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Some few shreds of the architecture are still with us. The butcher shop, after standing empty for a fairphoto: daguerreotypistas waiting for daguerreotypes film time, has been restored and repainted - but not red - and recently reopened as a trendy trinket shop. I guess slightly more than 100-metres were in the film, because Paris Accordéon is included, along with the boulangerie on the Rue Fermat corner.

Trio of Daguerréotypistas getting some cash together to see the movie.

Many of the film's personages introduced themselves. Most had come to Paris from 'the province' and they still had the accents to match. One had been in the Rue Daguerre from 1926 until the making of the film.

For a finale, everybody got dressed up for a gala evening at the Bistro 48. The main attraction was a magician, with black shoe-polished hair, who did most tricks in the book plus some extra ones. I forget how many knives he stuck in the box with his assistant's head inside it - more than a couple dozen.

After the film was over we went to the café Rendez-Vous on the corner and Dimitri showed off the four 78 rpm records he had found in the morning, at the marché des puces at Vanves.

Metropole's 'Partners'

Metropole's .COM area is handily gathered on the relatively sleepy 'Partner' page. Check out this page every week, if for no other reason than the 'Photo of the Week,' which it will only be on view for one week.

Metropole's long-time affiliates are on this page too. The Café Metropole sparkling wine also has its spot 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.

Metropole's 'mailto:' Change

The still new email address for 'Ric,' 'Ed,' and the Café Metropole Club's secretary continues to be ericksonr@wanadoo.fr. Please note it is your address book, so I don't have to run this change-of-address text ever week for the next seven years.

Café Metropole Club 'Reports'

Click this link to have a look at last week's 'Cold In Bogota Not Good Enough for 'City of the Week' clubphoto: jouets en bois, halloween 'report.' There was a middling turnout of members - but it wasn't until somewhat later that I realized all were Paris residents - making the meeting another 'first.' Of a sort, as many are.

Halloween is supposedly losing popularity in France, in some places.

Minor details concerning the club can all be found grouped on the 'About the Club' page, because there are no more than a few even if there is room for many. The virtual club membership card on this page is always available for free, so long as you print your own. The card is valid worldwide even while you sleep.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 30. October. The Saint's Day of the Week will be Sainte-Bienvenue. Whoever this saint may have been, she does not seem to be related to Fulgence Bienvenüe, the engineer who was the father of the 'métropolitain de Paris.' By the time this day arrives, the club's secretary will be happy to see it.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 7.44 - 28. Oct 2002 - This issue's Café Metropole column headline was 'Brief Heaven for Ducks.' Metropole's wine was featured again with 'Moonbeam and the Slug' - Wine Lore from 'The Shed.' Other than this, this slim issue had only the club's update on 31. October with the 'New 'Food of the Week' First' report, instead of anythingphoto: sign, rue niepce about Halloween. There were four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon was captioned, "Bring Your Sister!" Oh?

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 6.44 - 29. Oct 2001 - This issue began as usual with the Café Metropole column's unusual 'Indian Summer' Is Still Here.' The 'Au Bistro' column's headline asked, 'Are You Ready for Canned Pastis?' The week's feature was titled, 'A Perfect Season for a Long Tour.' This week it feels like it was in the 'good old days.' The update for the Café Metropole Club's meeting on 1. November was titled the 'Change of Scene' report. The Scene column was back with 'Two Big 19th C Exhibitions.' There were the usual four new 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's 'Cartoon of the Week' was captioned, "It's Trick or Treat Time!"

The Sub-basement of the Countdowns

For the regular version of this wildly popular feature, turn to last week's Café page, and subtract seven days from all numbers except the dates.

The number of days left this year is 65 - now a lot less than last week. Sooner than we expect we'll be thinking about standing elbow to elbow in front of cheerily freezing department store windows gaily illuminated for Christmas. Instead, I suppose we'll decide against braving the chill.

The Quai François Mitterrand

Yesterday, on the anniversary of the birth of the late Président, a section of the Quai du Louvre - and possibly the Quai des Tuileries - was formally renamed the 'Quai François Mitterrand.' The report in today's Le Parisien isn't too precise, mentioning, "Une portion du Quai du Louvre qui longe le musée national." In fact, the Louvre overlaps the two quays.

In addition to the family of François Mitterrand, many long-time political comrades and other personalities attended the ceremony, with Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoë giving the main speech. Incredibly, this was interrupted by Front National sympathizers shouting slogans. Five were detained by police.

The morning ceremony lasted just over a hour, with a small number of Parisian spectators, and TV-news crews standing by. The plaque was unveiled. There was some emotion, but one of the participants noted that it was, otherwise, 'cold as a duck.'
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