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For Christmas shopping, all of Paris' 'grands magazins' will be open on the Sundays of 16 and 23. in December. All other stores in Paris will be open on these Sundays too.

Early in 2002, the New Year's Winter Sales begin on Wednesday, 9. January and continue until Saturday, 16. February - when francs go out of circulation. Then 'spring shopping' is scheduled to start, after you are good and broke.

Some Odd Bobbets of Club News:-

All in all, all of it is 'good' news, but to avoid confusion, I'm putting it in boring chronological order.

Next Meeting - Back To La Corona!

After seeing the state of La Corona's bar tonight, it is hard to believe that this café will be ready and willing to be the Café Metropole Club's 'home' clubhouse again next Thursday, 20. December - but I have been assured today that this will be so.

As much as members have enjoyed the true Paris café-like charms of Le Caféphoto: corona bar, week before reopen Lodi, it will be good to return to our semi-reserved part of the 'grande salle' - where we will be able to sprawl all over 30-odd available seats and behave like proper clubpeople.

This is what La Corona's bar looks like today - not what it will look like next week.

I have also been assured that Patrick, the club's popular 'Waiter of the Week,' is anxious to serve club members again. He will be making sure that there is enough onion soup for all.

See the correct address for this at the bottom of this page, preceded by all the date and time and other information everybody knows already.

Details for the Meeting In New York On 27. December

After the club's meeting in the Café La Corona next Thursday on 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.

On the following Thursday, 27. December, one of the club's meetings 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 readphoto: club belly flasher the following carefully. Everybody knows New York better that the club's secretary, so these details may be skipped if you've already memorized them.

This photo - probably - speaks for itself. Nobody with an air-tummy should be without one.

There are at least 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. Second, 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. And 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 Meets In Paris On 27. December - As Usual

This will happen because the server-lady, Linda Thalman, has graciously agreed to host this meeting, so it will be held at the regular time in the regular 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. The Paris meeting will be at least six hours ahead of New York's, so Linda will forward the names of members for inclusion in the meeting(s) 'report.'

Because of the time difference, the club's dual-meeting 'report' will go online somewhat later in most time zones - because the club's secretary has no control over these.

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 major 'first' to be provided by this 'virtual' online magazine, 'Metropole Paris.'

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

You can learn more than you need to know about this club if you think this will improve your appreciation of Paris - by reading 'About the Café Metropole Club' - which also explains exactly where to find the club in Paris and the day and time of the meetings.

You will also be able to find out that you can easily become a member of this online magazine's free and real club in Paris, by simply coming to a meeting. On Thursday, 27. December, you will be able to become a member in New York too. This will be another true club 'first' so don't miss it.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

First off, the coming meeting will be on a Thursday again. It is also the annual day known as Saint-Abraham, which is not any kind of a holiday in France.

The following day - next week - will not be an ordinary Friday, because it is called 'Hiver' and it will be the shortest day of the year. If Fridays are a favorite day of yours, make the most of what there is of it - even though the following and final one will be slightly longer.

Your club's meeting time will begin at 15:00 and cruise along to 17:00 in Europe'sphoto: prisim of calva Central European Time Zone - which is 'CET' for short and not 'OZOZ' - and elsewhere known as 3 pm to 5 pm in zones without 'Euro-type' 24-hour time.

Alena found a prisim - this is what one 'Calva' looks like with it.

The club's secretary, sometimes known as 'Ed,' will be making some 'report' notes during the meeting. This is only an idle club pastime - and not a 'rule!' - except for the secretary.

Be sure to have a new 'Quote of the Week' ready or come with your own 'City of the Week' if it is a new one, or even haul along any other 'Things of the Week.' New 'rules' will be scorned, as usual.

Your comments, casual or completely off-the-cuff, will be 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, if they happen to be written here.

The café's location is:

Café-Tabac La Corona
2. Rue de l'Amiral de Coligny - or - 30. Quai du Louvre
Paris 1. Métro: Pont-Neuf or Châtelet.

A bientôt à Paris,
signature, regards, ric

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