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When I left the café I got no further than the next restaurant, called 'Aux 7 Trésors,' because it had an oriental band playing in its front salon - playing some very strange instruments on an early Sunday evening.

Café Metropoleô Makes a Splash

The breathlessly awaited 'Café Metropole Blanc de Blanc' sparkling wine is mentioned again in this issue, following its unveiling here in last week's issue.

In order to keep abreast of this major 'first' for an Internet magazine, be sure the read all about it in this issue, in the last issue, and tell your friends all about it. It may be the only 'good news' around these days.

A Note From 'Ed'

Several usual features are missing from this issue. They have been sporadically missing from recent issues too, and they may continue to be absent.

There are multiple culprits for this situation. One is my new apartment and its unfinished state - everything in it is unfindable - and it needs all sorts of common but vital accessories other than broom handles.

The Café Metropole wine launch is not a culprit, but is an important new feature of the magazine. Doing reports about it as it begins life requires collaboration with the winemaker, Allan Pangborn, and he has his hands full too. I keep harassing him to send photos while he's busily sticking labels on bottles.

In the wings a new service called 'Metropole Partners' is waiting to be thrust upon you. This is another money-making scheme, orchestrated by a young fellow named Cyril Toullier, who is Metropole's advertising agent in New York.

This has been a long time in getting started, but when it is operational Metropole readers are going to be offered some nice deals relating to Paris. Cyril fits right into Metropole's notion of things because his father owns an electricity supply shop one block away, in the Rue Daguerre.

So brave Cyril has to live in some out-of-the-way 'burb in the outer depths of Long Island and commute to Park Avenue in order to talk to French companies like Air France, while I get to live 'Café Life' where Cyril grew up. Somebody has to do it.

The Café Metropole wine will appear as a sponsor and the commercial 'Partners' page will be accompanied by a new and useful 'Friends of Metropole' Links page as a feature highlighting 'friends' Web sites.

These will be followed by a half-dozen new pages, that will be indexes to all of Metropole's past tours around Paris - making them easy to find in one place. Doing these is reader Gary Jackson's idea, and he has done a couple of years' worth already.

But it is up to me to pull all of these elements together, so they fit neatly on an issue's contents' page, without making it overly complicated - so it remains 'Metropole,' and remains simple to access.

With all of this, the 'About Metropole' page will have to be updated - at last - and 'About' pages for some of the new items will have to be created. All of this adds up to so much 'extra' work that I am thinking of taking a holiday first rather than after. The thinking has worn me out.

But before I go, expect to find Metropole's traditional 'Christmas In Paris' program here. One of these days real soon. This is when I'm promising this week's 'Au Bistro' column. Why not read this Café Metropole column twice?

Café Metropole Club 'Updates'

Tap this link to last week's "A Complex Philosophical Question" report, even if you are not interested in the club's recent third birthday and would prefer to drink 'Café Metropole Blanc de Blanc' instead.

All the necessary details concerning the club - practically none - are available on the 'About the Club' page. If you think you need one, you can hack the virtual membership card right off the screen and forge the secretary's signature on it.

Joining this club - your own free club after all! - is also mentioned on the same page. To save you a short hyperlink trip to it, all you need to know is - show up on a Thursday.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 31. October. The club's 'Saints' Dayphoto: halloween 10 euros of the Week' next Thursday is Saint-Quentin. This equivalent meeting a year from now will also be the first in the club's 4th year of existence, according to members who think the secretary's counting is nuts.

Next club day is on the eve of Toussaint.

Club members are invited to club member Frank Watson's photo exhibition 'Elisabeth och Christine' after next Thursday's club meeting. The 'varnishing' for this starts at 17:00 and the place is the Café des Lettres, at 53. Rue de Verneuil, Paris 7. Métro: closest is Rue du Bac.

Save 'Metropole Paris' today or earlier as one of your all-time favorite bookmarks to avoid mistyping its overly-long 'URL' 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 6.44 - 29. Oct 2001 - This issue began with the Café Metropole column, 'Indian Summer' Is Still Here.' The 'Au Bistro' column's headline asked 'Are You Ready for Canned Pastis?' This issue had one feature titled 'A Perfect Season for a Long Tour.' The update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 1. November was, A 'Change of Scene' Meeting Report. The week's 'Scene' column was headlined 'Two Big 19th C Exhibitions.' The week's newphoto: sign, menu 959; moules frites 790 four 'Posters of the Week' were on view again and Ric's 'Cartoon of the Week' had the caption, "It's Trick or Treat Time!"

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 5.44 - 30. Oct 2000 - This week's Café Metropole column headlined 'The Longest Weekend.' The 'Au Bistro' column's headline was 'The Life of Plants.' There were two features, titled 'Modern Sculpture and Medals' and 'The Orphaned Europe Quartier.' The Café Metropole Club update for this issue on 2. November, was called the 'Word-of-Mouth' report. The 'Scene' column's headline was 'Month of the Photo Begins.' The four brand new 'Posters of the Week' were featured and Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Hurry Up!' It might have been about the previous week's chicken.

Seriously 'Real' Count-Down II

To return the regular program of serious count-downs the number of days left to go until we get a new year, which for the purposes of this 'count-down' will be 2003, is 64.

John Motta, the recent 'count-down' contest winner, who sent in the closest guess for the number of days for the last count-down, continues to wait for his prize because I haven't found a free box to ship it in yet. Maybe this should be the subject of a new 'count-down.'

The current 'count-down' has been suggested by reader and club member Jim Auman, who nearly always sends in a timely new count-down subject when I run out of one.

Jim says he has found out that Alexandrephoto: mini manhole stuffed with bunny Dumas' is to be unburied and reburied in the Panthéon on Saturday, 30. November. My magic 4000-year BC-AD calendar says this is 34 days off.

Take a mini-manhole without a lid, put a stuffed bunny in it - and you have?

Wherever Alexandre Dumas is now, he will be dug up and spend a Friday night at his 'folie' - the Château de Monte-Cristo, on the edge of Marly-le-Roi, before being hauled off to the Panthéon on Saturday, where he may remain forever - at last!

This just goes to show that in France it is possible to be very famous here for a very long time before getting planted in the place reserved for people everybody agrees is truly famous. To put it another way, there is no 'overnight' fame in France.
signature, regards, ric

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