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photo: passage pont solferinoThe RATP's Song Phanekham has offered a re-done page in English for browsing the shop. He added that you should look for the section named, 'Memorabilia, Souvenir.' At the present time there is no online sales facility, he added.

Looking out from the Tuileries tunnel to the Solférino bridge.

This shop, within the métro/RER station Châtelet-Les Halles, has the widest selection of the well-made and fairly-priced souvenirs.

Smaller collections of the same items can be found at the Tourist Office on the Champs-Elysées and at quite a number of other locations - including other métro or RER stations and at the airports. If the métro is your favorite team, you should look into these items.

The Métro's 'Friends'

In the course of the quest for métro souvenirs, Song Phanekham also kindly sent a list of Web sites done by 'friends' of Paris' métro and buses.

For readers who may be city transport fans, you might want to take a look at the following Web sites:-

Cecile Gendraud's pages look better if you have 'Flash' installed. Our old friends at Bus 38 Online have an attractive Web site where mention is made of grumpy passengers needing to smile more, but Bus 88 is quite a bit more sober. The unofficial RATP Info site by Jean-Christophe Pagès has lots more of everything for bus and métro fans. I think it's all in French but it's worth a look. The Bus Parisiens didn't load because my browser was tired, but give it try too.

Need a Paris Taxi?

While Metropole reader Chris Lawson is trying to lure 'disgruntled' Paris taxi drivers to Goldsboro, North Carolina to work, a Paris taxi company called Cab Taxi is offering a reservation service here that operates 24 hours a day worldwide because it is on the Internet.

Cab Taxi has 100 cars of all sorts, with some taking up to six passengers. They pick up at the airports and train stations, drivers speak English and/or Spanish, and they operate in Lyon as well. You can fax a reservation to 33-4 78 75 07 51 too.

New Paris Web Site

Paris has a new Web URL and it is www.paris.fr. It was started during the Fête de l'Internet this year and presented as part of 'Paris Ville Numérique,' which has been shortened to 'PARVI.'

I took a quick look at the new Web site, and it seems to be a work-in-progress, with some of the same material as the older visitor-information www.paris-france.org site, but without any sign of English, because 'www.paris.fr' is supposed to provide services for residents.

Sports News

The Tour de France

Except for the French Grand Prix on Sunday, all sporting events here other than the Tour de France have been suspended so that everybody can go to the seaside.

For the tens of millions who would rather not, the world's longest bike race has been arranged to take place mostly within the country, where it can be seen by everybody for about 17 seconds.

Yesterday, the 'Tour' had its 14th stage, and today it is taking a rest. This is because Richard Virenque got to the top of Mont Ventoux in the Vaucluse first. Although US Postal's Lance Armstrong was 2'20" behind, he was a allowed to keep wearing the yellow shirt which means he the leading the race.

During-the-Summer Weather Warnings

Paris has never been a thrilling weather area, but summer is here and boring weather may be good news. Littlephoto: sunbathers, ile st louis reason then, to pay attention to France- Météo's warnings unless you are somewhere else in France.

France-Météo's alert service is mainly for northern, central, mountainous, eastern, western Atlantic coast, all types of southern and offshore areas of France - that occasionally or regularly, have more extreme - sometimes dangerous weather, than the Ile-de-France region.

Another beach, on the south side of the Ile Saint-Louis.

If you are curious or want to know more about France's honest mid-summer weather, give the Météo-France Web site a hit, for its short-range forecasts. Check out the warning-prone 'Vigilance-Météo' area on the opening page.

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