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In the café we spent some time discussing how to turn Paris into a multimedia production. This trip of Tobias' was not to do the production, but to get the basic idea for it. He'll come back later to wrap up the details.

But on Friday afternoon he was a bit wrapped-up himself. We talked a bit about his home area beside the Bodensee - Lake Constance - and my trip through Meersburg on my way to a wedding in the Schwarzwald, which wasn't the shortest way to get there.

I asked him how the Zeppelins are coming along, and he said the first flight was booked out. A quickie Web search didn't find the modern Zeppelin, but I turned up the Zeppelin Museum and the German Air Museum.

If I can get a ride to Rio on one, it will complete the elliptical circle of my life, with a Zeppelin being considered a slow-boat way to fly.

This Issue's Photos

Friday's stroll down the Rue Saint-Jacques also reminded me that the story of this street needs to be completed, so I went back on Saturday and walked the part not yet done, from the Ile de la Cité up to the Rue Soufflot.

Two hours of writing yesterday still had me in the Rue de la Cité, just a bit short of the Petit-Pont. With this issue's other items, there is not enough time to get the words across the bridge - but I hope to have them all here for the next issue.

Meanwhile, most of this issue's photos were shot on Friday and Saturday, on the Rue Saint-Jacques or within 100 metres of it.

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

To catch up with last Thursday's club meeting, read the club's first Valentine's Day report.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 21. February. This will not onlyphoto: hotel senlis be the same as last Thursday because every week is brand-new. Other than this it will be another ordinary Thursday-type day, which will also be Saint-Pierre Damien's day.

Nothing special about the Hôtel de Senlis, except its reflections.

Metropole readers wishing to become real club members can get most of the details about this free club by memorizing the large-sized fine-print on the 'About the Club' page. This page needs an update even if it isn't terribly out-of-date.

It explains how to join - simply by being here! - the meeting time and so on, and other true facts such as being free. This page also contains an out-of-date location map for the club's café La Corona. The map is still good though because the café is in the same place.

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 6.08 - 19. Feb 2001 - This issue started with the Café Metropole column, titled, 'Douce France' Day' and there was no 'Au Bistro' news for the week. This issue had two features titled 'Hanging Out In Oman' by Linda Thalman and 'In the Rue du Faubourg Poissonnière.' A selection of readers' emails were gathered into, 'Throwing Down Gauntlets.' This issue's update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 22. February was called the 'Zulu' Beads of the Week' report. The week's 'Scene' columnphoto: sign, place louis lepine was titled 'Steak-frites On the Billboard.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned, "Feel the Difference?"

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 5.08 - 21. February 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled 'An Expo Too Soon.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled 'Funeral In Saint-Tropez.' This issue had two features, titled 'Champagne, Champagne!' by Allan Pangborn and 'My' Corner Café Re-Opens.' The Café Metropole Club update for this issue on 24. February, was called the 'What Demo Was That?' report. A separate club page asked, 'Alpharetta - as 'City of the Week?' The 'Scene' column picked up with, 'Cow and Cheese Show Coming Up.' The usual four 'Posters of the Week' were on view and Ric's Cartoon of the Week presented a vital answer, which was 'Never Raced.'

This Year's 'Count-Down' Heats Up

There are only 316 days remaining in this year. This means the 'euro 3 signuro' currency has been around for a whole 49 days and as of today, it is France's only currency.

Two week's ago reader John McCulloch proposed some new count-down topics. His suggestion of Victor Hugo's 200th birthdate should be kept in mind even if it is a mere nine days from now, on Tuesday, 26. February.

Metropole reader and Café Metropole Club member Jay Barrios has forwardedphoto: sign, rue cujas this vital - and rare! - information. In a few days' time we will be treated to the once in a millennium opportunity to have the following time, day, month and year - like this:- 2002 2002 2002.

Yes folks, for exactly 59 seconds in our lifetimes - but only in 'Eurotime' zones of the world - we will have the above figures for the coming Wednesday, at 20:02, on 20. February 2002.

This information has been relayed to Metropole from the United States - where possibly the armed forces will be the only ones to enjoy this unique but brief event - because for most people there it will merely be 8:02 pm on Wednesday, February 20, 2002.

This singular event has not happened since 1001 1001 1001, which was 10:01 on 10. January 1001, which was also a Saturday as I'm sure you'll clearly recall. The time, day, month and year of 3003 3003 3003 will never happen because our non-digital time-scheme taps out at 23:59:59.

Wherever you are next Wednesday at 20:02 - make the most of this 'once-and-only' event while it lasts.
signature, regards, ric

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