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Summer Sales In Paris

An informal poll of shops on the avenue has had two out of three of them predicting that this year's 'Soldes d'Ete' will begin on Tuesday, 26. June and they will continue for six weeks. The dissenter guessed the start date would be Thrursday, 28. June. If it turns out you are early and to be the latter date, get in shape for shopping by running up and down Montmartre for two days.

Metropole's Photos for You

The offer of Metropole's large-format photos stumbles this week with this link to last week's photo / image page. For good photos I wasn't ever in the right place at the right time last week.

Each week one or two 'best' photos - or a cartoon - will be presented on their own page. On this page you will find that large versions of these photos are for sale. If you see another one you like in the issue, 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'

The club's latest meeting on Thursday had some odd incidents such as one new members' email address being identical to another's license-plate number, and one of the club's official cheapo pens ran out of ink at the same time as the other one disappeared. Such high drama!

Although you probably have something better to do, you can read the 'report' about the club's meeting anyway. The details of it are just as unlikely as they used to be. For example, 'Scoop' Maginniss wants some meetings to be held at a racetrack - especially if there are racehorses at it.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 14. June 2001. This coming meeting will be fairly usual because it will happen on Sainte-Elisée's Day, which will be on a Thursday this year for a change.

All Metropole readers and future club members are urged take a look at the current version of 'About the Club,' which is handy for finding out about the club's raison d'être, its meeting time and location and so on, and other lesserphoto: jazz resto la beliere facts such as being free, except for your own drinks tab.

This page also contains other former rules about this club in Paris - including its location map - for you, who are either 'Metropole Paris' readers, Café Metropole Club members, or meeting reports' readers - or are in Paris for any reason or no particular reason at all.

'Save the Bélière!' - but the moving van is for somebody else's move.

If you do fall into a couple of these categories, but are doubtful about Paris geography, rip the map off your computer screen and glue it into your passport - right beside your glued-in membership card.

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 5.24 - 12. June 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Exclusive Art Discovery.' The 'Au Bistro' column's title was 'Mega Johnny Lights Mega Fire.' This issue had one feature, titled 'Peep! "Hey! Move it! Hey!" Peep!' The club's weekly update on 15. June featured, I think, 'What Happened?' And the club's regular column's title was 'A Cavalcade of 'Firsts.' The 'Scene' column'sphoto: sign, allee arthur rimbaud title was 'Varoom-varooooom Weekend.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Johnny Sells Out.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 4.24 - 14. June1999 - The week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'My Euro Vote.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled, 'Good News Week: No Strikes.' This issue had one feature, 'The Palms of Paris.' There was also a 'Club' thing titled 'The Flat Hunt.' The 'Scene' column was titled, 'Flying High With 'Lylo.' This is always true. There were also the usual four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'One Palm Tea, Please.' Tea, tea! Not tree.

The 'Count-Up/Down' - Version 24

Readers have possibly forgotten what this is about. I can't say I blame you, because having a 'count-up' of days since so-and-so first arrived in Paris is hardly breath-taking. If doesn't matter if it was Julius Caesar or Gertrude Stein.

The 'count-down' began in 1998 or 1999 with the dubious 'subtract-days' display on the Tour Eiffel - a 'count-down' to the year 2000, which was merely to the beginning of the last year of the last century of the last millennium.

Since then time has moved on and we've managed to get ourselves into the 21st century and the third millennium for real.

With this and all the optimismphoto: poster, arsenal, jean prouve et paris that it implies, we now only have the 'count-down' to the introduction of the new European currency - which is exciting in some parts of Europe but is probably a bit ho-hum elsewhere.

In France, 'euro'-propaganda has swung into heavy rotation and I bet we will all be thoroughly sick of it by the time the second half of the year starts, 19 days from now. Looking slightly further ahead the 'euro' currency introduction day will be on Tuesday, 1. January 2002 at 00:01 and not two minutes before.

At the Pavillon de l'Arsenal now - the expo 'Jean Prouvé et Paris.'

The number of days remaining this year is 203. This means you still have about 232 days left to trade in your hoard of ratty old FF's for a lesser bunch of brand-new shiny 'euros.'

For those uncomfortable with nearly everything metric, European or new, you should look at the French government's 'Euro' Web site for totally clear and exact information.

Almost everything here already carries 'euro' and franc amounts on the price stickers. If you ignore the 'euro' amount and simply pay in francs until the end of this year, you will have nothing to worry about.
signature, regards, ric

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