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Now, the first item for 'Is It True?' is my own slipshod research resulting in the reported start-date for this year's 'Soldes d'Eté in Paris. As quite often happens, I have omelette on my face. If it wasn't weeks old and moldy I'd eat it.

Summer Sales In Paris

Last week I wrote here, "An informal poll done three weeks ago had two out of three local shops predicting that this year's 'Soldes d'Eté' will begin on Tuesday, 26. June and they will continue for six weeks."

But last week the eagle-eyed server-lady Linda Thalman said, "Saturday, 30. June is the date." However, as 'eagle-eyed' as she is, she also told me the source was another Web site.

Even so, it might have been true. But, three days later - ever eagle-eyed! - the server-lady wrote again, to say, "TV news says tomorrow, 26 June for Paris. Jeez, nobody seems to know. I guess you have to camp out in front of your favorite shop and wait for the event to happen!"

'Is It True?'

Metropole's Photos for You

The recent beautiful weather current in Paris has encouraged me to resume making my 'tours' and this has increased the chances of accidently capturing the sort of photos I think may be suitable for this, for you.

The offer of Metropole's large-size photos restarts this week with this link to this week's photo / image page.

In theory, each week one or two 'best' photos - or a cartoon - will be shown on this page. The large versions of these images are for sale. If you see another one you like in the issue, ask for it instead.

More details are on the most recent 'Photo' page to appear in Metropole. Check it out. Any suggestions, advice and comments, will be welcome.

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

Your club's latest meeting on Thursday had few if any odd incidents but did have a 'Quote of the Week' that was too long to remember, other than it seemed to be a recipe. The new thing turned out to be the 'Feet of the Week.' When I think of it, it is amazing this is the first time for feet.

Even if you have anything else to do, you can still read the 'report' about the club's meeting anyway and still get in a short round of mini-golf before dark.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 28. June 2001. This day willphoto: carless rue st antoine be important because it will be the first official day in 2001 on which the double Saints-Pierre-and-Paul Day will be celebrated.

On the sides of the parade route, streets were closed to everything except pedestrians.

Metropole readers and all to-be 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 lesser facts such as being free - except for your own drinks' tab - which actually only applies if you attend a club meeting in person.

This page also contains expired rules about this club in Paris - and includes its still valid location map - for you, who are either 'Metropole Paris' readers, Café Metropole Club members - or are in Paris for any reason or no particular reason at all.

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

Metropole's Affiliates

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'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 5.26 - 26. June 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'What's Normal Anyway?' The 'Au Bistro' column took a week off. This issue had one feature, titled 'A Little Night Music - With Amplification.' The Café Metropole Club's weekly update on 29. June featured nothing because 'Ed' was on holidays, but a club feature was called 'Phone Call of the Week.' The 'Scene' column's title was 'Paris Wakes Up While Parisians Take Off.' There were four new 'Postersphoto: sign, marquise de sevigne born here 1626 as marie de rabutin chantal of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'Triple Rouge.' I've forgotten whether this was about roulette or soccer.

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 4.26 - 28. June1999 - The week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'How-To Do Bastille Day.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled, 'Music Day in France - Still No Strikes.' This issue had one feature, 'Another Wild-Goose Chase.' The 'Scene' column was titled, 'Under the Sky, Under the Stars.' This was about outside movies at La Villette. There were also the usual four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Enough for Tweetie.' Because Tweetie isn't hard to satisfy.

The 'Count-Up/Down' - Version 26.e

Readers may have forgotten what this is about. On account of having no mega-length writers such as Proust or Joyce in this issue, this count 'up/down' sub-feature remains suspended for another week anyway, by popular request.

Since nobody reads this anyway, I may as well include the RATP's exciting news that a métro ticket's price will rise from eight francs to 8.50 next Sunday on 1. July. The price of a 'carnet' will jump from 58 to 61 francs, which is also 9.30 euros, in case anybody cares.

A monthly Carte Orange ticket willphoto: sign, la roman de la rose become 291 francs for zones 1 and 2, and the weekly ticket will rise by 1.2 to 3.8 percent, which doesn't quite tell us the new street price, but might amuse 'percent' fans.

As a reminder though - the 'euro' currency introduction day will be on Tuesday, 1. January 2002 at 00:01 and not two minutes before - so you can forget about buying a Carte Orange with euros for another six months.

The number of days remaining this year is 189. This means you still have about 218 days left before you should trade in your steamer trunks full of crumbling old FF's for a lesser-sized handbag's worth of brand-new colorful 'euros.'

For those uncomfortable with nearly everything in kilos, continental-style European or plain newfangled, you should look at the French government's 'Euro' Web site for crystal clear and succinct information.

Almost everything for sale here already carries 'euro' and franc amounts on the price stickers. You may ignore the 'euro' amount and simply pay in francs until the end of this year. After then, the prices go up while numbers come down, except the RATP says it will round its fares 'down' instead of up.
signature, regards, ric

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