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Karen and Bill happen to know about this because Vermont is somewhere close to Canada, and all the potatoes come from there. My notes don't say this, but I think somebody said it - about the potatoes, I mean.

Ed says the Prime Minister is the leader of Canada's Liberal Party. Except for Bill and Karen, the rest of us are amazed to learn that there are political parties called 'Liberal.'

The light is very bad in the café today. Even though there are almost more cameras than members, I harass the members into going outside to the terrace for the group photo. Outside, the light is pretty terrible too.

When we come back in, Charles confides to me in a confidential whisper that can probably be heard at Châtelet, "Bonnie is more liberal than most French Communists!"

This is neither here nor there. Members' personal views are of no consequence to their club memberships for life, even if they voted for 'lower taxes' in Florida. Karen says, "I think we should go back to majority rule."

Mary has an important tip for any clubphoto: charlie copeland members who sprain any of their ankles near the Tour Eiffel. "There's no ice in Paris," she says, "So we got a cold can of cola and used it instead."

I point out that all cafés in France have ice to go with the pastis everyone drinks and Mary counter-points out that there are no cafés near the Tour Eiffel.

Charlie Copeland recommends trading 'places' for Paris visits - even his first.

She is right of course. You can buy cold cans of cola for putting on sprains right there. There's no need to crawl a couple of kilometres to the closest café. Mary is taking her first visit to Paris very well, with cool elan, I think.

So is Bonnie, who tells me she has been wandering around the city not talking to anybody except the 'little old man in the hotel.'

As pure, absolute, fluke, chance would have it only in Paris - Ed planned in advance to leave his hotel on Monday and is booked to move into the same hotel as Bonnie.

Since it is on my way, the three of us gophoto: bonnie blythe halfway across the Pont Neuf and through the Place Dauphine and along the Quai des Orfèvres, cross the Pont Saint-Michel and find the tiny entry through the arches, to the Rue de l'Hirondelle, where the hotel is located.

It is about 75 metres from the Place Saint-Michel in its own very small, very old street, which is also about 75 metres from one of the Latin Quarter's major shortcuts, the Rue Saint-André-des-Arts. You can't get any more inside old Paris than this.

To get to the club, Bonnie Blythe says, "I just surfed on in."

Bonnie is very pleased with it. The only thing her visit lacks so far is a French entry stamp in her passport.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

'Unofficial' club 'suspended-rules' concerning your Café Metropole Paris Club - as opposed a 'cola' 'report' like this one - can be found on the 'About the Café Metropole Club page,' which is about your club, and has a link on each issue's 'home' page, in case you overlook this one here.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

The next Café Metropole Club meeting will be held on Thursday, 10. May, which is a week from today, like all other Thursdays have been up until now since the present calendar was introduced.

If you are in Paris or not it will be the day of Sainte-Solange. Luckily, the following Friday will be just anotherphoto: cameras of the week ordinary Sainte-Estelle's day which was on Thursday last year - just like since possibly before present calendar was adopted.

Reminder for members - if you bring cameras, use them!

The café La Corona meeting place will be open as it is all the time well as every Thursday. Your club's meeting time will be from 15:00 to 17:00 in Europe's Central European Time Zone - 'CET' for short and not 'BATO' - and elsewhere known as 3 pm to 5 pm otherwise.

The club's secretary, otherwise known as 'Ed,' - but not Ed Hawco - will be making some 'report' notes during the coming meeting, but there's no need to pay this any attention because 'Ed' manages to spell most members' names right, if they've written them clearly enough.

Prepare your new 'Quote of the Week' or propose your own new 'City of the Week' - or even invent any other 'Things of the Week,' if you want to share them, it, with other members - and readers of this online magazine with the Paris club for members.

The café's location is:

Café-Tabac La Corona
2. Rue de l'Amiral de Coligny - or - 30. Quai du Louvre
Paris 1. Métro: Pont-Neuf or Châtelet.

A bientôt à Paris,
signature, regards, ric

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