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*'Exclusive' in this sense means that it is the only Café Metropole Club in Paris that accepts members, and their pets. People from other planets or star systems are requested to not apply. If you have had actual contacts with such people, please do not bring it up for discussion.

The Whole History of the Café Metropole Club

With its seventh meeting behind it, the 'Whole History' of the Café Metropole Club has gotten so long and so boring that to repeat it would be offensive. It is therefore, hereby, suppressed yet again. Older versions of its 'History' do remain online, somewhere in ' All Past Issues.'

The Café Metropole Club Is a Good-Value Club

The 'Club' is excellent value for what it costs but it has no actual real or virtual benefits, except for being free. Its sole purpose is to offer an opportunity for all readers to meet each other and me, the 'Ed' of this online weekly magazine about Paris, in Paris.

If, at the same time, you feel like having a French style 'crêpes suzettes' - I encourage you so to so as they are an unusual experience, and might provide you with a non-confrontational topic of conversation at dinner parties where the main course is salad. Warning: the booze on it, which you will not have to ask for, is usually the very strong made-by-French-monks variety - but only slightly similar to France's best vodka, 'Grey Goose.'

But if, like Isabelle Eyman last week, you want some 'Petit Lu' to dunk in your tea, I think you will have to bring your own.

'Virtual' membership is not only permitted, but encouraged - no one is excluded from membership by failure to be in Paris. Possession of the new 'virtual' membership card is not obligatory.

For some weeks now I have been saying that the reading the club's online magazine, 'Metropole Paris,' is not obligatory. This non-policy has changed to one that is slightly more positive.

The reason for this is simple. Club members have been asking me questions about items in the magazine. I seldom know the answers, but it does warm my heart to know that you care.

Practical Information

photo: location map, la coronaHere are the day, time and location details for you to note:

Café-Tabac La Corona
2. Rue de l'Amiral Coligny
Paris 1. Métro: Louvre-Rivoli or Pont-Neuf
Every Thursday at 15:00, until 17:00.

La Corona has a small 'salle' beside the bar and a large 'salle' behind the bar. There is a small terrace on the Rue de l'Amiral Coligny side, which faces west; and a big terrace on the Quai de Louvre side, which faces south. The club meetings are held at the far end of the big 'salle.'

When you enter the bar area of La Corona you will not immediately see any club activity. To find it, go around the left side of the bar, away from the 'tabac' section of the café.

If you are unused to bars, the one in La Corona has a zinc top and has beer handles sticking up like antlers. Somewhere near the cash register, you might see a little wire stand holding hard-boiled eggs. Go left past the eggs and turn right to find the 'club.'

If all else fails, simply ask whoever is behind the bar - in any language that suits you - 'where is the club?'

See you soon - A bientôt à Paris,
signature, regards, ric

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