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French authorities shut down the airspace over Normandy and stationed five navy vessels offshore. Before George's corporate aircraft, a Boeing 747 named 'One' touched down, the airport was closed for seven hours to other flights.

For the residents of Sainte-Mère-Eglise to be visited by two presidents, it was the second longest day in the history of the world.

After the ceremonies, TV-news said George and Laura left for Italy. I ate a peanut and missed hearing the name of who they intended to visit there.

The photos here may not be of the authentic presidential limo. Its license plate doesn't match the one shown in Le Parisien's photo in today's edition, but the rest of the car looks the same.

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

If you were too busy to read last Thursday's club meeting 'report' you can catch up with club news now by hitting this link to the "It Has More Cows Than People" report. This 'Quote of the Week' is a sort of 'first' because it is the 2nd time it has been used, and uttered by the same club member.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 30. May. The club's 'Saint's Day of the Week' next Thursday is Saint-Ferdinand's day. This may be a 'first' but I am not really certain.

Readers who want to become real club members can scan the few minor details concerningphoto: ed's fiat 500 of the week this free club in 21 seconds by reading the large sized fine print on the 'About the Club' page and maybe clipping out the virtual membership card.

The secretary's dream car - a 'Fiat 500 of the Week.'

Joining is really easy. Do it by simply being here! Being here on a Thursday named after a saint or 'sainte' is even better and every day in a year has at least one of these. Keeping up with club 'news' is a snap too, because the reports about it go online right after the meetings, after I finish writing them, and you can read them in this magazine, which is online too.

Save 'Metropole Paris' as one of your favorite bookmarks to save yourself mistyping out its overly-long name every time you feel like reading a club report, or a regular edition like this one.

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 any vacant lot covered with suitable dirt.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 6.22 - 28. May 2001 - This issue began with the Café Metropole column, titled, 'A Bungled Issue?' This issue had two features, titled 'Nothing New à l'Ouest, With Dennis Again' and 'Roll Around Paris, Day and Night.' This issue's update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 31. May was called the 'The 2nd 'Blot of the Week'' Report. There were two email features, titled 'Take a Bus!' from Mary Copeland, and 'Seen the Moosehead?' from Alan Pavlik. The week's 'Scene' column was 'no show' again. Therephoto: sign, place de l'institut were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned, "Time To Upgrade!"

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 5.22 - 29. May 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column was titled 'Paris Clips.' The 'Au Bistro' column turned serious with 'The Battle for Paris, Part 44.' This issue had one feature, titled 'An Alley With a Past - Rue Visconti.' The Café Metropole Club update for this issue on 1. June, was called 'Movie of the Week.' A club page began with 'Friends, Paris Fanas, Members!' and went on from there. The 'Scene' column pre-announced the Fête de la Musique with 'Lots Of Music Coming Up.' The usual four 'Posters of the Week' were on view too and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Last Chance Charter.'

Non 'Countdown of the Week'

Despite the several important upcoming dates that could be suitable 'countdown' candidates - none of them are here this week, for technical reasons.

As of today, there are only 218 days remaining in this year. This means the 'euro 3 signuro' currency has been around for a whole 147 days now - whole months! - long enough for everybody to figure it out.

To be a bit more precise, a euro 3 signuro is worth less than a US dollar, but more than a Canadian dollar. A French euro 3 signuro is worth the same as a German one. Britain has no euro 3 signuros so it is in a different kettle of duck soup.

The countdown for Charles Lindbergh's solo arrival in Paris after a 33-hour non-stop flight from the United States and an endlessphoto: sign, bains, douches, toillettes build-up here, ended a week ago.

For a reason that continues to remain a mystery to me, this event will be celebrated in Paris on Friday, 28. June, at Le Bourget. Thanks go to all readers who wrote to say they fondly remembered the original event.

Before you leave home for Paris, don't forget to feed the canary.
signature, regards, ric

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