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The latest American hit movie has a title in French, and its poster is different too. On the Champs-Elysées, thephoto: batwing door, harry's film is running in several cinemas - with a notice that it is in 'V.O.' This is 'Version Originale' which means the soundtrack is in its native language, and subtitles in French have been added.

So, no matter where you come from, if you 'overdose' on Paris and need a bit of 'home' - in the form of worldwide brands - you will find all you need in Paris.

The batwing doors of Harry's New York Bar. Watch your step.

Actually there is more than this. Both exporters and importers have been busy, widening the selection of nearly everything - so it is no problem to find beers from Mexico or China, spices from Indochina, pasta from Italy, sausages from Spain, olives and nuts from Africa, maple-syrup from Canada and vodka from Russia. The list is kilometres long.

It was not always like this. The world has changed a lot in the last 30 years, with its 'global village' marketplace. It exists in Paris too.

Before you had to search for it. Today in Paris, Paris still exists - and you do not have the search long or far to find whole areas where the 'global marketplace' is nowhere to be seen. You can have it either way.

Rerun: Metropole's Photographer Pals

Long-time readers probably know that John McCulloch is Metropole's contact in the throbbing centre of the theme-city supreme, Las Vegas, Nevada. However, John's main interest isphoto: san francisco book co photography, followed distantly - in years - by Paris, where he was stationed for a time in the early '60's, as an keen observer of the Vedettes du Pont-Neuf.

Lately, and for the past couple of years by the looks of it, John has been tracking down the ghosts and real rails of old railroad tracks in the mountains and deserts of western America. He has photographed scenes that were once the themes of folksongs before all of us folks became so urban. Take a look.

The San Francisco Book Co. is near Odéon in the Latin Quarter.

Don Smith won Nelly with a tinned chicken, and the result was a 70-day honeymoon in France late last spring. In the middle of it they spent a half-hour on the Champs-Elysées finding me taking part in a 'painting' contest. The honeymoon was a chance for Don to shoot everything French in sight, and you can see all of this on his Web site.

Although personally unknown to me, Gerald Panter has let me know about his Web site. I took a look at the section where he has followed Eugéne Atget's footsteps, in order to re-shoot the identical scenes. Mr. Panter shows that after a century, Atget's Paris is still here if you can take the time to look closely enough.

Café Metropole Club 3rd Session Rehash

The 3rd session of the 'Café Metropole Club' ran off successfully last Thursday. Read all about it on last week's 'Club 'Report'' page. I was not a bit nervous about it being a bit haphazard because this is a planned feature, but putting in the wrong link-code again was not planned. This week it is - finally - correct.

New Web Address Continues Ad Nauussseamm

This is the new Web URL for 'Metropole Paris:' http://www.metropoleparis.com Some readers have said the old URL works fine, with the 're-direct' sending them automatically to the latest issue. Please 'bookmark' this new URL.

The whole Internet seems to have been a bit unsettled for the past few weeks so if you have any problems making a connection, just try again a little later. Do not bother trying to readjust your set.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 3.44 - 2. November 1998 - The Café Metropole column was titled - 'Unique Picasso Collection Auctioned.' 'Au Bistro' had 'Paris Is Wet!' This issue had only one feature, entitled 'Dancing On the River - The Seine's Future?' count down Eiffel Tower The week's 'Scene' column headline was 'Tango's Last Gasp.' Makiko Suzuki sent an email from Japan which was titled, 'Statue of Liberty Near Toyko Bay.' There were four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Ya Gotta Light?'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 2.44 - 3. November 1997 - The Café Metropole column was called - 'Death in Marly Is Internet's Loss.' The 'Au Bistro' column was entitled 'French Truckers About to Resume 1996 Srike.' This issue had one feature, entitled 'Looking Around for Nalpoléon III, with Thirza Vallois.' There were two 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Arthur has a 'S' On His Sweater Because It Is Halloween'

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 31. December 1999:

Only 61 more mostly cloudy, medium-warm, often sunny, and occasionally very rainy Paris and Ile-de-France autumn days to go until the really big year-end party kicks in.
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