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Even if you are nearly snoozing on your veranda, you can still read this exciting 'report' about the club's meeting anyway, while the ice in your tea slowly melts.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 19. July 2001. This day will be significant because it will be the first club day in 2001 on which Saint-Arsène's Dayphoto: building, rue ourcq will be celebrated, but I think I may have mentioned this already.

Metropole readers and would-be club members are urged take a peek at the current version of 'About the Club,' which is mighty handy for finding out about the club's raison d'être, its meeting time and location and so on, and other important facts such as being free - except for your own drinks' tab - which actually only applies if you attend a club meeting in person.

Another example of east Paris' urban delights.

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.

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This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 5.29 - 17. July 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Travel Tales' and the 'Au Bistro' news column was back with, 'Incredible Weather Bombs Picnic.' This issue had one feature about 'Ed's' holiday, titled 'More Trees Than People - Oh! Canada.' The Café Metropole Club's weekly update wasn't, but Linda Thalman reported a "Full House!" for it. This issue's update for the club meeting on 20. July was simply, 'Métro, Clubo, Dodo' - which I assume meant another solo meeting. The week's 'Scene' column was missing altogether. Therephoto: sign, rue de crimee, 1884, 1885 were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'No Smoking, Remember?'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago - Again:

Issue 4.28/29 - 12/19. July 1999 - This was a two-week issue, meant to last two weeks, so the week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Goodbye and Hello To All This' for the second week in a row. The 'Au Bistro' column was titled, 'I'd Walk a Mile for a Baguette.' This issue had no features, due to moving the office into Paris. The 'Scene' column was titled, 'The Last 'Armada du Siècle.' There were also the usual four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Bastille Day Every Day.'

The 'Count-Up/Down' - Version 29

If you can't remember what this was about, then I hardly can either. To make a long and boring story short, please note that the 'Soldes d'Eté' in Paris do not last forever, and are subject to some kind of count-down - to when they will be over in early August.

At the moment the only other thing going on here is the 'count-down' to the introduction of the 'euro' - the new European-wide mono-currency - that is putting most Europeans to sleep even when they don't think about it.

The 'euro' currency introduction day will be on Tuesday, 1. January 2002 at 00:01 and not even one nanosecond before - so you can forget about buyingphoto: sign,square louis xvi a Carte Orange transit ticket with euros for another 5.29 months, even through the RATP has said its two-zone one will cost 44,35 euros.

[More yawns.] The number of days remaining this year is 148. This means you still have about 197 days left before you should trade in your 'only-in-Europe' change purse full of dull and old FF's for a lesser-sized handful of official brand-new 'euros.'

For those wishing to know more about future European-style cash, you can take a look at the French government's 'Euro' Web site for clear and succinct information about everything except where to get regular French-franc coins right now.

Nearly everything for sale here already shows double 'euro' and franc prices on the stickers. Only after the end of this year will the franc prices comes off, leaving you nothing to worry about.
signature, regards, ric

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