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While Patrick is handy, passing out the food, Fred borrows his official Paris-waiter bottle opener and corkscrew, to fix hisphoto: terrie blazek watch band, which has become unfixed. Club members should remember this helpful hint - Patrick carries this useful tool with him at all times.

Once these items of food are consumed, the Vezinas start off for the Pont des Arts, as a way to get back to their hotel instead of taking the métro to strange stations.

Terrie Blazek points out the direction of Chicago, for the geographically-impaired club secretary.

One of the reasons for club meetings is for club members to give each other tips about being in Paris. Terrie's tip is to play the game on the Eiffel Tower's Web site, which she does most days, before getting 'A's on exams. She says she has won many free entries to go up the tower.

After this we wander over to the Rue de Rivoli two blocks away so that Terrie can try out a telephone booth for making international calls, and maybe catch a passing taxi back to where she's staying.

The 'Non-Meeting of the Week'

I am still waiting for reports about this but none have turned up so far. I assume members have either not bothered to report them or not bothered to hold them - unlike the one reported here last week. Thus the 'non-meeting of the week' is more likely to be classified as the 'no-non meeting of the week' - except, of course, for the one reported above.

Paris' 2002 Winter Sales - In Euros for the First Time

The New Year's Winter Sales continue until Saturday, 16. February, whether there is anything left 'on sale' not. This period presents a good chance to try and unload your collection of brand-new 200 or 500euro 3 sign notes, but don't be surprised if merchants are wary about them.

The Next Meeting - At La Corona!

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 24. January - because it is a good old Thursday again - and it definitely will be held at the Café-Tabac La Corona.

Next Thursday will be just another absolutely ordinary Thursday kind of day called Saint-François-de-Sales. This Saint-François was the patron saint of all winter sales shoppers - but is still not any reason for any kind of holiday in France, not yet.

See the correct address for this meeting at the bottom of this page, proceeded or followed by all the date and time and multiple métro-stop names, which nearly everybody knows already.

Why 'Le Corona' Is Spelled Wrong

Some readers and members have noticed that signs for the club's café are spelled wrong on its windows, awnings and menu. 'La Corona' is a feminine Spanish word, but since it is foreign the French rule is that it must be masculine, even though the French word for crown is 'La Couronne,' which is also feminine. On top of it, 'La Corona' sells the Mexican beer 'La Corona,' by its correct spelling.

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

You can learn more than most club members need to know about this club if you think this could improve your appreciation of a meeting - by reading 'About the Café Metropole Club.' This 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 if you don't forget the address, time and other stuff.

Date, Time and Location of the Next Paris Meeting

Your club's meeting time in Paris 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 'POUM' - and elsewhere known as 3 pm to 5 pm in zones without 24-hour 'Eurotime.'

The club's secretary, occasionally known as 'hey you!' will be making some 'report' notes during the meeting. Thisphoto: onion soup will require no effort on your part, unless you can't remember your name, hometown and email address. Getting two out of three of these right is okay.

If La Corona's onion soups have a fault, it is only because they are bigger than your head.

Be sure to have a new 'Quote of the Week' ready or come with your own 'City of the Week'- if you remember it - or even bring along any other 'Things of the Week.' New 'rules' are 'non grata,' as usual.

Your comments, casual or completely out-of-your-cuff, will be greatly appreciated 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
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