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I guess that because there are so few of us today that the members have a lot of questions. Just because I actually hear these doesn't mean my 'answer' rate is high. I don't know if the Tuileries gardens' closing time is 21:00 for example - thus making the park a lousy shortcut to get to the big wheel at Concorde.

I also don't know how to predict strikes or forecast the weather. I do learn though, from Bob, that one can get Hédiard to roast coffee beans for you while you wait, if you feel like waiting about 30 minutes.

Edna, who uses the TV in her apartment-hotel in order to listen to French, says she sometimes forgets to turn the sound volume down when she turns it off. This means it can be a bit loud when she turns it on in the morning to catch the news and weather.

A neighbor of hers phoned up to complain about the racket, and when Edna tried to explain in Frenchphoto: club drink, champignelles about how she forgot about the volume, the caller told her, "When you are in France you should speak French."

This should be the 'Quote of the Week' even if it is second-hand. Millions of people all over the world make the effort to learn a few handy and everyday phrases in French for their Paris visits. But it is also true that there are a few people in France who never bother learning to listen to it.

This is the 'Drink of the Week' too - only more of it and in a different glass.

The real 'Quote of the Week' is quite a long one, and Neil makes it. "Either you are having a good time, but you don't know it, or you expect to have a good time but don't. In Paris you always know you are having a good time," he says.

Of all of today's truths this is probably the truest. I suppose you would expect me to say this, so I will.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

Even if all the expired 'rules' and other so-called 'information' is complete nonsense, you can count on the 'About the Café Metropole Club' page to tell you where to find the club in Paris at least - and the day and time of the meetings.

If you think you know none of this already, it might a good idea to look at this page. Of course, if you are not coming to a club meeting, looking at this page is not totally useless because it contains a virtual replica of the club's membership card.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

The next Café Metropole Club meeting will be held on Thursday, 21. June, which is the day - and night! - of the annual Fête de la Musique in France. This is known as Saint-Rudolphe's Day, but also known as 'Eté' or summer. It will not interfere with the club's regular meeting even if you've never experienced either of them in Paris before.

The day after will be just another ordinary Saint-Alban's Day, or Sacré-Coeur Day, depending on which year's calendar I'm looking at. Odd, because both calendars were 'made in France.'

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

This terrace photo shows the working principle of the 'ringside seats.'

The club's secretary, also known as 'Ed,' will be making some 'report' notes during the coming meeting but there's no need to pay this much attention because 'Ed' writes many fewer notes than members say words, and none at all if both of the club's two official pens are out of ink.

Have your new 'Quote of the Week' ready or propose your own new 'City of the Week' or even create any other 'Things of the Week,' especially if you want to become partly famous for two years on account of maybe having these things mentioned in a meeting's club 'report' like this one.

Share your choice words with other members - and all readers of this online magazine with the free Paris club for readers who insist on being members - even if it is nearly free except for La Corona's 'l'addition' - and if they are in Paris.

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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