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The 'between sales' times can be used for normal sightseeing or hanging around in cafés, or for saving up euros for the 'Summer Sales.'

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

Readers can get up to speed with the most recent club subjects by reading about last week's Paris meeting. See this report with the provocative suggestion that 'Chicago is next-best' - after Paris.

Before anybody takes offense, the club's secretary merely reports what he think he hears. The above could have been said by somebody sitting at another table in the café, unconnected to the club and serenely ignorant of its presence.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 24. January. It will be a Thursday again, after all. The meeting will be held at the Café-Tabac La Corona.

And it will be just another fairly ordinary Thursday-type day, but one called Sainte-Agnés. 'Sainte-Agnés!' - haven't we had this one before? No matter. It is never any kind of holiday in France despite the efforts of the Sainte-Agnés fan club.

photo: sunday weather on mondayThe following day will be an ordinary Friday again. Fridays may be a favorite of yours, so make the most of what there is of it - even though there will be about 46 more of them this year.

Well well, here is yesterday's weather after all - today.

Metropole readers and those wishing to become real club members can learn all about this free club by reading the large-sized fine-print on the 'About the Club' page, one more time.

It explains how to join - be here! - its meeting time and so on, and other true facts such as being free. This page also contains a location map for the club's café La Corona, which still shows the location of the club's back-up café, Le Café Lodi because I haven't replaced the temporary map yet.

Metropole's Affiliates

The following product or service providers have chosen Metropole because their offers may be of value to you and I agree with them.

'Bookings' has extended their reservation service for a wide selection of Paris hotels. Check out their wider offers and make your choice long before your arrival in France. Try this one. Other Metropole readers have.

'HighwayToHealth' provides a 'city health profile' for Paris as well as travel insurance. If you have signed up for these services before you need them suddenly, you will benefit from them. I hope won't be the case, but 'Things Happen.'

'Petanque America' exports quality Obut boules from France and will ship them to you anywhere in the Americas - which will save you the effort of carrying them all the way from Paris. Be the first on your block to introduce the game of pétanque - or boules. Everybody can play this game, nearly anywhere - such as on the vacant lot I saw between the subway exit and the boardwalk at Coney Island.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 6.04 - 22. Jan 2001 - This issue started with the week's Café Metropole column, titled, 'Legends, Legends' and the 'Au Bistro' news column was titled, 'Fast Driving Minister.' This issue had one feature titled ''I Love You' On Montmartre.' This issue's update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 25. January was called the 'The "Are We're Too Loud?" Report.' The week's 'Scene' column was titled 'The Last New Year This Year.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Weekphoto: sig, marie de medicis, reine de france, 1573 1642 was captioned, 'Win at Monte! Win at Dakar!'

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago, Again

Issue 5.03/04 - 17/24. January 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled 'Black and White All Over.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled '35-Hour Work Week Becomes Law.' This issue had one feature, titled 'Paris In Winter's Greys - Photography and Eugène Atget.' This double issue had two Café Metropole Club updates - on 20. January one was called 'A Very Quiet Meeting' and 27. January followed with 'An Extra Quiet Meeting.' A club page introduced 'Kathleen's Modest Proposal,' which may not have been adopted. The 'Scene' column wasn't too exciting with 'Not Much New Stuff - Yet.' The usual four 'Posters of the Week' were on view again and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had its usual dumb caption, which was 'Where Is Libya?'

This Year's 'Count-Down' - Goes On Forever

There are only 344 days remaining in this year. This means the 'euro 3 signuro' currency introduction day onphoto: sign, peljse temporairement fermee Tuesday, 1. January 2002 at 00:01 was 21 whole days ago, located somewhere in the long-distant past - sometimes called the wastebasket of history.

Although I accurately point out that there are 'only 344' days left this year, do not get the idea that 2003 might be better than the 2002 that we have. It will probably be a better idea to make 2002 last as long as possible.

Your online magazine about Paris is again seeking another, new count-down subject. Any reader or club member who has the urge can suggest anything at all just so long as it doesn't start with 'euro 3 sign' and end with 'o,' and is something we can all get our teeth into.
signature, regards, ric

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