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Since we all know that Linda lives out at the Cadillac Ranch, there is no 'City of the Week' this week. In a surprise move, she orders a straight bottle of tonic, with a carafe of water on the side. "I'm thirsty," is the only excuse she gives.

No matter how silly your club in Paris may get, water is never going to be designated as the 'Drink of the Week' and "I'm thirsty" is not clever enough to become the 'Quote of the Week' no matter how true it may be.

The weather is pleasant and the cafe's doors are open. Linda has used public transport to get to the club today. She's afraid to drive her car because it uses gas when she runs it around. Parked, it keeps its full tank.

The odd thing is, not only are there no other club members or prospective ones for membership on hand today, the café La Corona has almost no other customers, inside or out on its terraces.

What is ever odder is that traffic on the normally bumper-to-bumper Quai du Louvre is practically non-existent. The day of the club's one and only 49thphoto: linda's drinks meeting is perfect for sitting on one of the two outside terraces!

This isn't a 'Thing of the Week,' this is a 'Miracle of the Century!' We agree it is so odd that I go out and take a photo of no traffic on the Quai du Louvre.

Linda's two H2O non-'Drinks of the Week.

Linda has to leave early so I have ten minutes to kill before the meeting is officially over. When I get through this non-period and go, there are still no trucks, buses, cars, motorcycles, bicyclists, scooters or roller people on the Quai du Louvre. The traffic police at the Pont Neuf are staring at the sky.

I skip the métro and go over to the Place du Châtelet and get on an empty 38 bus. It whizzes across the Ile de la Cité and zips up the Boulevard Saint-Michel - only stopping at traffic lights and to pick up a few passengers.

I wonder if this unusual aspect of today will be mentioned in tomorrow's newspapers. It might be the unique 'Day of the Least Traffic' in Paris.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

For more details about the Café Metropole Paris Club in Paris, please read 'About the Café Metropole Club,' whichphoto: empty coffee is about your club and is accessible here, and from each issue's 'home' page.

Easy come, fast to go - the $4.20 cup of café.

This 'about' page contains all the details of the free membership, the free members' card and the other free unofficial non-rules concerning the club and other free but needless information - none of which you really need to know. But look at this page anyway, unless you already know more than you want to.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

The date for the club's next meeting is Thursday, 14. September. Although this is the 'Croix Glorieuse' Day in Paris, the whole rest of the day remains free for other random activities.

The café La Corona meeting place will again be open like today - and the time for your club's meeting remains from 15:00 to 17:00 - which is also known as 3 pm to 5 pm. Come to the next meeting during its official hours - unless you get a better offer you can't refuse, to be elsewhere.

The café's location is:

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,
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