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There are many fishing ports along the western coasts too. This translates into an abundance of fresh fish and shellfish nearly everywhere you go. In many places there are also attractive places to visit inland, which is easily accessible.

Despite oil-spill fears, there is little pollution you are likely to run into. Because of the area's disaster of a July, you can expect friendly service and perhaps even lower prices.

Paris' Summer Day

photo: model boat rental in tuileriesThis is featured in this issue as an article in which I claim last Tuesday was 'Summer In Paris.' Let's just say it was Paris' first truly summer-like day. I certainly hope there are more of them.

Without intending it, rivers, seas and boats are in this issue.

But because it was the first, nearly all of the photos in this issue - for the article, for this Café column and for the Au Bistro column - were all taken on Tuesday, 2. August. I have some spares too.

Hotel Reservations In Paris

It has come to my bank's attention that Metropole Paris should be making some money out of all this larking around Paris. An online hotel reservation group asked me if I could point readers to them. When they also said they could offer a direct link to their Paris hotels, I said okay.

If you need or want to reserve a hotel in Paris, give 'Bookings' a try. If it works out okay for you, it'll make my banker's happy.

The Café Metropole Club's 44th Meeting

Last Thursday's club meeting was attended by the club's secretary in person and one new member, Anthony Dainora, who said he visits Paris often. If you haven't already, read the meeting's 'report.' You can do so now unless you are busy doing something else, like reading the old but constantly updated stuff below instead.

Starting this week, Monday's 'Club News' has been banished to being a eternally boring page now known as 'About the Café Metropole Club.' This contains everything that regular readers and club members already know. If the 'club' ever features some new and exciting element, I will mention it here.

New readers should look at the new 'About the Club' page at least once. Doing it once is not terribly boring.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 4.32 - 9. Aug. 1999 - The week's Café Metropole column was headlined, 'August Laziness Sets In.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled 'The Eclipse, Pots of Money and No Smoking.' This issue had no features at all, except one titled 'The Big Tour - Short Version.' Sheer laziness! The 'Scene' column had 'Eclipsogoggle! Is Here.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week wasphoto: plaque, l'avenir du proletariat captioned 'Digital Camera; Latest Model.' August in Paris is not a great month for being inventive.

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 3.32/33 - 17. August 1998 - The Café Metropole column hinted at even more doziness with the title of: 'The Shortest 'Café' Column.' There was no 'Au Bistro' column at all. This issue had only one feature, titled 'Going Wrong In Normandy.' Something else was called 'Extra Photos From Back Then.' There only two new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Siesta In Trouble.' This issue was done to cover my annual holiday in Spain, which I no longer take but wish I did.

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

This countdown - let's just say its plug has been pulled for this month. If you are reading this, you will cheer this clever move. If you aren't, you won't notice the difference.

For those still with this, there really are only about 146 days left to go until the 3rd Millennium. For really picky readers, this figure is correct. On account of this section being kind of turned off on account of August, you probably won't care that 220 days have gone since New Year's 2000.
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