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Once out of town, there is supposed to be no problem, because this is not summer and everybody isn't heading towards the same beach. Actually, with this extra-long weekend, many residents will be visiting families, spread all over France.

It seems as if the 35-hour work week will work out very nicely - not for everybody of course - and permit France to have something like a Thanksgiving fête, at Halloween.

The commercial possibilities of this haven't been fully worked out yet, but I'm sure we will all be aware of them by 2011.

The only thing left to wonder about is the traffic situation on Sunday, 5. November - when all the scattered revelers try to return to Paris at the same time together.

Metropole's Services

The three firms listed below have chosen Metropole Paris for affiliate association. You're reading Metropole, so you have something in common.

Affiliation is a way for Metropole to offer you products and 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 probably have planned your trip to Paris long in advance. As unlikely as it is to happen, if you are hit by a nasty 'bug' after getting here, it doesn't have mean that your holiday will be spoiled.

HighwayToHealth allows you to seek medical care here almost as easily as 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 with doctors and for 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.

Pétanque In America With French Boules

The French game of pétanque - or boules - can be played nearly anywhere, almost anytime - by just about everybody. Anyphoto: poster, mois de la photo free patch of the earth can be used as a playing field - as you probably know 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 casually hauling around in your luggage.

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

Petanque America's online shop has books about the game and its short list of simple rules. It also has 'junior' boules for children. While you shop around for the less weighty souvenirs of Paris, get 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 85,000 dentists have arrived the day before you. Reserve now through 'Bookings' Paris hotel reservation service. Doing this will give you a chance to preview the hotels available in Paris and aid your choice of lodgings with a minimum of fuss and bother.

5th Meeting of the Café Metropole Club's 2nd Year

Last Thursday's meeting was your club's 4th in its second year of regular meetings in the well-known central Paris café now known worldwide as La Corona, official headquarters of the Café Metropole Club.

The 'report' of the meeting is worth reading. If you were engrossed by the 'subway' World Series in Newphoto: sign, rue de moscou York City you will know its outcome by now, so reading about the meeting will be a good cheer-up, with its brand new flood of unusual 'firsts.'

Before getting too entangled with all this, try to remember that the very next meeting of the Café Metropole Club's second year will be on Thursday, 2. November, at the usual time and 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 slightly useful and reasonably 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 do.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 4.44 - 1. Nov. 1999 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, with some reason, ''Home' In Paris.' The 'Au Bistro' column's title was 'French Win Rugby, Somehow.' This issue had two features, titled 'American Dreams In Paris' and 'Declining a Beard Trim In Jordon' by Linda Thalman. The Café Metropole Club got into its regular swing of 'bombast' with 'Dizzily Climbing Memshership' and the Update was 'Europe Has Better Gadgets.' The 'Scene' column was headlined 'Mose, Not Noah of the 'Flood." There were two sets of new posters: four 'American' posters andphoto: sign, place de dublin two regulars - that is, Parisian ones. Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Happy Hour.' As in, a time of day and not necessarily a funny cartoon.

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 3.44 - 2. November 1998 - The week's Café Metropole column was art-and- money-laden, with, 'Unique Picasso Collection Auctioned.' The 'Au Bistro' column was headlined, 'Paris Is Wet!' This issue had one feature, titled 'Dancing On the River - The Seine's Future?' Makiko Suzuki emailed from Toyko to tell us about 'Lady Liberty's' holiday there being about to begin. The 'Scene' column was headlined 'Tango's Last Gasp?' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Ya gotta light?' Which is not kosher English.

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

Last week I wrote here, 'The 21st Century starts on Monday, 1. January 2001.' Even if you already know this because you are the 'wiser people' who read this last week and the week before, what is this 'Ho Hum' I'm getting back? A reaction like this is not Metropole-reader-like.

Having our own countdown is estupendo! I don't understand the big yawn. You remember New Year '2000' was just a rehearsal? A tryout countdown, like an out-of-town opening in Alice Springs? Last year's countdown was not the 'Really Big One!' It doesn't feel like the 3rd Millennium yet, does it? Let's hear some whoopee!

This leaves only about 62 measely days left to go - or less, if you are counting shopping days until Christmas - or more if you are counting waiting days until January's sales start - until we all arrive in the 3rd Millennium. Even if you were on Mars during the last countdown, you probably won't care that now 304 days have slithered away since New Year's 2000. The 2nd Millennium, which lasted nearly 1000 years, is now more nearly over than ever. It's nearly history, for Pete's sake!.
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