Your Thriving Club In Paris

photo: entry la corona, quai louvre

Empty chairs outside mean it is an 'inside' day at La Corona.

News About the 'Café Metropole Club'

Paris:- Saturday, 1. April 2000:- The grand news is that at last Thursday's club meeting, when I was set to twiddle away two hours in the semi-tropical splendor of La Corona, two brand-new members signed the unofficial members' booklet.

I had not long to wallow in the warm glory of this because Kati and Alan Lewis were giddy from acquiring an apartment in Paris, and in a tizzy of excitement to furnish the entire thing in less than two weeks.

Being a local property owner is not a necessity for prospective club members, but it is true that a number of bona-fide club members do own their own places in Paris.

To celebrate, we had similar cafés in three different-sized cups and this made café the 'Drink of the Week,' which does not exactly put it in the 'big news' category.

Although I read La Corona's afternoon menu and while twiddling, and wrote some of it down, nobody had any 'Food of the Week.' The 'Quote of the Week' is duly noted in Thursday's club report, I am not going to repeat it here. It is hardly a French vocabulary-builder.

The Lewis' come from Carmel, California, several times a year to Paris for business and pleasure. I told them somephoto: kati, alan lewis horror stories about waiting three months for a refrigerator to suggest that the 'pleasure' would resume once they have their new place furnished.

Kati and Alan being temporarily glum after learning of 'lost' chair.

While at the meeting, Alan found out by phone that he missed getting one chair of a four-chair set of two chairs, by about 30 minutes. He did not let this get him down for long - as it would provide a good excuse to look for more chairs.

I can't say that you see a lot of people carrying chairs on the Rue de Rivoli that they have been lucky enough to acquire, but if you do see a chair you like you should buy it immediately in order to not be disappointed.

Either that, or come to any meeting at the Café Metropole Club. Our section of the café La Corona has about 20 chairs or banquet seats available for us. If these aren't enough, we can 'borrow' some more from the rest of the café.

Some Dates To Note

The café La Corona will be occupied with a film-shoot for a couple of days in May, so there may be a change of day for one week's club meeting.

Also, I will be absent from two meetings - the last one in June and the first one in July, which are Thursday, 29. June and Thursday, 6. July.

For these dates, something will be 'fixed up.' The main thing to remember is the club's meetings will likely take place, nearly as usual.

A special note should be made for the eve of Bastille Day, on Thursday, 13. July. This will be a Bastille Day eve that may be somewhat extraordinary - Year 2000 after all! - and there should be a lot of dancing in the streets; followed by the biggest picnic in the history of the world on Friday.

Next Thursday's club meeting will be held as usual in the same place at the same time, rain or shine.

The Original 'Report' of the Last Meeting

I will recommend this - once again! - unles you have something urgent to do. But if you want to read last Thursday's original report, you can see the unofficial account of the weekly Club meeting - which is not the same as above.

The Boilerplate: The Café Metropole Club Is Free

The only purpose of the Café Metropole Club is to provide a chance for readers of the online magazine 'Metropole Paris' who are visiting Paris to meet its 'Ed,' and each other, at its weekly meetings in the club's Paris café.

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

The Café Metropole Club Membership Card

The Café Metropole Club has a membership card, made especially for you. Unlike other clubs, this card is a bit 'virtual' as you can see here. If you feel the urge, it isphoto: virtual membership card possible to print it but it is not absolutely necessary unless you want to carry it around to show it to me when you are in Paris.

'Virtual' members who have not had a chance to attend a club meeting in Paris in person can upgrade from their simple reader status to 'virtual'-status by using any handy method that's around. All readers who actually show up for meetings in Paris, can immediately become exclusive* and 'real' Charter Club Members.

*'Exclusive' means that it is the only Café Metropole Club in Paris that accepts any sort of human being from any part of the planet as members. Any other virtual Café Metropole Clubs in Paris that claim to be real are virtual or outright fake and should not be confused by the sole 'virtual' and authorized 'real' one.

Charter Club Member List

As 'virtual' members induct themselves at the weekly club meetings in Paris, they become 'real' members of the club by signing the semi-official members' booklet.

After becoming 'real,' members will be asked - via email - 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.

This reminds me again that I should send out this list for those who have signed on for it. Last week's deadline for doing this was a mis-statement. The deadline has been moved to 5. April.

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 25th - nearly six months' worth.

Vital 'Update' Information

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 6. April, in Paris. This is not any particular day - in fact it is Saint-Marcellin's Day - so attending the club meeting will not interfere with any festive rites you intend to attend, as the 'Spring Sales' will not be on at the time.

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/Summer-Time scheme of things and far to the west of Paris. If east of Paris, It may be Friday already.

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.' The club has a waiter - it is Patrick again - and you can order anything you want from him because the café has nearly everything, including some French stuff like 'banane slip.' He will keep a tab on this for you to pay before you leave.

La Corona has other areas, including its bar, a small 'salle,' another terrace, and a downstairs waterworks 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 club meetings are held, simply ask any tolerant person standing behind the bar - in any language that suits you - "Où est le club, s'il vous plaît?&qout;

['Club' is pronounced 'cloob.' 'Plaît' is pronounced like 'play.' Don't say the 'ît' part. Some members do, and it doesn't make any difference.]

See you soon - A bientôt à Paris,
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