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While I'm on the subject, I want to thank all readers and club members who have used the services or purchased the products from Metropole's affiliates.

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 rogue speed bump while crossing one of Paris' sometimes bumpy streets, 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 for travellers. HighwayToHealth also offers travel insurance which - heaven forbid! - could turn out to be very handy in an emergency.

French Pétanque In America

The enjoyable but simple game of pétanque - orphoto: window santa 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 in Paris on local dirt.

Regulation French boules are made out of metal and are unbreakable in theory. These are available in France, but they are a bit heavy for casually hauling around in your luggage with 40 metric 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 truck your boules home for you.

Online Paris Hotel Reservations

Don't wait until you get to Paris to book your hotel, only to learn that 24,334 rowdy Canadian farmers got here first for a 'toot' convention. Reserve your accommodations now through 'Bookings' Paris hotel reservation service.

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

Café Metropole Club's News and 'Quotes'

Last Thursday's club meeting was no more bizarroid than other meetings which have featured an absent secretary because his leg is still in a cast.

Backup was provided by Adrian 'I Love to Eat a Lot' Leeds who has furnished the basis for this week's 'Club Report.' The great photos were done by brand-new member, Alan Pavlik.

For medical reasons, the 'report' of the meeting appears in this issue for the first time. Although written by the club's secretary from Adrian's notes, it may still seem to be somewhat fictional. However 'local color,' of the purely fictional variety, has been omitted.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 21. December and your club's secretary expects to be present - with his cast - 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 or both.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 4.51 - 20. December 1999 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Christmas Gaga In Paris.' The 'Au Bistro' column's title was 'Champs-Elysées Changes Suits.' This issue had one feature, titled 'One Man's Gas Cap Is Another's' by Jerry Stopher. There was a photo thing of some sort called 'A Happy Santa, Speaks, Sings In English; Rolls Eyes In French.' The Café Metropole Club got much deeper into its culinary surprises with 'Food Events' Increase At Club' and the meeting's Update featured 'Record New 'Charter' Member Day.' The 'Scene I' column was headlined 'Overwhelmed by Events?' The week's Scene II column's headline was 'Come One, Come All, Christmas '99' and it was completed by a 'Scene III' column called '2000 In Paris and France.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Season's Greetings!'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 3.51 - 21. December 1998 - The week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'When In France.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled - with feeling, 'A Rosy-Smelling Métro.' This issue had one manners feature titled, 'How Not to Dress Like a Bozo.' There were two 'Scene' columns, 'Goya in Lille' and the 'Pre-Christmas Program VII - Xmas '98. There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Capital Gains Delicacies.'

Metropole's Countdown to 31. December 2000:

Parisians have begun to notice that the 21st Century begins on Monday, 1. January 2001, which is also the date coinciding with the beginning of the 3rd Millennium. Signs for the millenniumphoto: sign, sortie change have quietly popped up here and there - without any help from last year's '2000 In Paris' organizers.

For Paris' and Metropole's countdown, this leaves only about 13 swiftly passing and ever-shorter days left to go in this century, in this Millennium. During this unique and ultimate countdown, you probably don't realize or care that 353 - mostly rainy - days have sped away since New Year's 2000. The 2nd Millennium, which has lasted a measely 13 days less than 1000 years, is now nearly history. Get ready to give it a big goodbye kiss real soon.
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