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On the subject of quotes, here is one from Doug. "Float your fanny down the granny." I don't findphoto: cups, glasses, bottles out exactly what this means but it might have something to do with Port Hope if the rivers ever unfreeze there.

Then the members ask each other what sorts of eggs they've eaten - quail eggs, goose eggs, ostrich eggs. I swear - this is in the official notes even if I can't remember why.

A too-common photo of the usual empty containers of the week.

Doug is still adding details to his story about the minibus trip from Roissy. Stuck in an endless traffic jam, it took a shortcut through a corner gas station, but didn't slow down for a refreshment stop.

At the two-hour point in the endless journey from the airport the passengers were getting restless, so they forced the driver to pull in to a Holiday - Inn over his protests of 'you can't do that!' But they could and did.

About here, or a couple of paragraphs higher up, Stephen pulls out a brand-new cheque-book and asks all of us who have seen a French cheque-book before, how to fill it in. On the line where it says 'A payer,' I write Trente-neuf Swillioneuro 3 sign et 59 cts. Stephen asks me not to photograph it, and does not actually sign it.

So, at the meeting's official end at 17:00, the official notes are a mess, the traffic outside is as bad as ever, and the good news is that it is not raining.

After everybody promises to return next week or in six months or in 2007, I wander over to the Hôtel dephoto: book, orwell, down and out in paris Ville, where a 'Fête du Pain' is being held. I score some cheese and bread and in the second tent see the shiny pots that are prizes for the 'best croissant.'

Then I get into the métro station right there for free and ride home to Denfert, where it is not raining either.

The 'good lit' book of the week contains tips for survival in Paris - in the 1930s.

Ah - I have just re-remembered the 'Question of the Week.' Yes friends, folks, foreigners and club members - Paris is open. Just like in 1995 when it seemed to be almost closed at times, Paris is truly open even if last Tuesday's big transport and public-worker strike - held successfully by millions throughout France - has continued in Paris, sort of without any advance warnings.

Not only is Paris 'open' - as long as the métro is on strike, it is free. Where else can you get a better deal?

Finally, remember that free bread continues somewhere in the 18th arrondissement until Saturday, and the free circus begins - 'Le Train Capitale' - on the Champs-Elysées, on Saturday. Both are close enough to walk to.

Cool Invention of the Week II

The 'Call for Your Favorite Restaurants' subject used to be here. Instead of this, this club 'report' does not present new news from the inventive mind of the club's secretary, who has decided to keep the latest 'inventive' idea prompted by listening to club members, to himself, until it is patented and rubberstamped.

About the 'Café Metropole Club' About Page

Being a member of this club is nifty, I think. If you read the 'About the Café Metropole Club' pagephoto: tent, fete du pain it will tell you a bit about the club and how classy it is. Like about it being free and having neat members. If you require any other information, I suggest that you read the 'About the Club' page again.

Free bread today - free circus comes on Saturday.

Give this 'About' page a pass if needless details annoy you. You don't really need to know more than the one fact that you can become a lifetime member of this online magazine's live, free and real club by being at any one or more of its meetings in Paris, in person.

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

The club's meetings begin - contrary to Paris usual 'exceptions' - about 15:00 on Thursdays and continue until 17:00, in Europe's semi-silly-like Zone of Mythical Time - which is really 'CET' for short and not 'SSZMT' - and elsewhere known as 3 pm to 5 pm in rare inches-and-ounces areas of the planet, even though club meetings are nearly exclusively only held in the Paris part of it.

Bringing any 'Quote of the Week' or concocting any other 'Things of the Week' are not 'rules.' True 'firsts' are always welcome too, with 'first' scoring far higher than 'true.' The club secretary's own 'firsts' are ignored even if 'true.' This is a general rule of nature rather than a club ex-'rule' or informal 'exception.'

If you prefer to be 'not found' on the Internet, or 'out-in-opted,' please tell the club's secretary before hegraphic: club location map makes you famous. 'No rules' have ceased being an 'exception' or a 'rule' a long time ago. There are some other 'exceptions,' but really, hardly any.

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

*The above paragraph is unchanged since last week on account of the club's secretary having forgotten that this paragraph was, in fact, changed last week for no good reason.

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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