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In La Corona, there is no 'Food of thephoto: corona food, eggs Week' consumed and the only special 'Drink of the Week' would be the bière de Mars, except that Allan doesn't put it up for this distinction. I've had 'Mars beer' in Munich and didn't care much for it.

La Corona's bar food is for dire emergencies only.

To me it seems too soon, but to Edgar, Bill and Robert it must seem that they have paused long enough to be hungry again, so they barge out.

They leave La Corona by the door closest to the wine bar, the Henri IV, on the Pont Neuf - no doubt to try some more of its white sancerre, fully convinced that as good as the red version is, the white is absolute tops.

Somehow the farmers have impressed La Corona's patron of the success of the Internet in drawing members to the little club that holds its weekly meetings in his café.

The other members who walked into the 20 previous meetings have been no less impressive to me.

When you plan to come to a future meeting, be sure to come by a few days early and ask for the club at the bar. Remember? It is pronounced 'cloob.' Do not whisper it.

The Original 'Report' of the Last Meeting

If you want to see last Thursday's original report, you can read the unofficial account of the weekly Club meeting - which is the same as above, but may have different photos. The easiest way to do it, is read it on Thursday - then read it again here. If you could do both at once, it would be stereo-reading.

The Café Metropole Club Is Free

The sole purpose of the Café Metropole Club is to offer an opportunity for readers of the online magazine 'Metropole Paris' who are in Paris to meet its 'Ed,' and each other, at its weekly meetings in a Paris café.

You will find that your 'Club' is more value than it costs - which is nothing - even though it has no actual real, pretended or 'virtual' benefits, except for being absolutely free.

Rising membership seems to show that some members think membership itself is a benefit. I suspect the 'free' part is at least an equal value.

The Café Metropole Club Membership Card

Just like any other club, the Café Metropole Club has a membership card. Unlike other clubs, thisphoto: virtual membership card card is a bit 'virtual' as you can see here. However it is possible to print it - if you feel it is absolutely necessary - which it is not.

The club's do-it-youself membership card, in color.

Readers who have not attended a weekly meeting in Paris in person can become 'virtual' members by using any handy method that's around. Any readers who do show up for meetings in Paris, automatically become exclusive* and 'real' Charter Club Members.

I don't know how the 'automatically' works or how to turn it off. It just happens, regardless of the membership cards.

Having a membership card is recommended because I've taken the time to include it here - even though it is free - and not every Betty, Bertie or Bob who have been to Paris has one.

*'Exclusive' means that it is the only Café Metropole Club in Paris that accepts any sort of human beings as members. All other virtual Café Metropole Clubs in Paris that claim to be real are virtual and should not be confused by the sole 'virtual' and authorized 'real' one.

Charter Club Member List

As 'virtual' members present themselves at the weekly club meetings in Paris, they become 'real' members of the club. All new arrivals are asked to sign the semi-official members' booklet.

After becoming 'real,' members will be asked if they wish to have their email addresses passed on to other 'real' members. If in agreement, this will be done. If not, the member's name will be on the distributed list, but without their email address.

The Whole History of the Café Metropole Club

The first meeting of your club took place on Thursday, 7. October 1999. The meeting next Thursday will be the club's 22nd.

Vital 'Update' Information

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 9. March, in Paris. This is not any particular day - in fact it is named after Sainte-Françoise, who is not well-known to me.

The club's 'report' for this meeting will be put online as usual at its regular time, which may still be Thursday in your time zone, if it is in the GMT scheme of things and far to the west of Paris.

photo: location map, la coronaWhat, Where, When, How?

Here 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, GMT +01:00
In non-metric terms, even in Paris, the times are from 3 pm to 5 pm.

The club's meetings are held at the far end of the La Corona's big 'salle' where there is lots of room for members to spread out, park their coats and cases of wine, and sprawl around. The club has a waiter - usually it is Patrick - assigned to it and you can order anything you want from him. He will keep a tab on this for you to pay when you leave.

La Corona has other areas, including its bar, a small 'salle,' another terrace, and a downstairs part, but these are not where the club's meetings are held - so pay no attention to them - except, maybe, the vital downstairs part.

If you are uncertain about where to find the, simply ask anybody standing behind the bar - in any language that suits you - 'Où est le club, s'il vous plaît?' ['Club' continues to be pronounced 'cloob.']

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

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