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So we went over to the Rue Sivel and looked through an iron grill gate at what we could see of some garages that he thought were hiding his new apartment and atelier. Dimitri is in the same position as I was last summer. But he has to find two places to replace what he has, and one has to be a place where he can do serious work, like gilding 18th century picture frames.

He has all of the Rue Daguerre helping him with the search. The main problem is that the bourgeoisie are all looking for 'chic' ateliers in courtyards so they can pretend to be plain working folks, and walk around the quartier sockless. The other main problem is that only this same bourgeoisie can afford the sky-high rents landlords in the know are charging.

Dimitri is therefore, looking for a wreck, a slum. The places he now has look like they've been lifted right out of some museum of the 1920s. He wants a place in a shape so bad no bourgeoise could imagine living in it.

These are not so easy to find. Yet all around here, there are little villages hidden behind the imposing facades on the streets. But all the doors are locked with codes, and gardiens or concierges are more and more rare - if you can even get close to them.

Also it was Sunday, and if he did spot something, maybe hear a tip, we were only looking. We went over to the Rue Boulard to look at one corner house that has three street signs on it. We also noticed that one of the fake plaques had been removed - 'Nothing Happened Here On 17 septembre 1953.'

Dimitri was hungry but I talked him into walking down the Avenue du Maine to look for this week's Morris column. Although only a few blocks, this took 45 minutes or a hour because even where we live, there are new things to see all the time.

In the end, hunger and a lack of sunlight brought the excursion to an end at the Rue Cels. After three hours there was nothing left to drag out. Dimitri turned west and I went north, back to Henri IV and the 16th century.

Metropole's 'Partners'

Metropole now has some commercial offers for you, all handily gathered on the relatively new 'Partner' page. Occasionally this page will feature exclusive offers, only available to Metropole readers. Check out this page every week, because I often park the 'Photo of the Week' on it, and it will only be on view for one week.

Metropole's long-time affiliates are on this page too. The Café Metropole wine is also on it, with a link to its own permanent About Wine page. Both pages can be accessed from the blurbs on the left, and sometimes right-hand columns, on many pages.

The Café Metropole Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine can now be ordered online directly from the Moonlight Web site. This is thanks to Allan Pangborn, its maker, Metropole reader and Cafe Metropole Club member.

Metropole's 'mailto:' Change

If you haven't already, please read the following, again, with great care. The new email address for 'Ric,' 'Ed,' and the Café Metropole Club's secretary is henceforth ericksonr@wanadoo.fr. It may not be snappy, but most of the time all you need to do is click it wherever you see my name, and a ready-to-go email form pops up.

Café Metropole Club 'Reports'

Click this link slightly lightly to have a look at last week's '200th Meeting!' club 'report.' Therephoto: bouquiniste painter was a good turnout, mainly because last Thursday was the last day sort of like summer in Paris, and it was the club's 200th meeting.

A couple of other unimportant details concerning the club can be found tidily grouped on the all-inclusive 'About the Club' page, because there aren't more than a couple. The virtual club membership card on this page continues to be available for free.

Bouquiniste prepares to paint his box full of books.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 4. September. The Saint's Day of the Week will be Sainte-Rosalie. This saint was born in the 12th century in Santo Stefano Quisquina in Sicily, and is the patron saint of Palermo. In contrast, the Rue du Quatre-Septembre in Paris was originally named 'Dix-Decembre' until 1870, when it was re-named after the date of the proclamation of the 3rd République, which was in 1848.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 7.36 - 2. Sept 2002 - This issue's Café Metropole column was headlined, 'Resigned From Weather.' The 'Au Bistro' column's title was 'Amélie's Café Changes Hands.' The feature of the week was absent for several unexplained reasons. The Café Metropole Club update for this issue on 5. September had the 'Illegal Parking Is Back' report. Sincephoto: sign, decor doorway it was September, the Scene column merely repeated, with 'Issue 7.34's 'Coming Ultra Soon.' There were four brand new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon wondered, "Still Here!?!"

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 6.36 - 3. Sept 2001 - This issue started with the Café Metropole column's 'My Holiday Postcard.' The 'Au Bistro' column title was, 'Paris Buses Get Own Way.' Then the weekly feature was titled, 'Looking for Clichy, Imagining Batignolles.' The 'Scene' column was titled, 'Are You Ready For the Rentrée?' The update for the Café Metropole Club's meeting on 6. September was called the 'Firsts Overload' report. There were four terrific new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's 'Cartoon of the Week' was captioned, 'Postcard from Dimitri.'

Only for Serious Countdown Fans

This week's date to remember was exactly 64 years ago today. But it is not really worth rememberingphoto: sign, rue liancourt because it merely heralded in the third horrible act of a tradegy set in motion by the insane and unbridled nationalism of the 19th century.

We still have the 'count-down' provided by Jim Auman, who noted that Saturday, 11. October marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Edith Piaf. The date to remember is 41 days from today.

The number of days left this year is 121. This all there are until 2004! In no time at all we'll be standing up to our elbows in snow on the Champ de Mars, with the mistaken desire for a New Years' Eve fireworks show. Fat chance! There never are any fireworks on New Years' Eve at the Tour Eiffel. Besides, Brussels says France can't afford them this year.
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