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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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