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Walk in with your head up and immediately seek out the person who distributes seats at tables.

No gallery 'fête' in the Rue de Seine is complete without a pink Cadillac.

When you have your eyeballs fixed firmly on this person, say something like, "I've heard you have very good food here."

This is a good opening - food is the main thing. But let your 'literary' side show while you are anticipating the delicious meal you intend to have.

Metropole Offers Its Photos

The offer of Metropole's large-format photos continues with a new photo / image page, included in this issue. Due to improving weather in Paris, two new photos are presented.

Each week one or two 'best' photos - or a cartoon - will be offered. Many of Metropole's weekly crop of other photos will match the 'best' one for interest and quality. If you see another one you like, ask for it instead.

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 featured Euclid, Ohio as the 'City of the Week.' New member Diane Frances slept off her jet-lag and arrived at the meeting after it was technically over, which was a good thing for Euclid.

Even if you have better things to do, read the 'report' about the club's most recent meeting. It's details are actually about as amazing as usual, partly due to my failure to keep track of the modest numbers of members present.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 24. May 2001. This particular meeting will be amazingly unique because it will happen on Ascension Day. If you skip it, it means you can come again any other Thursday, even if they are ordinary Thursdays.

All readers and prospective club members are urged take a look at the current version of 'About the Club,' photo: bodega de la soifwhich is handy for finding out about the club's reason-for-being, its meeting time and location and so on, and other lesser facts such as its' being free.

A bar that makes no bones about its purpose - your thirst.

This page also contains other vital 'wild and crazy ideas' about this club in Paris - such as a location map - for you, 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 fall into all of these categories, but still cannot find the club, rip the map off your computer screen and glue it into your passport - right beside your membership card.

If you don't do this, and you don't read 'About the Club,' then you might have a terrible experience, such as the one described in Tim Stanton's email in this issue.

Metropole's Affiliates

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

'Bookings' has a reservation service for a wide selection of Paris hotels. Check out their offers 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. If you've signed up for these services before you need them suddenly you will benefit from them. 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 the effort of carrying them all the way from Paris. Be the first on your block to introduce the game of pétanque - or boules. Nearly everybody can play this game, nearly anywhere.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 5.21 - 22. May 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Unheated Starving Artist's Garret.' The 'Au Bistro' column's title was 'French Take To Cashless Mode.' This issue had one feature, titled 'The Big Doze In Montparnasse.' The Café Metropole Club flubbed its flub with 'Membership Category Shambles.' It was the dubious beginning of 'no rules.' The club's weekly update on 25. May featured, I think, the 'The Club's First Hat Day.' Hat Day? Thephoto: sign, rue d'argout 'Scene' column's title was 'Our Beautiful Balloons.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Low Chance Charters.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 4.21 - 24. May 1999 - The week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Techno Bubble Explodes.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled, 'State Museums Hit by Strikes.' See? Nothing changes much. This issue had two features, 'The Rue Cler Is Not Funky' and an eMail from Johanna Shirley, asking, 'Does Paris Stink?' The 'Scene' column was titled, 'Paris Issues 'User's Guide.' There were also the usual four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Is the Champs-Elysées Ready?' All these questions!

The 'Count-Up/Down' - Part 21.9

Metropole's current count-up person Charles A. Lindbergh continues this week because it is the 74th anniversary of his arrival in Paris today. He landed at Le Bourget airport at 22:22 on Saturday, 21. May 1927.

Bill Hilton is responsible for nominating this 'count-up' person and for reminding me about the anniversary. He also calculated that the true count-up total will be 27,028 days and some 12 hours or so - since Mr. Lindbergh first became a Paris visitor.

Meanwhile, a new 'count-down' movement in Paris is really gaining momentum - the server-lady asked for the URL below, which I had forgotten I put here last week. Everybody is in the act of getting ready for the 'euro's' introduction day, which will be on Tuesday, 1. January 2002.

The number of days remaining this year is 224. This means you still have about 253 days left to trade in your hoard of old FF's for a lesser bunch of brand-new 'euros.'

For those uncomfortable with nearly everything foreign, you are supposed to divide 'franc' amounts by 6.55957 exactly, and in your heads - no finger-counting! - to find out the, to become, new 'euro' equivalent.

Nobody has explained exactly why we should want to waste our time doing this. Almost everything already carries 'euro' prices on the stickers.
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