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You will benefit from these affiliates, these firms benefit and any modest benefits for Metropole will help it to stay online, or permit me to have an occasional extra café.

Health Care In Paris

You have probably planned your trip to Paris long in advance. As unlikely as it is to happen, if you trip over a speed bump crossing the Quai de Louvre, 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 enjoyable but simple game of pétanque - or boules - can be played anywhere, almost anytime - by just about 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 40 kilos of other Christmas gifts.

'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 rules for the game. It also has 'junior' boules for children. While you shop around for the less weighty but more expensive souvenirs of Paris, let Petanque America to do your boule-trucking for you.

Online Paris Hotel Reservations

Don't wait until you get to Paris to book your hotel, only to learn that 32,889 astrologists got here for a convention first. Reserve your accommodations now through 'Bookings' Paris hotel reservation service.

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

Café Metropole Club's News and Fiction

Tradition continued last Thursday at the club meeting which was no more bizarre than other meetings which have featured an absent secretary. Loyal on-site backup was provided by the server-lady Linda Thalman and our mutual pal, Adrian 'I Love to Eat' Leeds.

For technical reasons, the 'report' of the meeting appears in this issue forphoto: shopping rue daguerre the first time. Although written by the club's secretary from accurate notes, it may seem somewhat fictional. 'Local color,' of the purely fictional variety, has been omitted.

Regular Saturday shopping in the Rue Daguerre.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 14. December - which is the first Thursday in mid-December - at the usual time and in the usual place.

New readers can also take a look at the current version of 'About the Club' to find out about the 'usual time and place.' This page also contains other mildly useful info about this free club in Paris, which is the only one this magazine has for all of its readers who happen to be readers or in Paris.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 4.50 - 13. December 1999 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Markets and Big Wheels.' The 'Au Bistro' column's title was 'What's In a Name of the Century?.' This issue had two features, titled 'Feasts of the Century' and Don Smith in Seattle wrote 'José 'Good Food' Bové In the USA.' The Café Metropole Club got even deeper into its culinary routine of loopiness with 'Glasgow's 'Mars Bars' Problem' and the meeting's Update featured "I Have To Eat" Says Food Guide Writer Adrian Leeds. The 'Scene I' column was headlined 'The Ile-de-France.' 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 'Art - It's A Snap!'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 3.50 - 14. December 1998 - The week's Café Metropole column was Internet-crazed with, 'Here Comes 'E-Biz.' The 'Au Bistro' column was originally titled, 'Weather News and Winter Sports.' This issue had one shopping feature, titled 'One Louis Liked Marly-le-Roi' and readers wrote in about 'The Pros and Cons of 'Hyper.' There werephoto: parked shoes two 'Scene' columns, 'Scene Is Full Up' and the 'Pre-Christmas Program VI - Xmas '98. There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Say It Isn't True!'

Metropole's Countdown to 31. December 2000:

The 21st Century begins on Monday, 1. January 2001 and the same date coincides with the beginning of the 3rd Millennium and there are only 20 pages left on Metropole's 2000 calendar. Even if acknowledged, Metropole will accept no special mentions or other dubious awards for its year-long effort to get this countdown recognized for what it is - um, will be.

For Metropole's countdown, this leaves only about 20 rapidly passing days left to go in this century, in this Millennium. During the ultimate countdown, you probably don't realize or care that 346 days have sped away since New Year's 2000. The 2nd Millennium, which has lasted 20 days less than 1000 years, is now nearly over. Get ready to kiss it goodbye real soon.
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