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While a lot of the material treats 'the good old days' - many of which have not altogether disappeared - the depth of research provides details about life in France seldom found in English. There is also a recently published version in French too, promoted last month by the city's 'Paris' magazine.

Even if you are not a hard-core Parisophile, 'Paris In the Fifties' is a good read for its amazing tales; all truer than if they were in Time magazine itself. Thank you, Stanley Karnow.

Paris 'Rando' Fever

The Académie Française must be twisting in the wind. The roller people, afflicted by speed, have made the short form of 'randonnée' - the tour - and not an overly long word either - even shorter with the popular use of 'rando,' as in 'Le Roller Rando du Vendredi Soir.'

People who walk are more pedestrian, but they have finally picked it up too. Thus, while in the middle of writing this column, I have been forced out of my editorial slum to get somephoto: moroccan butcher fresh air and a jolt of high-octane in the form of a 'double-express' - one of which contains a week's worth of caffeine - I spot the poster announcing next Saturday's 'Grand Rando.'

Moroccan butcher and grocery shop in Belleville.

Typical Paris! - I spend hours during the week tooling around town picking up 'coming events' and after the 'Scene' column is closed, Paris springs a new event on me; on you. Not much in the way of details, but: the 'Grand Rando' starts at 9:00 on Saturday, 13. November; from in front of Notre-Dame, with the intention of trundling out to La Villette. Why? Because it's there I suppose.

Café Metropole Club 4th Session Rehash

The 4th weekly meeting of the 'Café Metropole Club' ran off reasonably successfully last Thursday. Read all about it on last week's 'Club 'Report' page.

New Web Address Continues Ad Nauseam

This is the new Web URL for 'Metropole Paris:' http://www.metropoleparis.com Please 'bookmark' this new URL.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 3.45 - 9. November 1998 - The Café Metropole column was titled - 'Excusez-moi, Monsieur Brasseur.' 'Au Bistro' had 'Their Waterloo Could Be Our Fontenoy.' This issue had only one feature, entitled 'Another Golden October; Another Place, Time,' butcount down Eiffel Tower also had 'Metropole's Pre-Christmas Program - Humbug!' The week's 'Scene' column headline was 'Everything But the Louvre.' There were four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Not early! Just finishing last year!'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 2.45 - 10. November 1997 - The Café Metropole column was called - 'Welcome to Parigi!' The 'Au Bistro' column was entitled 'Maurice Papon Was a 'Cleaning Lady.' This issue had one feature, entitled 'Visiting a Different Museum - Freemason's 'Grand Orient.' In addition, Adrian Leeds wrote some tips about 'Going Native' in Paris Restaurants. Two 'Posters of the Week' doubled to four and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'The Undercover Restaurant Critics at Work.'

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 31. December 1999:

Only 54 more mostly cloudy, medium-cold, spottily 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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