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We talked about the climate down there, which is mostly 'like California,' he said, but there have been a series of wet weather warnings lately. Dimitri thought the place he is thinking of is high enough not to get floods.

Just about as he was about to order another glass, he stopped himself, saying "I should have breakfast." I thought so too, but I'd already had mine. I was nearly ready for another one. But the Bouquet doesn't do breakfasts, not even in the morning. Down south doesn't either.

'About' Café Metropoleô Blanc de Blanc

Allan just phoned me from 'The Shed,' which is what the Moonlight winery is called even though it is a substantial new building.

He told me that 'Café Metropole Blanc de Blanc' together with 'Seattle Caviar' is going to be on show in Seattle at the 'Taste Washington' exhibition, on Sunday, 6. April.

There will be 140 wineries paired with 85 restaurants. The restaurants will create a dish to accompany the wines selected by the wineries. The event takes place from 16:00 to 21:00, with different entry charges for 'early entries' or the regular one at 17:30. Tickets are limited to 3000 and it was sold out last year.

The last report about the Café Metropole Blanc de Blanc was about its label and why it is like it is and why Allan likes it.

Expect to see other news here shortly. I would say what it is, but all these 'shortlies' have a habit of turning out to be somewhat extended. Soon. Check the 'Washington Wine' URL above for more complete details.

Café Metropole Club 'Reports'

Hit this link to last week's "HEY! The 11th is OKAY!" club meeting report, which was lively, animated and, well, lively.

With spring fever in the air I get to club meetings half asleep, expecting the meeting to be like me. But no! Somephoto: theatre marionettes, luxembourg new members and members are so excited to be in Paris that they wake me right up. Once the club report is done, I fall back into a doze for a week.

The marionette theatre in Marie's park.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 6. March. This - first! - March meeting finally marks the definitive and final end of all February meetings for this year. The saint's 'Day of the Week' will be Sainte-Collette.

Nearly all of the three details concerning the club - actually only the club's address is useful to know - are handily placed on the 'About the Club' page. The virtual membership card may be useful, especially if it is laminated.

The 'Call for Beano 'List' - asking readers and club members for their favorite Paris restaurants - if they are willing to share their favorites - is getting a steady stream of responses. Although the 'list' is still not long it is getting longer and I need to put it together, in some tidy fashion.

This is to be sort of the Café Metropole Club's own guide, suggested exclusively by its hungrier and possibly thirstier members. You might trust fellow members taste if you trust your own. And you do, don't you?

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 6.10 - 5. March 2001 - This issue began with the Café Metropole column's 'Winter' In Paris Confirmed' The 'Au Bistro' column's headline was 'Plague of the Week.' There was one feature titled 'Do You Have the Missing Utrillo?' This issue also had an Emails feature with the subject, 'On the Back of the Bus.' The update for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 8. March was named the 'First 'John Wayne Day' report of the week. The issue's 'Scene'photo: sign, rue de medicis column's headline was 'Seeing Is Believing.' There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's 'Cartoon of the Week' had the caption, 'Smoking Platform.'

This Was Metropole Seven Years Ago

Issue 1.02 - 4. March 1996 - This week's Metropole 'Diary' column was headlined, 'A 'Grand Depart' Weekend, Danger and Taxes.' The 'Au Bistro' column's unlikely title was 'This Is a True Story About French Taxes.' There were three Salon de l'Agriculture features, one with 'Food and Drink' and another with 'Cheese.' There was no Café Metropole Club update for this issue because the club didn't begin until the fall of 1999. The 'Scene' column hadn't started its erratic life yet. But there were new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon was called 'Ric's Cartoon of the Week.'

Two Mystery Count-Downs

Try to keep in mind Hector Berlioz and his coming 200th anniversary in 284 days, while considering that the franc is also 200 years old this year, or would be if it hadn't disappeared at the end of 2001.

When the franc was introduced in Napoléon's time, during the 13-month 'Peace of Amiens,' it was fixed at 4.5 grams of silver, and it maintained this value until WWI. The short-lived peace allowed the British their first chance to visit Paris in a long time, and there were 10,000 reported to be here in September of 1803, four months after the 'peace' ended. Madame Récamier was amused.

So she should have been, because 1803 was also the year that France sold Louisiana to the fledgling United States for a measly $15 million. With taxes and interest the total came to $23,213,567.73 - and did not include any territory south of the Red River. This amounted to 4¢ per acre, for a bit of land 43,000 square miles larger than the existing United States.

photo: pencil, faber castell grip 2001

The 'mystery' with these two events concerns the exact dates. Since I do not know them, I cannot supply their matching days of the week. Lacking these, you will be happy to know that we are currently in the revolutionary calendar month of 'Ventôse,' which continues until Thursday, 20. March.

The number of days left this year is 303. This is not an excessive length of time until New Years, especially when you consider that we've just run through 62 days of 2003 without too much exertion.
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