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This rumor prompts Pat Enderle to utter a near 'Quote of the Week' that goes like this - "This reason people come to visit France is that the government doesn't pasteurize everything."

This had never occurred to me before. What does, is that it might mean poor business for the Pasteur Institute, which is still in operation in Paris and in business as well. This is France for you - 350 unpasteurized cheeses in the same country that invented pasteurization. What a schmozzle!

Bruce relates an experience he had while leaving a Latin-American country. At some point between the air terminal and the airplane, some civilians were stopping all passengers and demanding they pay a $50 'departure tax.' "They were putting the money in their pants' pockets," he says.

What bothered him was, nobody told him when he arrived that he would have to pay $50 to leave. If he have of known that, he could have gone to Las Vegas instead.

France is having a presidential election these days and no candidates have suggested any 50 euro 'departure tax' yet. In fact, if things stay the way they are, you can even get the sales tax you've paid for cheese returned at the airport or somewhere, when you leave.photo: beers of the week

This certainly makes unpasteurized French cheeses affordable. The only catch to it is, you have to eat all the cheese before you get off the plane in the USA.

The other 'Soups of the Day' this week.

If there were a 50 euro departure tax, I think a lot of people would say to hell with it, and just stay in France and eat unpasteurized cheese.

Suddenly it is 20 minutes past the end of the official time period for a meeting. The members file dubiously out into the pouring rain and Patrick, the 'Waiter of the Week,' begins cleaning up the debris.

Hatless, I trundle along the Rue de l'Amiral de Coligny with rain dribbling in my face. At the métro I remember the Loto, and take a sidetrip on Rivoli to collect my winnings. They are less than royal. They are merely republican enough to make another modest play.

The Next Meeting

The coming weekly meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 28. March. This will be a fairly ordinary 13th Thursday in the year 2002 kind-of-day named after Saint-Gontran - I'm not kidding - but who I'm sure was definitely not the patron saint of convicts.

The address for this meeting is near the bottom of this page, proceeded or followed by all the datephoto: weather of the week and time and multiple métro-stop names, which are hard to remember even though they have been exactly the same for years, almost like this paragraph.

The coming club meetings in Paris on Thursday, 28. March and Thursday, 4. April will be hosted by the server-lady, Linda Thalman, who wants to meet you all.

The reason for no 'mutinies on the terrace' today is obvious, I think.

The club's regular secretary, who is me, will be in New York - again! - being at the Easter parade if it is not too early and at the opening game of the baseball season on Monday, 1. April. This seems like an appropriate date for my first-ever big league game. I hope it doesn't snow.

All readers attending these secretaryless meetings will become members as usual if they don't refuse to do so, and will be incorporated into 'reports' of some sort - perhaps done in New York, or as later 'catch-ups.'

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

Learning anything about this club could incite you to attend a meeting for the experience of one, so you can do this by reading 'About the Café Metropole Club.' This page explains nearly everything you need know about club membership - very little - and meetings - a tiny little bit more.

But if you neglect this 'About' page, all you really need know is that you can easily become a member of this online magazine's live, free and real club by simply coming to a meeting when you are in Paris.

Date, Time and Location of the Coming Meeting

The coming meeting of your club in Paris will begin at 15:00 and continue until 17:00 in Europe's Central European Time Zone - which is 'CET' for short and not 'METS' - and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm in worldwide zones without 24-hour 'Eurotime.'

The club's secretary will be making some effort to record 'report' notes after the next two meetings. This will require no effort on your part. Note your hometown'sphoto: after of the week name and your own email address for reference if you tend to forget them. This can be done on readily available used métro tickets.

Attend in person with a new 'Quote of the Week' or propose your own 'City of the Week' or even be prepared to mention any other original 'Things of the Week' if you want to see them in a 'club report' associated with your name. 'No-names' is optional. Otherwise and in general, the only exception is 'no rules.'

Patrick performs ritual known as the 'After of the Week.'

Your comments will be treated with proper respect and really appreciated by the other members present, if they happen to be listening - and by all readers of this online magazine, if they happen to read them - if they chance 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: Louvre-Rivoli, Pont-Neuf or Châtelet.

A bientôt à Paris
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