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To repeat, La Corona's renovation is now scheduled to be completed earlier than Friday, 14. December. Watch this space for the latest news about the club's next meeting in its 'home' café.

Café Metropole Club Change-Location Alert 49

Right after the club's coming meeting in the Café La Corona on Thursday, 20. December, and after doing this meeting's club 'report,' the club's secretary is going to fly from Paris across the Atlantic Ocean to New York City.

The purpose of this transatlantic flight is to hold the last club meeting of the year in Manhattan on Thursday, 27. December.

All members, from anywhere, are invited to this meeting. And, of course, all readers who havephoto: la corona, rue admiral coligny found coming all the way to Paris to attend meetings in order to become members, inconvenient, are invited to come and sign the members' booklet too.

For distant members, a look at your club's 'home' café last week.

The actual location of the meeting place in Manhattan is unknown. To nail this down, I will be relying on club members and readers to make suggestions for a suitable location, and an appropriate time for the meeting to be held.

The other purpose of this change of venue is to produce a 'Paris In New York' issue of Metropole Paris. All suggestions furthering this purpose will be welcome as well.

If all goes well - I may have to use a PC! - with hidden or no French accent keys! - the New York meeting's 'report' will go online as usual, on the same day in certain selected time zones, mostly to the west of New York City.

The 'Paris In New York' features will appear in Metropole's issue 7.01/02, which is expected to be put online on Monday, 7. January 2002.

This project will be another 'first' for your online magazine about Paris. To make it a major 'first' I am relying on you, both readers of the magazine, and members of the Café Metropole Club. I am looking forward to seeing you in New York City.

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This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 5.48 - 27. Nov 2000 - This issue began with, 'Newsflash ñ - 'Ed' Falls On Knee!' This week's Café Metropole column was titled, 'Ed' Discovers 'Real Life' and the 'Au Bistro' news column was titled, 'Tourist Zone - Saint-Germain.' This issue had two features, titled 'A Paris Winter Picnic' and 'Photo Exhibit - Paris' Other 1900.' This issue's update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 30. November was called the 'Pratfall of the Week' Report. The week's 'Scene' column was titled 'A Smidgenphoto: sign, rue volta of Christmas.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned, "No Games!"

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 4.48 - 29. Nov. 1999 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled 'Your 'Ed' Is an Expatriate.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled 'This 'News' Could Be Full of Facts.' This issue had two features, titled 'One of the Day's Strikes - Taxi Drivers Act Up' and 'Louis d'Orléans Murdered, 'Fearless' Jean Skips.' The Café Metropole Club introduced an idea for the 'The 'Trivial Paris' Board Game' and then was followed up by the club's 8th 'report,' which came out as 'Fluffenutter' or Not?' There were two 'Scene' columns, titled, 'Blows Up In 1st Week' and 'Christmas '99 and '2000.' The usual four 'Posters of the Week' were featured and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the dumb caption of 'Early Christmas Shopping.'

The 'Count-Down' - Euro-day Minus Six Weeks

There are 35 days remaining in this year. This means there is less and less time remaining until the 'euro' currency introduction day on Tuesday, 1. January 2002 at 00:01.

In France, for the remainder of this year you can safely use whatever good money you have, after it has been changed into francs, which may be real ones. If real and new - or extra old - these notes and coins may become collector's items.

Beginning at midnight on Sunday, 17. February, the euro will be the sole currency in circulation inphoto: sign, l'euro, note monnaie, 100 euro note France, and 11 other European countries. This allows for seven weeks for banks to soak up francs and for users to get used to dealing with euros. After all old francs have disappeared, the euro will be all there is, forever.

Our to-be money will be for visitor's use too.

Between the start of the year and 17. February, francs can be exchanged at any bank for euros. The exchange rate is fixed at 6.55957 francs for one euro. After 17. February, old francs can be exchanged for new euros at any branch of the Banque de France.

Also after the beginning of the year, dollars can be exchanged for euros instead of francs. The rate of exchange will depend on the daily 'fixing' in New York. Readers have found that withdrawing cash from ATMs in Paris gives a good exchange rate.

Between now and then, if you have some curious wish to learn more about the new European-style money, take a look at the French government's 'Euro' Web site for whatever it has to say about the arrival of the euro s slightly more than only one month from now.
signature, regards, ric

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