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Listen, the list just goes on and on. Lights will be lit on 216 monuments in the city, the mayor Bertrand Delanoë says you better be prepared to walk a bit even though there will be free shuttle buses, plus the regular Noctambuses that run all night all the time.

Another Web site with information is the city's Nuit Blanche. Warnings include being aware that for many sites the high traffic time will be from 20:00 to 01:00, and certain sites just cannot hold many night people.

For anybody who misses some or all of it, a 'Journal De Nuit' will be produced during the Nuit Blanche. And for the duration of the whole night, everybody in Paris is supposed to say, 'Bonne Nuit!' Bonne nuit, Paris!

Internet Life

This 'life' isn't what it used to be, but I can't leave a blank space here when I do have URLs that might be interesting or useful.

Le VIeux Couvent

This is a 'B & B' run by old friends of mine, Corinne and Bill, out in the country down near Cahors. When I stayedphoto: space liner, mitsubishi there quite a number of years ago it wasn't entirely fixed up so the 16th century part didn't quite match the 18th century part, and the 19th century was another part altogether.

This 'Space Liner' gets the 'Hudson of the Year' award for 2002.

Besides the 20th century 'B & B' aspect, there are also a fair variety of creative possibilities, with a combination of professional art tuition, guided excursions, and country-style gourmet fare. The couple from Canada are now in their 6th season and I expect that the 'parts' mesh now, even if I can't remember to look at the detailed .PDF files.

Try looking instead at the Le VIeux Couvent online because it might be better. When Bill and I weren't doing nightshifts in bakeries, we used to do photos in his mom's basement washroom.

Anyone for Pétanque?

I'm not sure if Marco Foyot is in my neighborhood somewhere because I never remember to note the pétanque-match dates that are regularly posted at the café La Comédia, but he has informed me that his next pétanque training course is planned to take place from Monday, 7. October until Thursday, 10. October.

If this isn't somewhere around here, drop into the café La Comédia in the Rue Boulard for the music and the tapas. Or maybe it's where the pétanque 'afters' happen.

The Wedding Band

René Miller and his crew stillphoto: baby caprice des dieux, cheese shop play jazz on autumn-like Sunday mornings in the Rue Daguerre and some Sunday afternoons on the Pont Saint-Louis, between Notre-Dame and the Oasis.

A second cousin of Jonathan-the-drummer's sister-in-law was looking for a flat for me, so I feel it is my duty to inform you that the Wedding Band will be on stage at the Sentier des Halles at 20:00 on Friday, 4. October.

At the '1000 Fromages' cheese shop - miniature 'Caprices.'

This is located at 60. Rue d'Aboukir, Paris 2. Métro: Sentier. If you want to sit to listen, maybe you should call 01 42 61 89 96 first.

Online Weather Warnings

Now that we have had a bit of winter and slipped into an indefinite period of fall, winter snows are not far off and could happen at any time. France-Météo's online alert service is very short-term, and its warnings should be taken seriously - even though Paris itself is seldom a thrilling weather area.

If you are curious or need to know more about France's early fall 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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