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Café Life continues on the 'Au Bistro' page this week, with brief accounts of a couple of museum visits.

Is It 'True' What They Say About Paris?

In August it doesn't matter what 'people say about Paris.' If you are visiting here, what you've heard is probably wrong - but on the other hand, it is the somewhat strange month of August. So stay relaxed, and you'll get through it okay.

New Metropole Photos

The offer of new Metropole's large-size photos resumes in this issue, with this link to the photos on the photo / image page.

These photos are not masterpieces. The day of Wednesday, 15. August had wonderful weather and it was the last day of the Voie Express beside the Seine being closed to traffic. Parisians and visitors used the day wisely, and in great numbers

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

Last Thursday's meeting had its usual 'firsts' plus the return of some very long-time members to clublife. This was an improvement over the previous week, when the lone new member chanced to disappear after five minutes and has never been recovered.

To bring yourself up-to-date on the important subject of ever newer 'firsts,' you can still read thisphoto: expo photos sports, grille luxembourg meeting's short 'report' before the end of summer, if you have time.

The iron grill keeping the Luxembourg gardens from escaping is again the scene of a popular and free outdoor photo exhibition - this time of the last century's best sports scenes.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 23. August 2001. This day will be truly unusual because it will be the first club day this year on which Sainte-Rose Day will be celebrated in Paris in August 2001.

Metropole readers and potentially new club members can find out more about this by viewing 'About the Club,' which is handy for finding out about the reason for the club's existence, its meeting time and location and so on, and lesser facts such as it being free.

Metropole's Affiliates

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'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 'Things Happen.'

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This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 5.34 - 21. Aug 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Tourist Traps' that Aren't' and the 'Au Bistro' news column was titled, 'Uncle France Is Rich.' This issue had one feature, titled 'Paris - a Tourist Trap? 'Hell' On Montmartre.' The Café Metropole Club's weekly blurb was finally suppressed for good. This issue's update for the club meeting on 24. August became the 'Yawn of the Week' Report. The week's 'Scene' column was titled 'Summer Drifts Away.' There were only twophoto: sign; gare d'auvers, painted by vlaminck new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'No Time To Waste.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 4.34 - 23. Aug. 1999 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'The Waiting Game.' The 'Au Bistro' column was dropped for the week on account of dropping. This issue had two features, titled, 'Gobelins - A Tapestry Factory' and 'A Sunday 'Sense of Silence.' The 'Scene' column was titled, '2000 Too Many.' There were also the usual four 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the deafening caption of 'Sense of Silence.'

The 'Count-Up/Down' - Shorter Version 34

Two weeks ago the 'count-up' suggested the day Detroit was 'found' by the French, on Sunday, 24. Juillet 1701, and this could a suitable date to start counting.

But the club's new member last Thursday was from Detroit, and she showed no excitement about this historical fact, so it is possibly not important - and not worth a 'count-up.'

So then, in this 34th week of the year 2001, it looks like Metropole's incredibly popular and long-standing feature of 'count-ups' or count-downs' to various dates in the past, present or future, has just dropped dead. RIP.

The Euro's Boring Count-Down

The number of days remaining this year is 133, which is the number of days until the 'euro' currency introduction day on Tuesday, 1. January 2002 at 00:01. On this day, the euro will replacephoto: ticket, musee des annees 30 boulogne nearly all European currencies, to become the unique currency - good everywhere except on the offshore island of the UK.

For those curious about the new European-style money, you can take a look at the French government's 'Euro' Web site for whatever it has to say about the looming arrival of the euro.

I suggest you forget all about this until Tuesday, 1. January 2002 at 00:01. The only thing you need to know is that on this date the 'franc' disappears to be replaced forever by the 'euro.'
signature, regards, ric

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