Paris.

Putting it all down like this sounds sort of serious. But the idea of Paris is to have fun - or good dreams at least. I've said before that doing Metropole is amusing for me.

Until now it has not made much grocery money - so the idea of all of the above is to give you more Metropole - while giving me some income from it. Now, who wants to be first to buy an original 'Eddie and Charlie' cartoon? Guaranteed one-off, hand-signed and dated by its appearance in this magazine.

I'll talk about the photos later.

Metropole's Summer Guide:- appeared in Issue 4.27 in the form of two extra pages in addition to the 'Scene' column. You canphoto: divan du monde 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.

Often featured in the weekly 'Scene' column; the Divan du Monde.

Over the past weeks I've found myself typing 'La Villette' a lot so I went out there a couple of weeks ago 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.'

The Fall Season and '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 the heart' - and brief details of some of the planned events are in this week's 'Scene' column again.

The good folks at the Ville de Paris communications section sent me a preliminary events calendar for September 1999 to June 2000 last week. Some items have few details, but a selection from the 'calendar' is also now featured in the 'Scene' column for this week. This will help with you planning your visit.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago, Again:

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 for two weeks 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 138 more sunny, occasionally hot, or occasionally unsettled Paris and Ile-de-France summer days to go until the really big year-end party is in full swing.
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