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Ann has been in Paris maybe 24 hours, and she has already made a swift inventory of the church's surroundings.

"Have you seen the Quasimodo guys?" she asks. "What happened to the fountain with the three stags heads?" Have I seen the relief in the Rue Galande on or near the cinema?

This, she says, shows the legend of Saint-Julien, with him and his wife being rowed across the river by a leper wearing a thing with a hood, wearing a bell, and with maybe an optional halo.

I must confess I may have not ever seen this remarkable sight and ask her what she thinks ofphoto: group photo of the week the shop window with the two or three-year-old Christmas tree and decorations there. But it is impossible to sidetrack Ann with true but irrelevant counter-questions.

Ann watches 'Ed' making a technically impossible 'Group Photo of the Week' using mirrors.

"Was there ever a 'Wallace' fountain in the Square Viviani?" she wants to know. We do agree there might have been one there, but it may have been removed so that replicas could be made from it.

Around 18:00 Ann notices that it is nighttime outside. This makes me notice that this meeting is an hour into overtime. Luckily no other new members have managed to find the temporary meeting place in Le Café Lodi, so we pack up and leave without fuss.

Outside on the Quai du Louvre, the street is packed with traffic like it usually is, and it seems very chilly or extra damp. The Samaritaine department store is lit up from bottom to top with violet-red neon. It must mean that Halloween is over. That was fast.

La Corona's Renovation

On the way to the club today I happened to meet Madame Naudan from the café La Corona. Its remodeling work has started on time.

She told me that the plan tophoto: lodi games, patron cheri put in a new, wider stairway to its cellar has been scrapped for 'administrative' reasons. This means that the club's regular café will re-open for regular club meetings sooner than forecasted.

In addition to framed Imperial Russian bonds for decor, Le Café Lodi has a 'games' area.

Without firm dates, I now figure that to-become members and signed-in club members can count on La Corona being open for meetings - possibly as soon as Thursday, 6. December. Watch this space for the definitive date. Until I know exactly, I will leave the original re-open date below.*

Temporary Location, Vital Dates

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club, on Thursday, 15. November, will be held nearby in Le Café Lodi.

This means that club meetings will also be at the Cafe Lodi, on Thursdays, 15, 22, and 29. November and on 6. and 13. December.

While La Corona's important renovations are in progress, attend club meetings at Le Café Lodi, which is located at 24. Quai du Louvre. It is about 44 or 60 metres away from La Corona, towards the Pont Neuf, next to the pet shop. See the map on this page.

After La Corona's renovation, the first meeting to be held in the regular and by now hallowed club café will be on *Thursday, 20. December.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

You can learn lots of other stuff about this club if you really feel you must - by reading 'About the Café Metropole Club' - which also explains exactly where to find the club in Paris - usually - and the day and time of the meetings.

You will also be able to find out that you can become a member of this online magazine's free club in Paris, by simply coming to a meeting, while ignoring all of its expired 'rules,' which have been abolished. They are abolished because 'no rules' is the club 'rule' now.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

The next Café Metropole Club meeting will be held on Thursday, 15. November, which is really on a Thursday again as usual. It is also the annual day known as Saint-Albert, which is not any kind of a holiday in France, except for all people named Albert.

The following day will be an ordinary Friday, called Sainte-Marguerite's Day. If you like Fridays, make the most of it - there will only be 7 more of them this year.

The Café Lodi meeting place willphoto: club location map be open as it is nearly every week with Thursdays, with few exceptions. Your club's meeting time will begin at 15:00 and amble along to 17:00 in Europe's Central European Time Zone - which is 'CET' for short and not 'PLTU' - and elsewhere known as 3 pm to 5 pm in zones without numerical 24-hour time.

The temporary club location's temporary map.

The club's secretary, known as 'Ed' sometimes, will be making some 'report' notes during the coming meeting. This is merely a regular club ritual - not a 'rule!' Everybody except non-members remembers that all club 'rules' have been abolished.

Bring a new 'Quote of the Week' or come with your own 'City of the Week' or even drag along any other 'Things of the Week.' New 'rules' will be disqualified on the spot. Any other darn things are eligible.

Your comments, thoughtful or even historic, will be eagerly received by the other members present, if they happen to overhear them - and by all readers of this online magazine, if they happen to read them.

The club's temporary location-café is:

Le Café Lodi
24. Quai du Louvre
Paris 1. Métro: Pont-Neuf or Châtelet.

A bientôt à Paris,
signature, regards, ric

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