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The Sedov carries 117 naval cadets, some as young as 13, and their moms were worried. On Sunday, Finistère peasants supplied a load of fresh agricultural products to the ship, which were delivered by an old cargo sailer.

Paris' New Big Spenders

According to the Paris Tourist Office, Chinese and Russian visitors have taken top honors as big spenders this summer in Paris. But helped by a strong dollar, Americans are reported to be spending more.

Americans also top visitor numbers with 1.9 million, followed by the Italians and the British with a million each. Russians are expected to number 165,000 and Chinese nationals will probably exceed 400,000.

Counting shopping and restaurants but not lodging, the Chinese are estimated to be spending 800 francs per day. This is not hard to understand as the summer sales are still going strong.

Roller Rando Canceled

I don't know if it was for the first time, but Friday night's traditional roller rando was called off when police authorities decided the roads were too slippery for safety.

The Paris-Roller organizers, withdrew their support after the Prefecture offered four unacceptable routes through Paris. Several groups set off for a 'wild' run, without the protection of the habitual police escort and the roller cops.

Internet SuperCafé Planned

A British zillionaire plans to open a monster cybercafé in Paris on or near the Boulevard Sébastopol between now and December. It will have 450 Internet-access stations and be open 24 hours a day.

Already in operation with similar centres in London, Amsterdam and Barcelona, the 'easyEverything' chain expects to have rates as low as ten francs for the time period between 02:00 and 09:00 in the mornings. The ten francs is for six hours of connection; not 'per hour.'

The French operator Vivendi has a similar boutique in the Avenue Hoche, where crowds now wait in line for 15 minutes of free access.

Cybercafés started off with a bit of a wave some years ago, but most of the apparent ones have disappeared. Bigger operators such as France Télécom and Vivendi have stepped into the gap as the 'cyber' mentality has given way to the 'Dot.Com' crowd.

The Briton, who owns the discount airline EasyJet, says he is going to open four of these super Internet cafés in Paris within a year. He expects competition, and vows to only charge for the café if necessary. Free café and 30 francs an hour for access I could stand.

Summer Sales Continue

The summer sales began in Paris on Tuesday, 27. June and continue to early August. The best bargains on the best stuff are long gone, but for routine items you can still make significant savings.

'Bargains' means this year's summer fashions that haven't already been snapped up. Discounts willphoto: senat concert, 14 july range from 20 to 50 percent off regular prices. By law, sale prices have to be shown together with the original retail prices.

A tiny fraction of the estimated 20,000-strong crowd of spectators for the concert in the Luxembourg.

Also by law, only items that were in stock at the beginning of the 'sales' are allowed to be sold. This doesn't prevent shops from stocking up in anticipation, but is to ensure that more and lesser-quality goods are not put on the shelves while the sales are on.

'No exchanges, no refunds' are the rule, us usual. But don't forget to enquire about sales-tax refunds if you are taking goods out of Europe.

Web Life In France:

Summer Festivals

Take a look at the Ministry of Culture's Web site for the section "Organismes" and then look for the Festivals category, and you should find nearly 1000 events on this summer throughout France. These are classified by regions, themes or key-words and the information is updated weekly with addresses and telephone numbers. There are also some links to additional information.

Paris' Peace Wall, Forever

This still leaves the URL for Paris' Peace Wall which I imagine is still on the Champ de Mars. If so, this 'Mur Pour la Paix' is worthwhile because 'Peace' lives on! You can also learn how to read the word 'peace' in 31 languages, including German Swiss.

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