...Continued from page 1

Charles really likes Paris, so he doesn't visit it often. With 37 years since his last visit - which was three times in one year - all he wants to do is sit in a café.

Both of the new members like the food, but think it is expensive. Evidently they have anticipated this by assembling a 'war-chest' full of francs, and have carefully made their reservations in advance. Imagine - pouring over guide books for 37 years. It must build up an appetite.

I think they are both a bit stunned to be in Paris, or maybe they had a big lunch. Charles shows mephoto: tartes tatin chaudes his fat Pelikan 800-model pen, which is full of French Waterman ink. When I try it and immediately blot the meeting reports' booklet, he tells me its color is 'Havana.'

'Tartes Tatin Chaudes' are not the 'Food of the Week,' but the sign's color is nearly 'Havana.'

It is darker in color than the café blot I made in the reports booklet during the 11. May session of the Café Metropole Club. A fair amount of time has passed since then without a similar incident, so it becomes this week's 'Blot of the Week.'

Because of the late start and all the 'facts' I found before, the meeting ends some time after its unofficial end. We all go out on La Corona's Quai du Louvre terrace and practice taking photos of each other.

I shoot some 'from the hip' and these later turn out to be on 40-degree angles, but Charles aims carefully and I see his camera's red-dot catch me right on the forehead. Then the new members wander off towards the Pont-Neuf, probably discussing menus.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

The date for the club's next meeting is Thursday, 29. June. This will be the twinned Saints-Pierre and Paul's Day in Paris. If you sense it is Thursday and you seem to be at a total loss with what to do with yourself, come to the meeting without fail.

The server-lady Linda Thalman will be acting secretary because I think I will be somewhere over Greenland during the meeting. Linda hasphoto: quai du louvre, leaving meeting all the unofficial 'rules' and the unofficial new members' questionnaire, but I seriously doubt that there will be any meeting report put online on the same day.

Charles says, "One more shot!" But Nicole thinks I already have enough red dots on my forehead.

If you do have the bon chance - 'good luck!' in English - to be in some other paradise, but you do remember it is the day for your club's meeting - wherever you are you can say "It is Café Metropole Club day in Paris again!"

The café La Corona meeting place will again be open on both outside terraces like today - plus all of its inside places - so the time for your club's meeting remains from 15:00 to 17:00 - which is also known as 3 pm to 5 pm, depending on what sort of egg-timer you may have - provided its sand hasn't run out.

Come as you are - especially if you can. If you do not expect to be present you can read the regular - this week's - Monday page for this week's general club's news, which is about nothing I can remember. I might read it again myself.

Monday's 'club news' will be available next week in Metropole's regular edition, pretty much as usual. Then for a couple of weeks afterwards, you will get a holiday from it.

The café's location is still:

Café-Tabac La Corona
2. Rue de l'Amiral Coligny - or - 30. Quai du Louvre
Paris 1. Métro: Louvre-Rivoli or Pont-Neuf

A bientôt à Paris,
signature, regards, ric

Go to page : 1 - 2
In Metropole Paris
Latest Issue
2008 Issues
2007 | 2006 | 2005
2004 | 2003 | 2002
2001 | 2000 | 1999
1998 | 1997 | 1996
In Metropole Paris
About Metropole
About the Café Club
Links | Search Site
The Lodging Page
Paris Museums List
Metropole's 1996 Tours
Metropole's 2003 Tours
Support Metropole
Metropole's Books
Shop with Metropole
Metropole's Wine
metropole paris goodblogweek button
Send email concerning the
contents to: Ric Erickson, Editor.
Metropole Midi © 2014
– unless stated otherwise.
logo, metropole sml midi logo No matter how good it tastes,
there is no such thing
as a free lunch.
Waldo Bini