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Le Café Lodi is located at 24. Quai du Louvre. It is about 60 metres away from La Corona, towards the Pont Neuf, next to the pet shop.

Details for the Coming New York Meeting

After the club's Thursday, 20. December meeting in the Café La Corona, 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 club meeting on the following Thursday, 27. December, will be held at the Rue des Crêpes café in New York City. This club meeting begins at 5 pm, or 17:00. Here is the exact address:

Rue des Crêpes, 104 - 8th Avenue, Manhattan, New York City 10011. This location is between 15th and 16th Streets on the east side of 8th Avenue. InfoTel.: 212 242 99 00.

New York's public transport system is not quite so simple as Paris' métro, so read the following carefully. If you can't memorize it, clip it out for further study and keep it as a handy reference or souvenir.

There are three access possibilities. First with the 'E' train - to the 14th Street station, at 14th Street and 8th Avenue, with another exit at the corner of 8th Avenue and 16th. With the 'F' train - at its 14th Street station, at 14th Street and 6th Avenue, with another exit at the corner of 6th Avenue and 16th Street, with a two-block walk west to 8th Avenue. Finally there's the No 1 train - at its 18th Street station, at 18th Street and 7th Avenue. This will involve a one block walk west to 8th Avenue and then over to 15th Street. Whew!

The Club Meeting in Paris On 27. December

The server-lady, Linda Thalman, has graciously agreed to host this meeting, so it will be held at thephoto: linda thalman, server lady regular time in the café La Corona.

This will mean that your Café Metropole Club will be having meetings in both Paris and New York on the same day. Since Paris will be at least six hours ahead, Linda will forward the names of members for inclusion in the meeting 'report' to be done and put online in New York.

New members get this preview of Linda before she gets a peek at you. Neither should accept substitutes.

The only remaining problem will be figuring out the meetings' numbers and other arcane details. New member numbers from the Paris meeting will take precedence over new member numbers issued at the New York meeting. This isn't a 'rule' - it has to do with time zones over which the club's secretary has no control.

Do not miss this historic chance to become a 'real' member of the Café Metropole Club during its first transatlantic dual meeting. While you are at it, don't forget to tell all your friends about this exclusive 'first' to be provided by the 'virtual' online magazine 'Metropole Paris.'

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This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 5.50 - 11. Dec 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled 'Global Warming' Rant.' This issue had one feature, titled 'Walking Like a Penguin,' which 'Ed' was doing with his leg in a cast. The issue's update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 7. December cited "Mostly To Eat!" as the 'Quote of the Week' in its report. The week's first 'Scene' column was titled 'Last Newphoto: champange corks, lids, wires Stuff of the Year' and the second column featured 'Paris Christmas Season.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' as usual, but no 'Cartoon of the Week.'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 4.50 - 13. December 1999 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled 'Markets and Big Wheels.' The 'Au Bistro' column posed a question, 'What's In a Name of the Century?' This issue had two features, titled 'Feasts of the Century' and Don Smith contributed 'José 'Good Food' Bové In the USA.' The Café Metropole Club introduced an odd food idea with 'Glasgow's 'Mars Bars' Problem.' This was followed by the club's 10th 'report,' which featured the quote, "I Have To Eat" Says Food Guide Writer.' There were two 'Scene' columns, titled, 'The Ile-de-France' and 'Christmas '99 and '2000.' Four new 'Posters of the Week' were featured and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the cheeky caption of 'Art - It's A Snap!'

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

There are only 21 days remaining in this year. This means there is nearly no time remaining until the 'euro 3 signuro' currency introduction day on Tuesday, 1. January 2002 at 00:01.

In France, for the remainder of this year you can use whatever good money you have, after it has been changed into francs, which may be real ones. When purchasing anything, demand that your change be made in francs and not in euros. The new money is not in circulation yet.

After midnight on Sunday, 17. February, the euro will be the sole currency in circulation in France, andscan: euro money 11 other European countries. This allows for seven weeks for banks to soak up francs. For users to get used to dealing with euros, it will take a bit more time, but there will be plenty of it.

A handful of euros - note gates, bridges and big numbers, plus notes of different sizes.

After all old francs have disappeared, the euro will be all there is, forever. For you and for people living here, it will be like we are all visiting a familiar country with foreign money.

Between the start of the year and 17. February, money in francs can be exchanged at any bank for euros. The exchange rate is fixed at 6.55957 francs for one 1euro 3 sign. After 17. February, old francs can be exchanged for new euros at any branch of the Banque de France.

As soon as 2002 begins, dollars and other non-euro-zone currencies can be exchanged for euros instead of francs. The rate of exchange will depend on the daily 'fixing' in New York. Users have found that withdrawing cash from ATMs gives a good exchange rate.

Between now and then, if you 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 slightly less than nearly no time from now.
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