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Bastille Day Parade – this always takes place on the whole Champs–Elysées, from Etoile to the Place de la Concorde. The parade begins at 10:00 and will last until about 11:30. This is a rain or shine affair, so be prepared. To be on Thursday, 14. July. The official viewing stand is usually set up at the Place de la Concorde. Paris 8. Métros – count on the Métro stops at Etoile, George V,photo, montparnasse Franklin Roosevelt, Clemenceau and Concorde being closed. Plan to arrive by foot or from the next nearest ones. This is also the day that Paris plays host to the military, so buy that sailor or soldier a drink!

Fireworks – fans will have their night on Thursday, 14. July, beginning about 22:30. The rockets will be fired off from the Trocadéro's gardens, so the best place to be is across the Seine on the Champ de Mars, with possibly 350,000 other Fête Nationale fans. Another good viewpoint is the Pont de Bir Hakeim, for early arrivals. The show usually lasts about 40 minutes. Paris 7. Métros – Alma–Marceau, Ecole Militaire, Bir Hakeim or La Motte–Picquet–Grenelle – also the RER 'C' line stops of Pont de l'Alma and Champ de Mars.

Soldes d'Ete Now – The summer sales continue until about Saturday, 23. July or maybe longer, but not for ever.

The Latest Café Metropole Club 'Report'

Last Thursday's club meeting report headline was based entirely on the names of the cities 'Tijuana! and Ballarat!.' As this was a rare club 'first' of a 'Double–city of the Week,' it had absolutely nothing to do with fishing. Nothing at the meeting had anything to do with fishing. There weren't any birds either.

The weekly Thursday meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be this coming Thursday again, as regular as a metronome, even on Bastille Day. The Saint's 'Day of the Week' will be Saint–Camille. This 'Saint of the Week,' full name Camille de Lellis, is famous for being the patron saint of nurses.

Somewhat more solid notions about the club can be found on the 'About the Club' page should you happen to glance towards it. The cunning design of the club membership card on the page looks as slick as a membership card as any fish–and–chip wrapper, but it isn't. Absolutely free of charge, the club membership itself is pretty virtual without actually being anything pricey.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 9.29 – 12. July 2004 – this week's Café Metropole' featured the astounding 'I Am Not a Duck,' but what then? The Au Bistro column's headline was first 'Fête,' then 'Celebrate 215 Years of Révolution.' The Scène columns were two repeats again. The update for the 15. July meeting of the Café Metropole Club was called the 'Only On Thursday' report. There were four stockphoto, sign, rue ducouedic boring 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's weekly cartoon was direct from a government department with the caption, "Good enough!"

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 8.29 – 14. July 2003 – this issue's Café Metropole column was extra slick with, 'In the Tropics.' The Au Bistro column shorted local news in favor of 'A New Six–Word 'News' report,' for a change of pace. The 'Feature of the Week' was titled 'A Bastille Day with No Score.' There were cheap links to old Scène columns rather than to expensive new stuff. The report for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 17. July was headlined by the inept secretary as the 'Coincidental Meeting' report. There were four barely fantastic 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week was more sporty than a week earlier, with "You're too heavy!"

Another Comedy Moment

For the 19th time almost in a row, this is not about some musty old saint, but instead is almost aphoto, figure, rooster accordion 'Quote of the Week.' Bill Cosby, possibly reciting from a TV script but not certain, said, "I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody." That's the trouble with success – nobody knows where the key is.

If the Present Is Any Indication

The first Bastille Day was celebrated in 1790 on the Champ de Mars by 260,000 party folks. However it was called the 'Fête de la Fédération' because the king and queen were there, and so was General de La Fayette, and it was the pacific nature of the Révolution that was being honored along with respect for individual rights. Nearly a century later it was renamed as the 'Fête nationale de la République française.'

A Tale of Two Cities

Today is the anniversary of the publication of the novel by Charles Dickens, about London and Paris. According to legend it is a somewhat soppy story, but has one of the most famous beginnings, with –It was the best of times. It was the worst of times," in the opening passage. Then, after a lot of words, it ends with the equally famous, "It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known."

Advanced Patapsphysics

It was on this date in 1895 that the Lumière brothers showed a movie to some scientists. The only thing remarkable about this was that they had to shoot the film first, but before that they had to invent the movie camera and film for it. It doesn't say where they got the film but they patented the camera, an early model 'cinématographe,' in 1894, Thenphoto, snack, waffles, churros they got some film from some place and shot 'La sortie des usines Lumière' on 19. March 1895. This movie was the hit of the Christmas season that year when it was seen by paying customers at the Grande Café.

Other, 'Curious Dates of the Week'

There are only 173 days left of this year, which means this year is more than half over. This is exactly the same number of 'days left,' as at this time in the year 1848 when Waterloo station was opened in London. This is completely unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 192 days, the same number that 1919 had when the Netherlands introduced the eight–hour work day with free Sundays every week.
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