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This in turn reminded me of news reports here, about the recent opening of a new facility out at the air museum at Le Bourget, to show off their WWII aircraft collection. It is probably a smaller collection than in Washington, and they don't have Stalin's personal Yak, but there is a mint B–26 – only flown in one war.

But what we mainly discussed was the museum business, and how there's a constant conflict between the curators who think museums are showcases for learning, and the managements who often think museums are supposed to be profit centres. The curators are against 'Disneylandasion,' if that's a word.

This sounds very serious for a club meeting but I welcomed the change from freeze–dried ice cream. When my café came I hauled out the camera for the 'café of the week' shot but forget that I hadn't used it since Sunday, when it was sunny. I pressed the shutter and it went clip–clop rather slowly, set as it was on f–8. As dim in the café as it was I think I saw the speed indicated as four. If this photo hadn't become lost it might have been the best 'blurry photo of the week.'

After a lot more museum talk, with slight excursions through the tastes and smells of Italian trattorias, it became 17:20 and we went out on the café's terrace where I took some fine photos – now tuned to more useful settings – but you'll have to take my word for it.

And that was that. If I ever get to DC I'll look up Lee and and take a short tour of the Mall to see the highlights. Then we parted, and on the Pont des Arts I was just in time for the opening of a photo exhibition by Francis Gazeau that lines both sides of the footbridge between the Louvre and the Institut de France. This show continues until Friday, 30. June, 24 hours a day, and is free, outside, under the sky. As free as entry into the Smithsonian.

About the Café Metropole Club

Highly incredible, but every word true in this club meeting 'report,' especially about the lost photos. You may help yourself to a look at the explanation about what's going on, on the 'About the Café Metropole Club' page, for its few morsels of wisdom, frites, sentences, garlic, graphics, exhaust and fishhooks.

graphic: club location map

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

Club meetings, as these stunning events are called, begin at 15:00 every Thursday and continue until 17:00. These clock times, hammered in tin, are equivalent to 3 pm to 5 pm. Around somewhere else is not where some attentive sympathetic ears. 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 rare 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' waltzing in one of these musicalish club reports.

*The above paragraphs are relatively unchanged since last week because of my new wonderful system, which with a stupendous 'first' of major proportions, lost this week's club 'photos of the week' and of the Pont des Arts and of the motorcycle repairs going on in the rue Daguerre.

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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