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In 1994, Adrian moved to Paris with her daughter. Shephoto: hot dog kiosk, trocadero needed to eat so she wrote 'The Leeds Good Value Guide to Paris Restaurants,' which is the result of her insatiable desire for great food at bargain prices, plus an addiction to food.

Little snack stands are called 'buvettes,' and they are all over Paris.

Surprisingly, although 'living to eat,' Adrian is a normal-sized person, and I think she should write another book to explain exactly how she can do everything she does - except eat a whole club sandwich - while 'pigging-out' in America, or, as she puts it, 'dining' in France.

Not being able to find American delicacies such as pea soup in Paris, I have illustrated Adrian's article with photos of 'French stuff,' most of which can be 'taken out' and some of it can even be eaten with your own fingers, or borrowed ones.

Café Metropole Club's 31th Session

The 31th weekly meeting - over the 30-weeks mark! - of the 'Café Metropole Club' marked another unexpected mini upsurge in 'real' membership last Thursday, and included a minor accessory-style new 'First of the Week.' You can read about it on last week's 'Club 'Report'' page even if you have already read it once or twice.

If you haven't read it even once yet, you should do so because it isn't re-run in this issue - on account of an important issue raised by a 'virtual' Café Metropole Club member - which is on the weekly page that masquerades as 'Club News.'

The club's next meeting will be on Friday, 19. May - see this week's 'Club News' page for details on how to tell whether it is Friday or not when you are in Paris.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 4.20 - 17. May 1999 - This week's Café Metropole column was headlined, 'Doing the 'Scene' in Paris.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled 'The 'Ponts' of May,' about Europe's no-work month. This issue had one whole feature, titled 'Boullay - London - Boullay' which was by Linda Thalman. There were two eMail pages. On one, Janet Norton and Sedona wanted to know 'Is Paris Safe?' On the other, 'The Brooms May change' was from Jim Auman, and there a no-return-address message from China. The 'Scene' columnphoto: place colette had 'No 'Prolongation' In Sight for Pont des Arts.' There were four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Herb Meets Dali By Chance' - but then, how else could you meet him these days?

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 3.20 - 18. May 1998 - The Café Metropole column had an alarming title: 'No Cause For Alarm - Yet.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled 'All Sorts of News For Visitors.' This issue had three snappy features, titled 'Who's Afraid of the RER?' by Linda Thalman - again! - plus the slightly snappier 'Life On the Road in France' by M-R Erickson, and the ultra snazzy 'Public Transport Tariff Maze Explained,' by nameless but-you-know-who. There were four 'Posters of the Week' as usual. Ric's Cartoon of the Week was had the theatening caption of 'Clochards Get Ready To Greet You.'

Metropole Paris' Nearly Solo Countdown to 31. December 2000:

This is the 20th issue of the year - the next one will require digits other than fingers and toes to count. Since I wrote last week that I wasn't going to whine about nobody but contest contestants reading this anymore, I haven't been able to think up an insanely easy, and exciting contest that will have lots of winners, even for contestants who don't read this.

Moreover - what a silly word! - I am still plugging away with all the stray centimos and odd Francisco Franco pesetas I have and putting them into the panzer-rackete-knackproof Deutschebundespost piggybank - mehr noch! - ausgeclipping all the kuponsphoto: l'ecume st honore I find on what few packaged goods I buy - such as cigarette packages. It doesn't add up. French cigarette packages don't have coupons. If only the darn piggybank would cough up!

Fresh fish on the dish - from the 'wave' on Rue Marché Saint-Honoré.

This new countdown will last only 366 days, minus the 136 days already gone. The official reason for doing this is to give the Tour Eiffel a new chance to 'hit the button' once and for all. This is a re-rundown for many count-down fans who missed shouting 'Zéro' on Friday, 31. December 1999 when Paris' countdown display blanked out with only minutes left to go. If you don't happen to be a count-down fan, then you can skip reading this. But I warn you that if you do - you will miss the next ultra-exciting contest, even if I don't know what the prize will be, yet.

There are only about 230 days left to go until the 3rd Millennium. For really alert readers, this figure is again correct, I guess. The thing I like least about the count-down is calculating the days gone and the days-to-go each week. I do this by taking lint out of one pocket and putting it into any other one.
signature, regards, ric

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