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Count Edme de Rohan-Chabot, who started it all, died in 1972 and the last rallye was run in 1974. Patrickphoto: rallye des princesses Zaniroli, an ex-Paris-Dakar competitor have revived the rallye for ladies and it will take place from Tuesday, 25. to Sunday, 30. April.

This will not be a high-speed road race through France. It will be an 'on time' event, one that requires being neither too early nor too late - but all 'getting lost' time must be made up.

Until Sunday, 20. April, the entry fee for the Rallye des Princesses is 19,500 francs for the driver and co-pilot. This fee includes assistance, mechanical aid; plus accommodations and meals. There will be a 'gala' at the finish and this is included too.

Men can participate, but only as assistants. The fee for this is 4500 francs, and includes accommodations and meals.

This year's Rallye des Princesses starts in Paris, and goes through La Châtre, Vichy, Vals-les-Bains, Aix-en-Provence, to finish up at Saint-Raphaël - with a 'gala!' The ladies will spray Champagne on each other.

Ed's Café Reopens Today

Yesterday and Saturday, carpenters, waiters, plumbers, the cook,photo: metro entry, champs elysees tile layers, the patron, wives, kids and dogs, plus a sidewalk engineering team were all hard at work on 'Ed's' café to get it ready for reopening this morning.

Métro entry on the Champs- Elysées last Wednesday.

Your magazine's café critic will present a full report on the success or failure of the revamp of this vitally important Paris café, after thorough testing and evaluation, in next week's issue.

Café Metropole Club's 18th Session

The 18th weekly meeting of the 'Café Metropole Club' came off with its usual panache last Thursday - actually becoming two club sessions totalling four hours. However this is not the reason it looks like 'Club session number 17' is being skipped. The reason is your club's secretary can't count above ten without taking off a shoe.

Two new members from Texas signed up. They were not operating on 'metric-style' time, so the club effectively had a two-hour overtime session - for you, sort of two club's in one. Read all about it on last week's 'Club 'Report'' page.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 4.07 - 15. February 1999 - The Café Metropole column was headlined: - 'Reader Turns Into Paris Sidekick.' 'Au Bistro' had 'Skeptical About Nearly Everything.' This issue had one feature, entitled 'Another Run for Rétromobile.' This issue also had 'Paris' Scene' - 'Marathons, Plus Year of the Hare.' photo: motor sculpture There were four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Crank, Walter!'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 3.07 - 16. February 1998 - The Café Metropole column announced 'Fake Spring Surprises Paris.' The 'Au Bistro' column was headlined 'Weather and Lucky Valentines.' This issue had two features, entitled 'The 'Grands Boulevards,' Part 23' and 'On the Ile Saint- Louis: Island in the Sun.' Nicki Ryker sent an email about 'Our Trip of a Lifetime.' There were four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Late but Sunny Valentine.'

The Metropole Paris Countdown to 31. December 2000:

Even though no readers have asked for any countdown to the probable beginning of the next century and even more importantly, to the next millennium, this silly countdown continues with the seventh issue of 2000 because once something silly like this is started it's hard to stop.

This new countdown will last only 366 days, minus the days already gone. The official reason for doing this is to give the Tour Eiffel a new chance to 'get it right' - because so many count-down fans missed shouting 'Zéro' on Friday, 31. December 1999. The 'unofficial' reason remains a mystery.

There are about 322 days left to go until the 3rd Millennium.
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