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This is unlikely as the historical places for this are either the Place de la Concorde or in front of the Hôtel de Ville. Actually, Paris has a lot of ex-places of executions, but I don't think the Etoile was ever one of them.

This leaves me with no space left to answer the frequent question about how traffic is regulated at Etoile. Let me just say that on Friday one policeman with a whistle and a radio-phone - used as a baton - had the situation under extraordinary control.

It looked to me that this was done with extreme risk to life and limb, but the whistle and the radio-phone seemed perfectly adequate for stopping eight lanes of cars going around the Arc de Triomphe, so that five lanes of cars could enter it from the Avenue de la Grande Armée.

Frankly, it was so smoothly carried out that it looked like everybody had rehearsed it thousands of times.

Metropole's Services

The three firms listed below have chosen Metropole Paris for affiliate association for the same reasons as you've chosen to read it, so you have something in common.

Affiliation is a way for Metropole to offer you products or services related to Paris. You benefit, these firms benefit and any modest benefits for Metropole will help it to stay online.

Health Care In Paris

You may have planned your trip to Paris long in advance. As unlikely as it is to happen, if you are hit by a mean 'bug' after getting here, it doesn't have mean that your holiday will be spoiled.

The service provider HighwayToHealth allows you to seek medical care here almost as easily as if you were at home. A 'city health profile' for Paris has been created by HighwayToHealth, to give you information about local health care, including the ability to make appointments for access to medical services.

For peace of mind, take a look at this before you leave home. See 'HighwayToHealth' for its health care and insurance services for travellers.

French Pétanque In America

The French game of pétanque - or boules - can be played anywhere, almost anytime - by everybody. Anyphoto: rose wine and club menu old dirt patch can be used as a playing field - as you are probably aware of if you've seen the game played around Paris.

Regulation boules are made out of metal. These are available in France, but they are a bit heavy for hauling around in your luggage.

'Petanque America' imports France's quality Obut boules and will ship them to you anywhere in the Americas.

At Thursday's club meeting, one member had pink wine.

Petanque America's online shop also has books about the game and its short list of rules. It also has junior boules for children. While you shop around for the less weighty souvenirs of Paris, let Petanque America to do the heavy work for you.

Online Paris Hotel Reservations

Don't wait until you get to Paris to book your hotel, only to learn that 35,000 doctors have arrived the day before you. Reserve now through 'Bookings' Paris hotel reservation service. Doing this will permit you to preview of hotels available in Paris and enable you to choose your accommodations with a minimum of fuss and bother.

3rd Meeting of the Café Metropole Club's 2nd Year

Last Thursday's meeting was your club's 54th, which was also the first meeting after its first birthday - and - another 'first!' - its second meeting of its second year of existence.

The 'report' of the meeting after the party is worth reading even if you have been too distracted to read it already, even though it was another 'big' meeting you shouldn't have missed.

Before getting too engrossed in all this, try to remember that the third meeting of the Café Metropole Club's second year will be on Thursday, 19. October at the usual time in the usual place.

Brand new readers can also take a look at the fairly new 'About the Club' page to find out about the 'usual time and place.' This page also contains other mildly useful and fairly accurate information about this magazine's club for readers in Paris. If you have not been aware that an online magazine can have a 'real' club in Paris, now you know.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 4.42 - 18. Oct. 1999 - This week's Café Metropole column was headlined 'Gaité In Crises.' The 'Au Bistro' column's title was 'Official Heros: Médecines Sans Frontières.' This issue had one feature titled 'Anyone for Pétanque?' The Café Metropole Club began its irregular career with 'More Hot Air' and 'Update: 'Not Full of Smoke!' - forphoto: sugn, maison de victor hugo the Club's 2nd Meeting.' The 'Scene' column was headlined 'Tango Is Back!' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Weekday Stress.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 3.42 - 19. October 1998 - The week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Get On the New Métro and Drive!' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled, 'Student Demos in France.' This issue had one feature, titled 'No Hassle From Airport to Snow - Gare du Nord to Lyon.' The 'Scene' column was headlined 'The 'Italian Autumn.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'All Aboard!' Aboard the Flabby tire?

Metropole's Exclusive & Solo Countdown to 31. December 2000:

Wiser people - they do exist! - one of them is probably you! - know that the 21st Century starts on Monday, 1. January 2001. The big celebration we had on the last evening of the lastphoto: sign, jeu de paume de paris day in 1999 - which was great! - for New Year '2000' was just a rehearsal; a tryout countdown. Last year's countdown was not the 'Big One.' The world didn't end, did it?

Everybody who wasn't wiped out by the 'End of the World' has probably realized this by now. This leaves only about 76 days left to go - until the 'End of the World' again? - definitely not! - no, until we arrive in the 3rd Millennium. Even if you remember the last countdown, you probably won't care that now 290 days have slipped and slid away since New Year's 2000. What's gone is long gone and this includes the 2nd Millennium, which is now more nearly gone than ever, and for good too.
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