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How-To Paris-Expo

Down at the Porte de Versailles on Friday for the Salon du Livre at Paris-Expo, I noticed signs advertising the renovation of the Porte de Versailles area. There is nothing much wrong with it the way it is, but Paris is always 'fixing' itself up.

This made me think about Paris-Expo itself. This is Paris' main and biggest exhibition grounds and it is located at the south of the 15th arrondissement. The métro line 12 stop for it is 'Porte de Versailles,' and this is the third stop before the end of the line in Issy.

The easiest way out of the métro is to ride at the front of a train and take the exit nearest to the front of the train. At the top of the stairs you can go either right or left. Sometimes, which exhibition is where, is indicated here.

The big hall number one is to the right. Most of all the other halls - up to seven or eight - are to the left. The Palais des Sports is also to the right.

photo: bookshop r seineThe three métro exits on the Paris-Expo side of the place that is the Porte de Versailles, lead you out to either side of the Rue de la Porte d'Issy. Only one of these exits is more or less in front of the eastern entry to the exhibition grounds.

From the métro exits on both sides of the Rue de la Porte d'Issy, make a 180 degree turn back to the place that is the Porte de Versailles.

This sounds complicated, but it isn't. If you know that you have to take the sharp turn, you won't be left wondering what you are doing in the nearly deserted Rue de la Porte d'Issy.

All of Paris-Expo is south of the Boulevards Victor and Lefebvre. There are some hotels and restaurants on the north sides on these boulevards, but there isn't a great deal more.

Before getting to the Porte de Versailles is the time to think of getting any small items you may need while in the exhibition grounds. Near the inside of the entry on the east side, there is a newspaper kiosk. The next nearest one is on the other side of the Place de la Porte de Versailles - which is an even longer walk from hall seven.

This hall seven is the furthest from civilization; but it has seven floors, with escalators. Most of the rest of Paris-Expo is no more than two stories high. For any big exhibition or salon, or for multiple ones, count on doing a lot of walking.

To All Readers in South Africa

Over the years I have received a steady trickle of email from readers who reside in the same time zone, but on the other side of the equator. Nearly every time I have replied, my emailphoto: librarie reiffel has bounced back, usually labelled as 'undeliverable' by the mail robots. This may be caused by my own 'Worldnet' mailserver.

Although I mention South Africa as being the most consistent 'undeliverable' destination, there have been a few other email addresses that something in the Internet seems to refuse. I can think of one in Australia.

I don't know what I can do directly about this particular problem. In the future, with any email that bounces back, I will try forwarding it through Metropole's host server - using my goodwill 'café' credits with the server-lady, if she's not gardening.

If you know anybody in South Africa who has written to me and is so angry not to get a reply that they are walking around kicking inoffensive kangaroos, please tell them I am setting up a plaster-sticker fix.

Café Metropole Club's 23rd Session

The 23rd weekly meeting of the 'Café Metropole Club' came off with little excitement last Thursday. You can read what there was to it on last week's 'Club 'Report'' page.

Last Thursday's meeting 'report' would normally be re-run on this week's 'Club News' page. This is not a good idea this week, so something else will be occupying this page in this issue.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 4.12 - 22. March1999 - The Café Metropole column was headlined: - 'Big Horn Battle On a Bridge In Paris.' 'Au Bistro' had 'Dubious News Remains Unreported.' This issue had one feature like the current one, entitled 'The French Book Show - Salon du Livre.' This issue's 'Paris' Scene' had 'Free Museum Day in Yvelines.' There were four 'Posters of the Week' as usual and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Have You Read the Code Pénal Lately?'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 3.12 - 23. March 1998 - The Café Metropolephoto: sarah bernhardt column was headlined 'Philosophy and the Front National.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled 'Elections Turn Right Into Shambles' This issue had two features, entitled 'All That's Fit to Print - Salon du Livre, Part I' and 'Looking for Bears in the Jardin des Plantes.' And 'About Bears,' was the subject of an email from Ron Roizen. There were four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Gone Out.' Not 'out to lunch,' simply 'gone out.'

The Metropole Paris Countdown to 31. December 2000:

The thing I don't understand the most about this new countdown is readers not objecting to it. If I was a reader instead of 'Ed,' I would write to 'Ed' to say this whole notion is juvenile nonsense. But here it is, the 12th issue of the year and I haven't received one objectionable peep.

This new countdown will last only 366 days, minus the 65 days already gone. The official reason for doing this is to give the Tour Eiffel a new chance to 'get it right' - and for a leap year it ought to - because so many count-down fans missed shouting 'Zéro' on Friday, 31. December 1999 when the countdown clock gave up. The 'unofficial' reason never be revealed in due time or any other time at the rate this thing is going.

There are about 294 days left to go until the 3rd Millennium.
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