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These firms are not advertisers in the traditional sense. Metropole only benefits from providing these links if you patronize the services or purchase the products offered.

All three of the firms involved have chosen Metropole Paris for much the same reasons as you've chosen to read it. For this reason there are no banners, logos or jiggly animations to overload the serenity of this magazine, while you search for its sillier parts.


After planning your visit to Paris long in advance and then finally getting here, the worst thing to happen is catching some kind of 'bug.' HighwayToHealth has thought of you and has set up a service that allows you to seek medical aid almost as easily as if you were at home.

HighwayToHealth has set up a 'city health profile' for Paris, which gives you information about local health services, including the ability to make appointments for health care.

This is in addition to a full line of travel insurance, not just for Paris and France, but for the whole world. This is something you will want to take care of before you leave home, so check out all of the 'HighwayToHealth' services for travellers.

Petanque America

As you may have noted during a visit to Paris, the game of pétanque - or boules - can bephoto: boules in hand played anywhere, almost anytime, by nearly everybody. Any bit of ground can be used as a playing field - so all you need are the 'boules' to play with.

The regular ones are made out of metal. You can buy these in France, but they are a bit heavy to carry around in your baggage. 'Petanque America' imports the Obut boules from France and can ship them to you anywhere in the Americas.

Boules in the Luxembourg last Wednesday.

Petanque America's shop also has boules for children, plus books about the game in English. Let Petanque America do the heavy work for you while you train for games by watching the Olympics on TV.

Hotel Bookings

'Bookings' Paris hotel reservation service permits you to get a preview of hotels in Paris, to enable you to choose your Paris accommodations with ease, well in advance of your arrival. The best hotels in Paris are in high demand, so book as soon as you can.

The Café Metropole Club's 47th Meeting

Last Thursday's club meeting was attended by two brand new members from California and by one long-time member - who may not be coming to many meetings in the future, due to leaving the country. Voluntarily.

If you skipped Thursday's update, you missed the horrible 'day' faux-pas. The 'report' has now been fixed, thanks to several eagle-eyed readers - saving me the embarrassment of writing more abject 'excuse-me' emails.

The former 'Club News' in Monday's edition has been transformed into being a plain boilerplate page now known as 'About the Café Metropole Club.' This contains some things that regular readers and club members already know. New readers can look at the new 'About the Club' page, if they are interested in learning more about this magazine's free club for readers in Paris.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 4.35 - 30. Aug. 1999 - This week's Café Metropole columnphoto: sign, no bikes was headlined, 'The Movers.' The 'Au Bistro' column's title was 'Yo-Yo Tax Week.' This issue had two features, titled 'On the Rue de Mouffetard' and 'Paris, Nevada.' The 'Scene' column was headlined 'The Beginning of Fall 1999.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Guys in Skirts.' Oh?

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 3.34/35 - 31. August 1998 - This issue was done to cover the last two-week period of my annual holiday inphoto: theatre marionettes; luxembourg Spain, which I miss acutely these days. The Café Metropole column hinted at even more doziness with the title of: 'Life In the Tame Lane.' There was no 'Au Bistro' column at all. This issue had two features, titled 'The Truth About Spain' and 'One 6000 Km Round Trip.' There were only two new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Siesta's End.' Next week, right here; a real update.

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

This countdown - has been suspended for the duration of August. If you are reading this, you will cheer this economical move. If you aren't, you should be because it's short.

For those still with this, there really are only about 125 days left to go until the 3rd Millennium. For really fussy 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 241 days have gone since New Year's 2000.
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