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photo, traffic of the week Not classic terrace of the week.

Fenny and Albert are intrepid voyagers. About four months ago they arrived in Frankfurt with their bicycles. Once on the ground they hopped on them and rode all over – down the Danube, all around Vienna, through Germany, here and there in Alsace and into Holland where it's flat, to where Fanny was born, in Assen, which is in the north east as well as being the City of the Week, and is known as the Cathedral of Motorcycle Racing.

They brought their own bikes because last time here they found used bikes too expensive. They say that there are 10,000 kms of bike paths in Germany, some of which are long–distance radfernwegen. Fenny says riding for weeks is not hard if you are used to it. They did have a pause in Alsace though. They hint there is more to come.

After all the bike talk I take another stab at finding out about downtown Sydney. We all know what the Opera looks like, but how about Sydney's Broadway?

Albert, who was born in Sydney, says that the name derives from a contraction of Saint–Denis which was brought to Britain by the Normans, in, oh, 1066. For some reason it reminds me of the actor Sydney Greenstreet, who caused Bogy so much trouble in the Maltese Falcon.

But that's not all. "Sydney has five Chinatowns," Albert says. This is more than New York or Paris together. But it's perfectly good as a new member's Quote of the Week if I do say so.

photo, red cow of the weekThe only red cow of the week.

In spite of the late start Fenny and Albert pick up the club lore I stew around like hazel dust. The Waiter of the Week goes by carrying a tray loaded like the Oktoberfest is happening on the terrace and five minutes later he's on another trip with another full tray. It must be a convention of dehydrates.

Once we have today's Group Photo of the Week in the bag or etched on the memory card we pack up our belongings and wave the café adios. The only thing left to do is capture the Cow of the Week in the Rue de l'Echaude. No doubt on view for the monthly art market in the Rue de Seine.

About the Café Metropole Club

Believe it or not but this is a true club meeting 'report' representing a large fraction of the actual events. Toss a peep at the equally authentic story of what could have been going on here, to be found on the About the Café Metropole Club page, containing its tedious and chunky bits of garlic dumplings, fried commas and stirred low–fat cheesecake. And forever, more better frites.

graphic, club location map

What This What This?

Spontaneous club meetings, often more than false, begin at 15:00 on Thursday and continue until 17:00 every Thursday. These on times are equivalent to 3 pm to 5 pm around somewhere else. Around here is where these meetings are. Whatever you say will be truly appreciated by the other members present if there are listening, and sometimes there are but not always – and if it should by rare chance be written here.* Other stories are strongly urged.

Caution – should you have the personal goal 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.' Not becoming a club member is one of the other ways to remain unfound.

*The above paragraphs are relatively unchanged since last week because of the club's secretary's sticky typo finger sticking to the sticky keys and the other sticky mouse finger sticking to the sticky mouse, making the whole sticky decidedly tending to sticky repeats repeats repeats.

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.
Next club meeting on Thursday, 21. September.

A bientôt à Paris
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