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Two weeks ago I visited two photo shows. The result of getting seriously into the 'Month' was reported as Two Photo Exhibits - One Off-'Off' and the Other 'On.'

Metropole's Services

The three great firms listed below have chosen Metropole Paris for affiliate association. You - great too! - 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 picnic.

Health Care In Paris

You have probably 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.

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 seemingly simple game of pétanque - or boules - can be played anywhere, almost anytime - by just aboutphoto: metro entry, cafe tabac everybody. Any handy dirt patch 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 with a ton of other Christmas gifts.

More Rue de Belleville.

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

The 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 - some with their wives! - 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 Bumpf

Last Thursday's club meeting was as bizarre as most other meetings which have at least two members who were lawyers not in Florida - being instead actually present in the well-known central Paris café now known worldwide as La Corona.

The 'report' of the meeting may be worth reading because all meetings are interesting, for its incredible 'Bird of the Week' quote orphoto: edith piaf was born here, 19 dec 1915 something. Because a past two-week period is involved, you may as well look at the previous meeting's 'report' while you're at it.

The very next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 30. November - which is the day before December - at the usual time and in the usual place.

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 4.48 - 29. Nov. 1999 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Your 'Ed' Is an Expatriate.' The 'Au Bistro' column's title was 'This 'News' Could Be Full of Facts.' This issue had two features, titled 'One of the Day's Strikes - Taxi Drivers Act Up' and 'Louis d'Orléans Murdered, 'Fearless' Jean Skips.' The Café Metropole Club got into its stimulating routine of silliness with 'The 'Trivial Paris' Board Game' and the meeting's Update featured ''Fluffenutter' or Not?' The 'Scene I' column was headlined 'Blows Up In 1st Week.' The week's other Scene column concerned 'Christmas '99 and '2000.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Early Christmas Shopping.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 3.48 - 30. November 1998 - The week's Café Metropole column was green-crazed with, 'France Plans 'Green Line.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled, 'What Is 'Smoked' Chicken?' Does anybody know? This issue had one shopping feature, titled 'Chapeau, Saskia!' There were two 'Scene' columns, 'The 'Foire Saint-Nicolas' which had Christmas stuff and the 'Pre-Christmas Program IV - Xmas '98,' which had more Christmas stuff. There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Elves On Strike.'

Metropole's Countdown to 31. December 2000:

Many weeks ago I wrote, 'The 21st Century begins on Monday, 1. January 2001' and nobody has written to question this reckless statement. Even if you don't doubt it this is because you are the 'wiserphoto: model hotel sign people' who have read it here for many weeks already. But judging from reader emails on other subjects, some of you do intend to be in Paris when the new Millennium starts.

So far, I have been unable to turn up any sign of any special celebrations for this event, even though it will really happen. Even the usual Christmas festivities seem to be secret. At any rate, last year's countdown was not the 'Really Big One!' regardless of what others may have thought. It doesn't feel like the 3rd Millennium yet, does it?

This leaves only about 34 speedily passing days left to go. Even less, if you are counting shopping days until Christmas. Or more, if you are counting waiting days until the January sales start. During the ultimate countdown, you probably don't realize or care that 332 days have sped away since New Year's 2000. The 2nd Millennium, which has lasted 34 days less than 1000 years, is now nearly over. It is nearly history. Get ready to kiss it goodbye.
signature, regards, ric

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