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Italian Week Only Has 5 Days

The Salon des Italies opens today at the Mairie of the 13th arrondissement, which is at the Place d'Italie. Then on Tuesdayphoto, restaurants, place dauphine at 18:00 the area of Jeanne d'Arc will receive the name of 'Little Italy.' There will also be a parade of ultra–rare Fiat 500s. Noon on Wednesday is the time for naming Paris streets after Else Morante and Primo Levi, and at 18:00 there will be a vernissage for the exhibitions 'Viaggi in Italia' and 'Mete di Leopardi.' This continues on Thursday with more book signatures at the Mairie at 19:00 and Italian films at the Gaumont cinema at 21:00. The week ends with a concert on Friday at 20:30 in the chapel of the Hôpital Pitié–Salpêtrière. Check the Web site of the Mairie for detailed details.

Annual Open House

Each year France stages an 'open house' weekend to show off its treasures, some of which are not normally open to the public. This year the dates are 18–19. September. But the mostly free event is popular, lines can be long, and some locations require reservations. For a list of all the 'open doors' try the Journées du Patrimoine Web site. Find details on the right side of the screen. Beginning today, reservations can also be made at the Kiosque d'Information located in the garden of the Palais&ndash,Royal. For just one example, the Métro's operator, the RATP, has a program involving about two dozen events or sites, including rides on the 'Sprague' Métro trains.

Headline of the Week

"Vaincre les Féroé..." was on Le Parisien's front page last Wednesday. The Frenchphoto, pont des arts national football team has resumed the cycle of qualifying for the next World Cup, by first losing to the Swiss. To be credible with fans at home, the French had to beat the Faeroe Islanders – who have so little grass that they play their home games offshore.

The Pont des Arts.

The Faeroes' national team aren't even full–time footballers and their greatest victory was in 1995 when they swamped San Marino 3–0. Two goals scored in the last Euro scared the dickens out of the Scots. Alas, the French 'Bleus' managed to prevail, with two goals to zero. Le Parisien called it 'service minimum.' The Faeroe Islands are located between Shetland and Iceland, about where you probably thought there was nothing but waves.

The Latest Café Metropole Club 'Report'

Even though September is proceeding at a good clip you can find the latest 'Bongo 253' report still online. Several members, including Tomoko just back from Osaka, turned up for a quiet two hours in the club's café which gave the club's secretary ample material for a club report with more than nothing in it.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on Thursday, 16. September. The Saint's Day of the Week will be Sainte–Edith. She was the daughter of Edgar the Pacific, who was the King of the Angles – who were later joined to the Saxons, by the French. Edith helped her mom in the Wilton monastery until her death in 864, at the age of 23. For the curious, it was about 1140 years ago.

Slightly more minor facts about the club can be found on the 'About the Club' page. The grotty graphic of the virtual club membership card on this page looks four times better online than printed, but is free. The club membership itself is free too, even if it's valuable.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 8.38 – 15. Sept 2003 – the Café Metropole column's title was 'The Giant Sunball & Techno Über Alles.' The issue's 'Au Bistro' column headline was 'Hot Issues – Three Old, One New, One Forever.' Laurel Avery's 'Paris Life' column was titled 'Eclairs and Existentialism.' The Café Metropole Club update for 18. September was called, the 'Wanted' Poster' report.photo, sign, quai du marche neuf There were four 'Posters of the Week' and the caption of Ric's cartoon of the week was "Why? Why? Why?"

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 7.38 – 16. Sept 2002 – The title for the Café Metropole column was 'Techno BOOM Techno BOOM!' The headline for the 'Au Bistro' column was 'France Télécom Sees Red.' The week's feature was headlined 'With a Little Help from the Agency Ladies.' The Scène column repeated 'Try and Take a Pick.' The Café Metropole Club update for 19. September had the 'The 'Flat Stanley' Major 'First' report. There were four Paris type 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned, "Abandoning the Bench?"

The Unrequested Return of the 'Countdowns'

Next month marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Frédéric– August Bartholdi, the designer of the Stature of Liberty. His departure occurred on Tuesday, 4. October, when he was 70. This anniversary is 22 days from now, on a Monday.

We can also be 'counting–down' to the 150th anniversary of the birth on a Friday of Jean–Nicolas–Arthur Rimbaud. He was a major literary dude, and his anniversary is on Wednesday, 20. October, only 38 days from now.

Napoléon convinced some close friends to vote in favor of inventing the title of 'Emperor' for himself on Thursday, 3. May 1804. The Senat willingly passed the measure, as a civic gesture. A plebiscite was then held and 2569 careless Frenchmen votedphoto, portals notre dame against it. The coronation happened anyway on Sunday, 2. December and the 200th anniversary of this significant event is 81 days from now.

The entry to Notre Dame.

The anniversary of the first helicopter flight comes up in 62 days, on Saturday, 13. November. In 1906, near Lisieux, Paul Cornu managed to rise straight up, 1.5 metres off the ground. However the actual word 'helicopter' was invented much earlier in 1861, by Viscount Ponton d'Amécourt, who was thinking of Leonardo and Greek roots.

Today's Classic 'Anniversary of the Week'

There are only 109 days left of this year. This is exactly the same number of 'days left,' as at this time in 490 BC, when the Athenians unforgettably thrashed the Persians at Marathon. This is totally unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 257 days, the same number that 522 BC had when Persian 'King–of–Kings' Darius had some serious problems, which encouraged the Greeks in Asia Minor to cause trouble and the Athenians to come and burn down Sardis, capital of the Lydian Empire.
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