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If this page does not appear, it probably means there is no suitable 'best photo of the week.'

The Louvre's double or triple-file line on Sunday.

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 marked a return to calm with exactly one new member, which was a relaxing change. Maybe the jumbos-loads of visitors are no longer arriving in Paris, due to a hiccup in fuel prices.

Two other existing members put in appearances too. You should read the 'report' to find out how this cozy meeting was handled by the club's secretary - since in theory he has so much spare time on his hands.

Keep up with your club's doings by checking the 'report' of the last meeting. It's details may seem no more detailed than usual and this was entirely the secretary's doing, with the help of members.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 5. April 2001. As is now routine, this particular meeting will only happen once. If you miss it, it means you can try again a week later.

All readers and prospective club members may also wish to take a look at the prehistoric 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 this magazine 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, come anyway with your 'City of the Week.'

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 aphoto: fiat 500 reservation service for a selection of Paris hotels. Check out their offer and make your choice long before your arrival in France.

A 'good' week has a Fiat 500 in it. Here's last week's.

'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 5.14 - 3. April 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Really 'Real' Signs of Spring.' The 'Au Bistro' column's title was 'Mitterrand's Revenge!' This issue had one feature, titled ''Arts et Métiers' Re-Opens After 10 Years.' The Café Metropole Club began its endless self-congratulation with 'Your Thriving Club In Paris.' The club's weekly update on 6. April screamed, 'New Member Fromphoto: wall design, mr chocolat Brooklyn!' The 'Scene' column's title was 'Don't Let the Future Stop You.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Steam Is Better Than Wind.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 4.14 - 5. April 1999 - The week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Surprise Easter In Paris.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled, 'Lost' News Isn't Here.' This issue' had two features, 'Not Finding Paris' Oldest Tree' and 'Model Salon: On Land, On Sea, In the Air: In Scale.' The 'Scene' column was titled, 'When in Rome, Do Paris.' There were also the usual four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'No 10,000 Lira Notes Please' No Euros yet either.

The 'Count-Up' - Part 14.5

Metropole reader George Broadhead claims his own long-past and distant relative, Joel Barlow, visited France for the first time on Tuesday, 24. June 1788.

George writes, "He was the poet who wrote 'Hasty Pudding,' and who also had a degree in law. He was named European agent for a land company which sold wilderness lands in America to Frenchmen.

"By 1789, the first shipload of settlers was preparing to leave France and members of wealthy French families, noblemen and members of the National Assembly were also buying land from him. The land deals turned sour in time, but Barlow was established enough in Paris to be named an honorary citizen of France in the winter of 1791-92. He declined an invitation to assist the US government's investigations into the real estate hanky-panky.

"In 1793 he published a new and corrected edition of his long poem, 'The Vision of Columbus' in Paris. In 1797, he adopted Robert Fulton as a 'protege' and member of his household.

"Barlow would leave and return to France on many occasions, and ultimately die in Poland during Napoléon's retreat from Moscow. At that time, he wrote of seeing platoons of French soldier's frozen in place."

With this exciting news, Metropole's postmillennial 'count-up' bounces back to vivid life. This widely popular feature, beloved by me and the server-lady - and now George Broadhead too - will overshadow the sad fate of our new count-up champion.

The new count-up date is now Tuesday, 24. June 1788, which is about 12 years and one month less long ago than the old date. With a short stub of a pencil I calculate that the 'count-up' now totals 77,752 glorious days - since Joel Barlow arrived in Paris and began shipping wine and turbans back to Dolly Madison.

According to George he may have been doing a little free-lance spying too. I'll skip the part about him having a continental breakfast with croissants near the Ecole Militaire in Paris.
signature, regards, ric

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