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But most people in France – if we disregard those unknown people who answer poll questions – think the whole thing is merely another election ploy, a bit of early spice for the upcoming presidential election next spring.

Oddly, with le corbeau spilling his guts all over Le Parisien today, both Dominique de Villepin and Nicolas Sarkozy chose this very day to be visiting French dots on the map in the Indian Ocean. Most likely knowing of these excursions in advance, le corbeau chose Tuesday and Wednesday to talk to Le Parisien in the Luxembourg garden, a favorite local treff for quiet conversations.

And then, as there were no members available to pose for the 'group photo of the week' the club's secretary set himself up for the snapshot, rolled up the club's gear, and left the clubhouse for the joys of the Pont des Arts and the Quartier Latin.

Saturday Night's the Big Day

A year goes by so quickly and here we are again, about to have another Nuits des Musées on Saturday, 20. May. This event will see 1600 locations open throughout Europe and France for the sole delight of night–time art fans. First–time countries this year are Austria, Hungary, Iceland, Cyprus, Finland, Estonia and Turkey. This will be one of Europe's bigger Saturday night freebies so don't pass it up.

The following city museums will be open with free entry on Saturday, from 18:00 until 23:00 or midnight:– Musée d'Art Moderne, Musée Bourdelle, Musée Carnavalet, Musée Cernuschi, Musée Galliera with 'Showtimes' at 21:00, 22:00 and 23:00, the Petit Palais and its garden, and the Maison de Victor Hugo until 21:45.

Monet Fans In Heaven

Ten years of moaning ended on Wednesday when the National Museum of the Orangerie reopened its doors – for five days of free entry – including on the Nuits des Musées. This museum is France's home of Impressionism, in the house rebuilt for Monet's Les Nymphéas. Normally open at 9:00 for reserved visits, and from 12:30 without, the museum is open until 19:00, and until 21:00 on Friday. Except Tuesday, open daily. On Sunday following the Nuits des Musées the doors open at 12:30. Be early.

5 Weeks of Serious Shopping

For serious shoppers, albeit those who prefer waiting for the last minute for this summer's fashions, the Soldes d'Eté begin on Wednesday, 28. June., and the sales continue until Saturday, 5. August, for a total of five weeks and a couple of bonus days.

Da Vinci Quizzes Online

photo, doing anything to get in a photo Secretary trying to be in the photo again.

Club member David Pitt was reading recent club reports and noticed that Yoko was reading 'The Da Vinci Code,' in anticipation of the movie based on the book; The ballyhoo is at an end even if the Cannes Film Festival continues.

For some weeks now David's Tricolors Web site has had a daily quiz located in a section called 'Common Denominator.' This will continue throughout May and June. For other 'Da Vinci Code' lore take a look at David's 'Cowboy In Paris' pages. You can out your knowledge on trial now or wait for the French version from Orange, to be online soon.

About the Café Metropole Club

Faintly credible, but if this nothing of a club meeting 'report' leaves you thirsty, take yourself for a look at the true story on the 'About the Café Metropole Club' page, for its many titles, headline, titles, sentences, paragraphs, graphics and photos, some in color.

When, What, Who, Why, Where, How?

Club meetings as these events are called begin at 15:00 every Thursday and continue until 17:00. These times, chiseled in granite, are equivalent to 3 pm to 5 pm. Around somewhere else is not where the next meeting will be.

graphic: club location map

Take off some time, kick off your sandals and waste a whole meeting with other club members pretty much like yourself. True 'firsts' are welcome and real stories will get a sympathetic hearing. Other stories will depend on your skill. Whatever you say will be truly appreciated by the other members present if there are any listening, and sometimes there are but not always – and if it should by true chance be written here.*

Caution – should you have the personal mission of remaining unfindable via the Web, be sure to inform the club's secretary that you prefer to be '404 – not found' by Web search engines before becoming 'found' tangoing in one of these musical club reports.

The 'ex–rules' that the club once had are still 'ex.' Talking to other club members during meetings is perfectly fine rather than otherwise. There are always some empty chairs, so sit. Lounging is fine too. Attend as many free club meetings as you are free to.

*The above paragraphs are relatively unchanged since last week because of the temporary discontinuation of member attendance possibly due to the number and intensity of emergency sirens regularly blasting away outside the club's café

The café's location is:

Café–Tabac La Corona
2. Rue de l'Amiral de Coligny – or – 30. Quai du Louvre
Paris 1. Métro: Louvre–Rivoli, Pont–Neuf or Châtelet.
Every Thursday, from 15:00 to 17:00.

A bientôt à Paris
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