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Our club members were horrified and shocked, and much too embarrassed to do anything but watch this scene unfolding - which ended with the cook coming out of his kitchen and asking for an autograph which Mrs Bush graciously gave him.

Then the 'First Lady' group left the restaurant, and with ten suits in front, ten behind, plus a couple of Paris police cars as escorts, walked down the nighttime back-street to somewhere else in Paris.

Metropole Offers Its Photos

A few readers have responded to the initial offer of exclusive large-sized Metropole photos. To make this a bit more formal, a new photo / image page has been added to this issue.

In theory, one 'best' photo - or cartoon - will be offered each week. In practice, many of Metropole's weekly crop of photos will match the 'best' one for interest and quality. If these are not specifically 'offered,' it does not mean that they are not available.

As this project starts out it is doing so without impersonal 'Internet- robots' to handle the transaction. This means that the process depends on personal emails. This also makes sense because I've taken the photos with you in mind.

More details are on this week's 'Photo' page. Check it out. Any suggestions, advice and comments will be welcome.

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

Last Thursday's club meeting was flooded with 13 new members, which was a bit more than usual. I don't know why jumbo-loads of visitors are arriving in Paris at this time and I have no idea why many of them are coming to the club nearly straight from the airport.

One new member asked me to research the correct way to get the most direct RER line from the airport to the club and I'll get on this as soon as possible.

Two other existing members put in appearances too. You should read the 'report' to find out how this full-house meeting was noted by the club's secretary - if what the secretary does can be called 'notes.'

Keep up with this so-called note-taking by checking the 'report' of the last meeting. It's details may seem less detailed than usual and this was entirely the secretary's doing, with the members' help.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 29. March 2001. As is now normal, this particular meetings will only happen once. If you miss it, it means you are out of luck.

All readers and prospective club members may also wish to take a look at the antique but current version of 'About the Club,' which is useful for learning out about the club's reason-for-being, its meeting time and location.

This page also contains lesser but vital 'facts' about this free club in Paris, which is the only one 'Metropole Paris' has for all of its readers who are either Metropole Paris readers or Café Metropole Club members, or are in Paris for any reason or no reason in particular at all. If you do not fall into any these categories, pluck up your gall and come anyway.

Metropole's Affiliates

The following product or service providers have chosen Metropole because their offers may be of value to readers and I agree with them.

'Bookings' has a reservation service for a selection of Paris hotels. Check out their offer and make your choice long before your arrival in France.

'HighwayToHealth' provides a 'city health profile' as well as travel insurance for potential Paris visitors. These services will be a real benefit if you've signed up for them before you need them suddenly. I hope won't be the case but you can never tell.

'Petanque America' imports quality Obut boules from France and will ship them to you anywhere in the Americas - which will save you from carrying them all the way from Paris. Be the first in your neighborhood to introduce the game of pétanque - or boules. No particular expertise is necessary.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 5.13 - 27. March 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Winter Takes a Spring Break.' The 'Au Bistro' column's title was 'Multi-Demos In the City.' This issue had only one feature, titled 'A Kind Of 'Grand Tour.' The Café Metropole Club continued its usual nonsense with something boring called, 'No News' Is Not 'Good' News.' The< club's weekly update on 30. March featured 'New Members! New Members!' - which is not now, unusual. The 'Scene' column's title was 'Nuts and Bolts at Arts et Métiers.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'The Grand Tour Taxi.' If you missed last week's 'One Year Ago,' here is the URL for Issue 5.12 - 20. March 2000.

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 4.13 - 29. March1999 - The week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Terminal Drowsiness and Leadfingers.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled, 'The Total Flopphoto: sign, jeanne d'arc, 1429 of the Euro.' This issue' had one feature too, titled 'Book Salon - SAGA: 13th Engraving and Print Show.' In an email Linda Thalman wrote about 'Les 'Intellos' On Parade.' The 'Scene' column was titled, 'The Incredible 'Clovis' Boo-Boo.' There were also the usual four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'How You Spell Dunno?' If you missed last week's 'Two Years Ago,' here is the URL for Issue 4.12 - 22. March1999 - which really is another free service for readers who can never get enough of Metropole.

The 'Count-Up' - Part 13

Just before I went away to look for spring's arrival, one of Metropole's readers offered a new reference person for this 'count-up.' This is another American-type person, but one with the advantage of being related to the avid reader - which would kind of move the idea from the abstract to the particular - even though the server-lady Linda Thalman is still pushing for a European. To be precise, she's wants some unknown Roman from 52 BC.

While I wrap up some details concerning our new reference 'count-up' person, I also wish to extend an invitation to any relatives of Romans who may have visited Paris anytime in BC or long ago in AD. While I'm at it, this invitation is extended to all barbarians as well. You are forgiven for your ancestors' pillaging and sacking.

Metropole's postmillennial 'count-up' may be staggering a bit but it is carrying on. This widely popular feature, beloved by me and the server-lady - and now somebody else too - will overcome the current general indifference and go on to glory, I'm sure.

In the meantime, for us three diehard and truly unconditional 'count-up' fans, the current Day One of the now under-reconstruction 'Count-Up' is still Tuesday, 9. July 1776. As of today, it has been 82,165 days since the first American tourist had a continental breakfast without croissants near the Ecole Militaire in Paris.
signature, regards, ric

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