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But, he says, he found regular ticket only cost 9euro 3 sign, to see the 'Legends of Tennis' playing, and not on strike.

Less than vinyl-shirt weather and tennis attract Doug to Paris.

Doug has also been up to the Boulevard Haussmann to see what Galeries Lafayette is doing to its Marks & Spencer store which it took over when it closed in 2001. Doug can't survive in Paris without Marks & Spencer's prepared Indian dishes, even though he's an old hand here.

At this point, Katherine Norenius joins the club and today's meeting. She originally comes from Shicoutimi, Québec so it becomes the 'City of the Week,' even if she lives in Montréal now.

This is Katherine's first trip to Europe and Paris. She intends to stay for four weeks in order to see and photograph everything, including lots of the rest of France. Doug tells her about seeing 88 museums in Paris in the '90s, but says he didn't do it in four weeks.

Katherine has already noticed that Paris drivers aren't allowed to turn right at red lights unlike in Québec, but like in Montréal. She has also seen a rescue drama unfold on the Seine - in slow motion, possibly because the rescuers arrived on the scene a bit too late.

Meanwhile, Farris is concerned about getting an apartment that isn't up four flights of stairs. He thinks nobody would ever walk up that many flights to visit, plus the effort involved with getting a six-pack of water up there.

Doug's story in this line is looking for an apartment with two bathrooms, and having to settle for two bathrooms without any toilets, but with one separate toilet. This turned out to be more practical than many would think.

Katherine, who is visiting everything, wants to know our favorite places in Paris. One by one, we each suggest that the Luxembourg garden is it. We agree it isn't perfect, but it's the nearest thing to it.

Katherine also bought a three-day museum pass, but found that some museums that are on strikephoto: katherine norenius these days are partially open - for free. I ran into this situation at the Musée d'Orsay yesterday. I got in to see the 'Daguerréotype' exhibition gratis.

Reaction of Katherine to being sandwiched between photo paragraphs.

This was so good that I later forked out four euros to see the new Henri Cartier-Bresson Fondation exhibition, that opened recently at 2. Impasse Lebouis in the 14th arrondissement.

We have taken the 'Group Photo of the Week' early so that Doug can go and see some more of yesterday's stars playing tennis. The meeting still goes on past five without more new members turning up.

Katherine goes off to see more sights that I haven't yet seen in 25 years, and Farris and I walk over to the métro on Rivoli. The line one is on strike so we keep our unused tickets, but have to squeeze ourselves into wagons full of oily sardines when the train comes.

I ride one stop to Châtelet, and get another chance to squeeze myself into a line four wagon, also full of oily sardines. Surfacing at Denfert, the air is almost sweet, and is definitely cooler.

The 'Hat Story of the Week'

There isn't any kind of a 'Hat Story of the Week' this week, so this club meeting 'report' doesn't have it.

About the 'Café Metropole Club' About Page

Being a member of this club is pretty stressless, despite all the talk about high floors. If you care tophoto: club table stuff read the 'About the Café Metropole Club' page it will tell you a bit about the club and how informal it pretends to be. Being free and having jazzmen as cool members are its other plus-points. If you require more information, I suggest that you read and memorize the 'About the Club' page at least once.

One of the frequent 'report' filler-photo photos.

But you can give this 'About' page a pass if its needless details are bothersome. Knowing 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, is next-to-useless.

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

Club meetings begin - contrary to Paris usual 'exceptions' - about 15:00 on Thursdays and continue until 17:00, in Europe's only Zone of Cool Jazz Time - which is really 'CET' for short and not 'ZCJT' - and elsewhere known as 3 pm to 5 pm in politically uncool areas of the planet, even though club meetings are nearly exclusively only held in the Paris part of it.

Bringing a 'Quote of the Week' or concocting any other 'Things of the Week' are not 'rules' to be obeyed. True 'firsts' are more than welcome too, with 'first' scoring far higher than 'true' if they are untrue. This is a general rule rather than a club ex-'rule' or informal 'exception.'

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

Talking at meetings is okay. Whatever you say will be honestly appreciated by the other members present if they are listening, which they really do sometimes - even when eating or drinking - 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 is unchanged since last week on account of some of the mindless filler words being hacked out of this 'report' rather than being left in week after freaking week as they usually are.

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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