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But before you start to think I am going to completely flub this report, Eileen's reason for being in Paris is a little different and I caught this before the deluge.

She is on a Columbia University course at the Sorbonne, studying for a Masters Degree in 'Frenchphoto: marilyn burke Cultural Studies.' She explains that this is a course not available to French students, who have to take it in all its bits and pieces over a period of many years.

The course's instructors are Sorbonne professors, who do not teach the course to anybody other than foreign students. Having French 'culture' crammed into one course may be a supermarket way of learning things, but think of all the time it saves!

Marilyn laughs at the idea of the camera making 'thin' photos.

Over the course of the club's history many members have filled in the same answer to question number four in the members booklet, which asks for Paris' least lovely feature.

I have mentioned before that Parisians themselves often cite the same feature; so it is unnecessary to attribute the following quote to any particular member, made about Paris:

"If your eyes are in the clouds your feet are in the merde!"

There! It's been said. Club members, even if they come from all parts of the world, share a common problem with Parisians and use extremely everyday words like 'merde' or 'shit,' so there's no doubt whatsoever about what it is.

At some point after 17:00 the members have risen and put on their coats, scarves, hats and some gloves, and are still exchanging cards, tips and advice as they melt away onto the Quai du Louvre.

In the relative silence remaining behind, Patrick, the club's 'Waiter of the Week,' says that it'll be quieter in the café next week, after this week's long-weekend of Toussaint is over. I don't think so.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

The club's incredibly long history is less than two years in length since its historic beginning. By consulting the 'All Past Issues' file you can find out all about it. It links to all past issues with 'Club Reports' plus hundreds of other unrelated 'past issues.'

Actual real historical details about your Café Metropole Paris Club - as opposed to plain argel-bargel - in Paris, can be found on the 'About the Café Metropole Club page,' which is about your club and is accessible here, and from each issue's 'home' page.

This 'about' page contains vague notions about the free membership, the free members' card and the other free but non-vital non-rules concerning the club and other free but excess column-filler - none of which you actually need to know, unless you want to impress your friends and neighbors who only saw the Champs-Elysées in Paris.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

The club's next meeting will be on Thursday, 9. November. If you are in Paris this is Saint-Théodore's Day, which is not a public holiday but can be celebrated privately if you wish to do so.

Except for this, all of Thursday 'before the club' meeting remains free for your other importantphoto: eileen de micco Paris activities and will be followed by 'after the club,' when you can continue these vital activities.

The café La Corona meeting place will again be open like it is every Thursday - 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 if your clock has only about 12 numbers, either Roman or Arabic, as decoration.

Eileen continues 'French Cultural Studies' at the club - kind of.

Come to the next meeting during its official hours. If you come at some other time the club's café will still be in operation, but will not have any members mentioning historically important 'Cities of the Week' and unmentionable 'New Words of the Week' that are sorry features of some club meetings.

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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