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Metropole's Services

The three great firms listed below have chosen Metropole Paris for affiliate association. You - also great - have chosen to read Metropole, so you have something in common.

Affiliation permits 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, or permit me to have an occasional hot lunch of hay.

Health Care In Paris

You probably have planned your trip to Paris long in advance. As unlikely as it is to happen, if you bring a mean 'bug' with you, it doesn't have mean that your holiday will be spoiled.

HighwayToHealth provides access to 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.

French Pétanque In America

The French game of pétanque - or boules - can be played anywhere, almost anytime - by just about everybody. Any handy 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 French 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 also has books, containing the short list of simple rules for the game. 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 hauling for you.

Online Paris Hotel Reservations

Don't wait until you get to Paris to book your hotel, only to learn that 35,000 dentists have arrived - for the World Dental Congress, from Wednesday, 29. November to Saturday, 2. December! Reserve your accommodations now through 'Bookings' Paris hotel reservation service.

Doing this will permit you to preview the hotels available in Paris and enable you to choose your lodgings with a minimum of fuss and bother.

Café Metropole Club's News and Flackery

Last Thursday's club meeting was as disorganized as most other meetings which have more had than two members actually present in the well-known central Paris café now known worldwide as La Corona.

The 'report' of the meeting may be worth reading evenphoto: bistro falstaff if I have no memory of it at all. All meetings are interesting so you may as well read about it anyway, for its amazing 'Quotes of the Week' or something.

The very next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 16. November, at the usual time and in the usual place. Note that this will be Beaujolais Nouveau Day - which only happens once a year - and very seldom on a Thursday. This too will be happening in the club's café La Corona in Paris.

New readers can also take a look at the fairly recent version of 'About the Club' to find out about the 'usual time and place.' This page also contains other mildly useful and reasonably informative information about this free club in Paris. The Café Metropole Club is the only free club in Paris for readers of the online magazine, Metropole Paris.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 4.46 - 15. Nov. 1999 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Terminal Weasels.' The 'Au Bistro' column's title was 'The War of the Beef.' This issue had one feature, titled 'Blue Skies In Paris - Rare In November.' The Café Metropole Club got into its boring routine of nonsense with 'Pets Gain Right To Join' and the meeting's Update featured 'A New Member - the Server-Lady!' Plus there was another update titled 'The Beaujolais Nouveau of the Century.' The 'Scene' column was headlined 'Online Ticket Sales.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Are Summer Sales Soon?' And, of course, they were not.

Next Week: This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 4.47 - 22. Nov. 1999 - The week's Café Metropole column was Internet-business crazy with, 'We Gain Readers.' The 'Au Bistro' column was headlined, 'Speleologists Rescued.' This issue had one feature, titled 'Artist's Open Doors On a Freezing Day.' The Café Metropole Club kept up its PR barrage with its ''City of the Week' Program' and the report, '7th Meeting - More Odd Questions.' There were two 'Scene' columns, 'A New Look' and 'Christmas '99 and '2000.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Roller King.'

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

Several weeks ago I wrote, 'The 21st Century begins on Monday, 1. January 2001' and if you ask me it is about time I wrote something new. Even if you already know this because you are the 'wiser people' who have read this several times already, it still doesn't explainphoto: academie de la grande chaumiere 1904 why the general reaction by all concerned is nil. A non-reaction like this is not Metropole- reader-like. If it keeps up I'll also quit mentioning that Thanksgiving is a whole week after Beaujolais Nouveau Day, next Thursday.

You do remember New Year '2000' was just a rehearsal? Is this the first time you are reading this? To explain, last year's countdown was not the 'Really Big One!' regardless of what you may have thought. It doesn't feel like the 3rd Millennium yet, does it? Why do you think the US election has been so special? Because it is the last one in the old 2nd Millennium, that's why.

This leaves only about 48 ever-shorter 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 one and only 3rd Millennium. Even if you were on Pluto - or offline! - during the last countdown, you probably don't realize or care that 318 days have dribbled away since New Year's 2000. The 2nd Millennium, which lasted nearly 1000 years, is now nearly over once and for all. It is nearly history. I don't know how you'll explain it to your kids.
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