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Others might say that it extends through the garden of the Tuileries to the east wing of the Louvre in the Cour Napoléon. If you stand by this wing you can see the close–up Pyramid, slightly off the axis, the Obélisque and the Arc way off in the distance. It is in fact a geographical unit, actually extending beyond the Arc, but the Champs–Elysées part is a piece of its own, and thephoto, citroen ds, champs elysees Tuileries gardens another. For a straight–line walk it has to be one of the best and it's hard to think of anywhere else that matches it. Of course, a sunny Sunday in October makes it better.

Here is... the Champs–Elysées... in 1960.

And I was right. Swimming along with the Sunday drivers were these shark–like cars, the dreamlike Citroën DS. Fifty years later, coming into the avenue at Clemenceau past the Grand Palais where they were first shown to an astonished driving public. Now doing the rounds of the Champs–Elysées in the sunshine with the windows open, like God in France on his day off.

The Latest Café Metropole Club 'Report'

The most recent Thursday 'Club Meeting of the Week' was headlined as the 'This Club Is In VO' for the very good reason of a member's discovery that 'VO' often means 'in the English language'photo, tuileries pool, obelisk when it comes to videos and movies. As for why, it could be an obvious aid for understanding what they are about. The club itself is mostly in 'VO' but not always.

And here is Paris – sans voitures.

The next Thursday meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on a Thursday, as boring as this might seem. The Saint's 'Day of the Week' will be Saint–Géraud. This saint du mois may have been the Count of Aurillac, who is fondly remembered for treating his serfs with compassion, often liberating them. This was a rare thing to do back when Géraud died, in 909, only 1094 years ago.

Two interesting facts about the club can be found on the 'About the Club' page if you know how to read fine print. The other facts are not so interesting. The skilled design of the club membership card looks about as much like brown fish wrap as a telegram, if you have ever seen one. Guaranteed hors d'âge, the club membership itself is so priceless you would hardly want to trade it for 500 eBay preferred shares.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago

Issue 9.41/42 – 4/11. Oct. 2004 – another double weeks' Café Life column had 'For the Love of Speed and Two Storms In One Teapot' for a subject. The Café column was headlined, 'No Smoking Paris, Sooner than Never.' The Au Bistro column contained 'Perrier Flat, and Holdup of the Week.' Nuit Blanche was taken care of with 'A Million Cafés.' The Scène column was back with 'Napoléon Who? Hero of the Fall Season,' and Photo Scène featured 'Photographed Photography.' The update for the 7. October meeting of the Café Metropole Club was scientific for once with the 'Extra– terrestrial Intelligence!' report. A weekphoto, sign, avenue des champs elysees later on 14. October the report was titled '5th Year Ends, Club's 6th Year Begins!' There were six priceless 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's weekly cartoon was chilly with the cool caption of, "Nuit Blanche is not a fête!"

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago

Issue 8.41 – 6. Oct 2003 – this week's Café Metropole column I was a bit dubious with, 'Johnny's Amnésia.' Café Life had, 'Matt's Mail–Art, Christophe and Bertrand's 'Nuit Blanche.' The 'Feature of the Week' was an Email headlined 'Another French Exception?' – from the Météo guy, Jim Auman. There seems to have been no dismal repeat of any Scène columns, like what I think I'm doing here, now. The report for the Café Metropole Club meeting on 9. October came out as the 'Ozone Dosen't Help' report. There were four pages of edgy 'Posters of the Week' and Ric's Cartoon of the Week mentioned soft news of no importance with the caption of, "Because It's... Warm!" Have I read this before?

On His Birthday?

For the 30th time almost in a row, this is not about some musty old saint, but instead is a tasty 'Quote of the Week.' Niels Bohr, who might have had a birthday a few days ago, once said, "The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth." Next week right here, as a special feature, the 'Birthday Message' will be both profound and in Italian.photo, sign, air vent

If the Past Is Any Indication

Today marks the date in 1789 when Talleyrand, who happened to be the Bishop of Autun, had his modest proposition accepted by the Constitutional Assembly. They decided to nationalize the property of the Catholic church, mainly in order to raise a lot of money fast for a realm that was broke. In return the church got assurances that the state would pay priests' salaries, which were a mere pittance.

Slightly Landlocked Patapsphysics

It was on this date in 43 BC that Lyon was founded by Lucius Munatius Plancus, one of Caesar's lieutenants. The colony was established on a hill named Lugdunum so the Romans called it Colonia Copia Lugdunum, after Copia. The colony was set up as a refuge for Romans fleeing the Allobroges who chased them out of Vienna, I think. This town became the administrative capital of the three Gauls, Lyonnaise, Aquitaine and Belge, and in every August a big party was held there for 60 Gallic tribes until about 400 years later. One chief, Copium, said afterwards, "It was great while it lasted."

Faits Divers II

In 732 Charles Martel, of the Franks, along with his merry band of jolly fellows, had a big fight with a bunch of Moors, who were led by Abd ar Rahman, the governor of Cordoba. The Moors were defeated at the Battle of Tours so they returned to Spain where they built a lot of very magnificent palaces and sublime mosques and lived happily ever after for the next 700 years. It was on this day in 1913 that the Panama Canal's final obstacle was blown out of the way with a huge amount of dynamite, and this is remembered in France because Ferdinand de Lesseps started the whole thing. For some unknown reason, because of thephoto, sign, metro shoddy implementation of the Georgian calendar, there is no this day this year in Italy, Portugal, Poland and Spain. Everybody concerned is asked to try again tomorrow.

Fantastic 'Forgotten Dates of the Week'

There are only 82 days left of this year, which means this year has nearly reached less than 80 shopping days left. This is exactly the same number of 'days left,' as at this time in the year 1927 when Jean Mermoz and Elisée Négrin flew non–stop from Toulouse to Senegal in less than 24 hours, before flying back. This is completely unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 283 days, the same number that 1971 had when the London Bridge reopened in Arizona after being sold, dismantled and shipped from the Thames River to Lake Havasu City where local conmen try to sell it back to British tourists.
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