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The financier Albert Kahn foresaw that certain aspects of the world were going to disappear foreverphoto: cafe bistro, felicie, open in august - in 1906! - and the 'Archives de la Planète' came into being in 1909. Albert Kahn financed expeditions to record the world as it was, but this ended with the financial collapse of 1929.

Open in August! Dimitri's summer bistro discovery of the year - in the Avenue du Maine.

The Department of the Seine took over the 'Archives de la Planète,' the museum and the museum's garden in 1936, but the universal questions raised by its founder are still with us.

Beyond the temporary exhibits there is the large garden which is rich with diversity, both oriental and western - and with its winter garden containing a tea room it is a year-round attraction. It is worth the trip.

The Musée Albert-Kahn, 14. Rue du Port, Boulogne-Billancourt. Except Mondays, open daily from 11:00 to 18:00 or 19:00 - with an annual closure in winter. Métro: Boulogne-Pont de Saint-Cloud. InfoTel.: 01 46 04 52 80.

Musée des Années 30

After leaving the Musée Albert-Kahn it is not an exceptionally long walk to the Hôtel de Ville of Boulogne and the Espace Landowski is right beside it. This new building houses the roomy Musée des Années 30.

Many of its items on display were influenced by the 'années 20,' so you kind of get two museums in one, and they both contain a wide selection of art and objects from this double-decade.

Quite a lot of 'modern' architecture is also present in Boulogne, and the museum has a brochure containing a map marking all 27 interesting sites - with more than half of them concentrated in Boulogne's northeast corner.

But if you skip this all-day undertaking, then the métro line 9 station Marcel-Sembat can be either a starting or a finishing point. Boulogne-Billancourt is not completely 'out' of Paris, in other words.

Musée des Années 30, Espace Landowski, 28. Avenue André Morizet, Boulogne. Except Mondays, open daily from 11:00 to 18:00. InfoTel.: 01 55 18 46 42.

'Un Art Populaire'

This is the name of the current exhibition at the Fondation Cartier in the Boulevard Raspail. This is the sort of show I can go to without pain because it is only ten minutes' walk away, and it opens at noon, which is when I happened to arrive and be awake.

I think 'art populaire' means art that has been assembled from pieces of junk, or anything lying around, and put together with a great deal of thought and care - or, at least, everything in this exhibition seemed this way.

This amounted to 130 mostlyphoto: maison in auvers interesting pieces made by 37 artists, on five different continents. One characteristic in common - most of the pieces involved a great deal of hand-work - which meant there was a lot of detail to take in.

A house in Auvers-sur-Oise - perhaps never painted by Van Gogh.

For example, how long is one supposed to look at about 30 small cuckoo clocks, none of which appear to be entirely normal and none of which are ticking at the same time? You could spend days with this assembly by Robert Stadler.

The Fondation Cartier is at 261. Boulevard Raspail, Paris 14. Métro: Raspail of Denfert-Rochereau. Except Mondays, open from 12:00 to 20:00. 'Un Art Populaire' exhibition continues until 4. November.

Internet Life

'Personal Computer' Anniversary

This term was coined by IBM when it introduced its 'PC' to the world on 12. August 1981. Commodores, Ataris and Apple IIs that had existed before this date were simply called computers by the few people who personally owned them.

Although I am not absolutely sure about this, I think the then unknown firm of Microsoft supplied the first 'PCs' with an operating system and it was known for a long time as 'DOS.'

It still is, so everybody who has wrestled with it and its successors - and their viruses - can thank IBM for making Mr. William Gates the richest man on the planet, and thank Apple for helping Mr. Gates develop the 'Windows' look, if not its feel.

Your Paris Web URLs

If you have any favorite Paris Web sites you think other readers should know about, please send them in. If they haven't been featured before and they don't crash my browser, you'll get a modest 'thankYou' here.

I have not overlooked the URLs I've received as recently as several weeks ago, and I have even checked some of them out. The 'thankYous' are being readied. Very slowly.

The End of August

As mentioned elsewhere in the issue, the weather has turned out some surprisingly good days in spite of pessimistic forecasts. Let's hope this keeps up.

As an encouragement for trying harder, give the Météo-France Web site a hit, for its short-range forecasts.

Météo-France has also begun its 'Vigilance-Météo' service. This consists of putting out special warning about coming hurricane-speed winds, torrential downpours, heavy storms, tornados, blizzards and/or avalanches within the next few hours - especially in the wine growing regions.

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