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However, New Jersey lacks cafés. Kathy says she comes to Paris to sit in cafés because she doesn't like standing in lines to get into museums and wildly popular exhibitions. New Jersey lacks these too, so maybe it doesn't matter that it has no cafés.

Bill mentions last week's poster for the Bon Marché that featured the strange photo of Karl Lagerfeld. After I explain that posters like it are rare, the members all remember the other poster from last week, that was actually still around yesterday.

This was one for Printemps that showed a young lady with exceptionally long legs, with one of them propped against a lamp post so she could handily tie her shoelaces.

The 'catch' of the photo was her little dog, hanging in the wind, which was attached to her wrist with a shortphoto: no wine of the week leash. Bill says that if Printemps showed this in the United States, it would be stoned out of town.

Then there is a flurry of subjects - Bill studying sunrise and sundown times before a trip, so he'll get the most out of every day. Marilee finding bananas better in Paris than where they grow in Morocco, and cheaper. The secretary is even given advice about how to clean windows - 'use newspapers!' "Windows get clean and your hands get dirty."

Like very few club meetings, today's featured H2O.

Kathi says, "Never get your hair cut just before a trip." This was prompted by today's 'Waiter of the Week' accidently disturbing Kathi's careful fix of her 'wrong' haircut - "It's too short! It takes hours to pin up!"

More short subjects - Eurostar's improvement since high-speed rails were laid between the Chunnel and London. Kathi says she eats quite a bit of chocolate in Paris. "It's the only French word I can say," she admits, unruefully.

Marilee intended to cut down her bread intake in Paris. There aren't many varieties available in Agadir, and she hasn't been able to resist it here because -

And this is where today's club meeting notes end.

Call for Your Favorite Restaurants

Do you remember that last week I wrote here that this subject would stay 'on hold' for another week? This is, I'm afraid, what it is going to do.

The 'Call for Restaurants' will continue to receivephoto: opera tickets for tonight nominations for your favorite restaurants. They will be diligently tossed on the same stack as the ones already tossed on the stack.

Kathi and Bill's tickets for tonight's opéra.

Do not give up making nominations even if it seems like I am monkeying around to weasel out of this. My powers of weaselment are, in truth, not serpentine.

About the 'Café Metropole Club About' Page

If you have an insane desire to become a member of this club it would be a good idea to read the 'About the Café Metropole Club' page first. But nobody will know if you don't bother. The page explains a bit about the club, like about it being free. If you require any other information, send me a dollar.

Pass up this 'About' page if you aren't interested in club lore and history - which is contained in the weekly 'reports' anyway. All you really need to know is that you can become a member of this online magazine's live, free and real club by simply being at any of its meetings in Paris. To tell the truth, not joining is only fractionally easier than joining.

Why, Not, How, Who, When, Where, What?

The club's meetings begin - punctually, contrary to Paris 'exceptions' - in Paris about 15:00 on Thursdays and continue until 17:00, in Europe's ordinary Mythical Time Zone - which is really 'CET' for short and not 'MTZ' - and known elsewhere as 3 pm to 5 pm in some other areas of the globe, even though club meetings are usually only held in Paris part of it.

Bring your own 'Quote of the Week' or mention your hometown as a possible 'City of the Week,' or inventphoto: corona terrace any other 'Things of the Week.' True 'firsts' are always welcome too, with 'first' normally having preference over 'true.' The club secretary's own 'firsts' are not eligible, unless a member will agree to the attribution.

La Corona's Quai du Louvre terrace this afternoon.

'No-names' is an option you can also opt-in, or out of - for if you prefer to be 'not found' on the Internet, or 'in-out-opted.' 'No rules' have creased being an 'exception' or a 'rule' either anymore. There are some other 'exceptions,' but really, very small, insignificant, forgotten ones.

Whatever you say will be truly appreciated by the other members present, and there almost always are some, and if they are listening, which they do sometimes - and by all readers of this online magazine - if it should happen to be written here, as some of it is, sometimes.*

*The above paragraph has been unchanged since last week. I told you so, remember?

The café's location is:

Café-Tabac La Corona
2. Rue de l'Amiral de Coligny - or - 30. Quai du Louvre
Paris 1. Métro: Louvre-Rivoli, Pont-Neuf or Châtelet.
Every Thursday from 15:00 to 17:00.

A bientôt à Paris
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