Still Unanswered: 'Why?'

photo: corona terrace, quai du louvre

Some non-club members, trying to decide on using La Corona's terrace for Paris-gazing.

News About the 'Café Metropole Club'

Paris:- Saturday, 29. July 2000:- Last Thursday Donna and I had a quiet club meeting, with just the two of us together. Again, La Corona's 'Grande Salle' was without any non-members.

It was so calm that almost the biggest event was the fact of 'Waiter of the Week' Patrick Le Cam working on a Thursday, when normally, as he said, "Jamais le jeudi!" was his shift.

There was no 'Drink of the Week' because we forgot to have one. I thought the 'Quote of the Week' was quite good, but I'm not going to repeat the translated version here - which is the samephoto: no show members check sales as the 'club report' version.. The 'City of the Week' was sufficiently obscure, but somewhat spurious so I won't repeat it either.

Other non-club members are wondering if they should buy something 'on sale' before it's too late.

Donna and her companion are looking for an apartment to rent in Paris, so we talked about this. She said they were looking at some 'grand standing' places and I asked her if they had any street markets near them.

It's just something to consider. 'Grand standing,' whatever it means, doesn't mean much if you have to lug six-packs of mineral water for more than a kilometre; or if there isn't a boulangerie within 50 metres.

The meeting ended before its time was up because I think Donna had a date to look at an apartment. Finding a good place to live in Paris takes precedence over lasting out the full two hours of a club meeting.

Member's 'Amen' And Utrillo Tip

Last week's email from George Broadhead triggered the following message from club member in good standing, Dana Shaw:

"As to George Broadhead's e-mail, all I can say is 'amen.' How right he is.

"I'm in the process of getting my weekly Metropole fix. The bit about Utrillo was particularly interesting as he is one of Jan's and my favorite Impressionists. Indeed, our only sojourn beyond the city limits of Paris during our two month stay last fall was to go to the Utrillo Museum in Sannois.

"It's an easy ride on the RER 'C-3' line - in the direction of Argenteuil. Once there, an easy stroll up the main street finds one in front of an excellent Chinese restaurant. We stopped for lunch, stuffed ourselves and left with change from a 100 franc note, as I recall - not bad for a wonderful meal for two.

"The museum is only a short distance further along, located in the old Mairie - the new, larger one is right next door. When we arrived, we were the only ones there and had a great chat with a young couple who were working at the desk. They were very knowledgeable about Utrillo but spoke little English. It was no problem for me, but non-French speakers might find a dialogue with them a bit challenging.

"They wondered how we had ever heard of the museum in Paris and were delighted that we had found it in the weekly publication of events, 'Pariscope.'

"Regardless, the museum, although rather small, is exceptionally well done and includes a long, repeating video loop about Utrillo's life and work. Jan and I had a wonderful day there."

The Reason Why

This is not the name of some super song-and-dance musical production in Paris, but an explanation of how the painter Maurice Utrillo got into this column.

As club secretary I feel that George Broadhead's suggestion needs to be seconded; and as editor of 'Metropole Paris' I think it is important to demonstrate that club members can find things on their own without any help from the club, me, or Metropole. Dana Shaw has done all three.

I remember perfectly well that Maurice Utrillo was the subject of some good suggestions by Shirley Lindsay in last week's 'Café' column. But Sannois' location has been a mystery to me for years. I imagined it to be southeast of Paris.

This is, mind you, even after mentioning it in the 'Scene' column last week, in connection with the Ile-de-France's 'Fugues Impressionistes,' which places Sannois firmly to the northwest of Paris.

Dana's mention of the RER 'C' line rang the bell. By taking the brochure for Sannois' Musée Utrillo-Valadon exhibition titled 'La Vie de Bohème' andphoto: club's cafe looking very carefully with aid of a magnifying-glass at some four-point type, its location becomes evident. And doubly so when I look at a map of the RER lines.

It wasn't the 'Drink of the Week,' but I had some café anyway.

Maybe I should have titled this section 'Sannois Found!' but it wasn't lost. I think I must have been still jet-lagged last week without knowing it. Anyway, while on the subject, here is Sannois again:

'La Vie de Bohème' - is currently on view at the Musée Utrillo-Valadon until 14. February 2001, in Sannois in the Val d'Oise. Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 17:00, and on Fridays until 18:30. Take the RER 'C-3' line to Argenteuil and get off at Sannois. Infotel.: 01 39 98 21 44.

About the Club

The Café Metropole Club is a meeting place in Paris for the readers of the weekly online magazine 'Metropole Paris' - which is the online magazine you are reading right now - who are in Paris on a Thursday and are in the vicinity of the club's café at the right time.

Readers of the magazine who have not had a chance to attend a club meeting can become members of the club by inducting yourselves into it in the privacy of your own homes, no matter where you live. Becoming a member has no negative effect on your universal rights as human beings or as readers.

The club is informal. There is no 'club poem' for you to learn. The club's unwritten and unofficial rules state quite clearly that the club has no 'rules.' There are no unofficial secret signs, signals or other jive. Even non-readers of the online magazine have also become members.

The 'Report' of the Last Thursday's Meeting

See way above.

Club Fine-Print Suspended

This was threatened weeks ago, and went into force weeks ago. If you are a demon for large-size fine-print and want to read it again, or for the first time, please refer to 'Past Issues' or hit some of the links to past 'Club News' pages. Like the one just below.

The Café Metropole Club Membership Card

photo: virtual membership cardThis is the Café Metropole Club's tatty membership card. The rest of the mumbo-jumbo concerning this can still be found on the 'Club News' page where it last appeared some eons ago. However long ago is was, you get no archeology prize for looking it up.

Basically, having this card in your possession is not officially necessary, is not a 'rule' because there aren't any, and it is unofficially not discouraged.

The Next Club Meeting

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 3. August, in Paris. This is Sainte Lydie's Day in Paris. If you need to observe the conventions of this day, remember that after subtracting club time, there are still several hours left on this day for other activities.

What? Where? When? How? Why?

photo: location map, la coronaHere are the day, time and location details for you to note:

Café-Tabac La Corona
2. Rue de l'Amiral Coligny - or - 30. Quai du Louvre
Paris 1. Métro: Louvre-Rivoli or Pont-Neuf
Next Thursday at 15:00, until 17:00. In non-continental terms, even in Paris, the times are from 3 pm to 5 pm.

The directions about the café La Corona which used to be here can still be found on an old 'Club News' page. Like, whole eons old. The information not here describes the club's location within the café La Corona. This can be summed up as: ask at the café's bar or go behind it into the 'grande salle.' The way is signposted.

See you soon - A bientôt à Paris,
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