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photo, cool fog, paris plage A fog that cools.

More Better Summertime

Paris–Plage opened for the summer season this year on Friday. Read all about it on the companion Paris–Plage–bis page where I have placed the bonus photos. There was more sunshine than usual, fewer clouds than usual, and a bunch more casual behavior by Parisians. Next week, of course, there will be much more everything, as usual, weather permitting.

What You Always Wanted

A lucky chance took me to a Website that is apparently not new, but is worthwhile. Photo archives tend to be paranoid these days so it is refreshing to find Paris en Images online and accessible to all. These are Paris photos, oldies and goodies, and the site itself is clean and neat.

The Café Metropole Club

Some of the club's absent members showed up at last week's club meeting but you know they were Max, Joe and Josef if you bothered to read the report. Next Thursday there will be yet another Café Metropole Club meeting. The secretary doesn't know why but is excited by it being a week after the opening of Paris–Plage, as I wrote last week, is in bikinis and parasols, as I often say.

photo, almost seaside, paris plage Almost by the sea.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on 26. July, one whole week after you–know–what. The Saint of the Day will be Sainte–Anne. She is not any more made up than the others. The story of Mary's mom was written between the second and sixth centuries by reliable eyewitnesses. According to the legend, she married Joachim who also became a saint, to share this date and certain histories, although she is more famous.

This is completely unrelated to Paris because it happened in some other time, in some place far away. You can read everything about the club and its risky facts on a page called the About the Club Webpage. Readers who actually have read some of it, and some of you might have, will not fail to comprehend the slightness of it all, and might therefore attempt to download the club's proud scrap of a free but utterly worthless membership card.

This Was Metropole Ten Years Ago

photo, sign, quai de gesvres

It is less surprising than ever that ten years ago was a long time before today. This Metropole used to have a lot of real new stuff in it every week. All of this good stuff is still here somewhere but some of it is getting pretty musty, somewhat like this July, which should be pickled in salty brine.

Café Life Légère 91.5

Outwit In Nature

photo, pizza of the week

Today's Quote of the Week never has any connection to anything at all, not any other week and not this one. For today's gem I propose a solo quote, with the lone one consisting of some folk philosophy by E. B. White. He wrote, "I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority." This could have been said by any of us, but wasn't. What does E.B. stand for?


There are no more than 161 days left of this year, the same number that 1904 had when the Ford Motor Company sold its first car, to Dr. Ernst Pfenning of Chicago. He reportedly paid about $800 for his Model A. Unclear is whether it was the two–seat runabout or the four–seat tub, with roof option. At least we know it was red, the only color available. The car had a flat–twin midships engine that produced 8 hp, with a three–speed transmission. On a good day on a level road it could reach 45 mph and had a leather roof option for $50.

photo, sign, galateria italiano

Inventions from the Patazone

This is totally unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 204 days, the same number that 1904 had when Charles and Frank Menches invented the ice cream cone during the World's Fair in Saint Louis that celebrated the centennial of the Louisiana Purchase. There are a couple of problems with this historic first. There is an engraving dated 1807 that shows some flashy woman eating a cone at Frascati in Paris. Frascati first opened in 1789. And the pretenders to the 1904 title include Abe Doumar, Nick and Albert Kabbaz, David Avayou, and maybe Arnold Fornachon too.

The Ex–Question of Schleswig–Holstein

Many folks have probably been reminded that today is the anniversary of the no–power landing in 1983 of Air Canada flight 143 at Gimli, Manitoba. Due to a mixup in loading fuel, caused by Canada switching to litres from gallons, the aircraft was short three–quarters of its fuel on takeoff. First one engine conked out and then the other went dry. When the pilots looked at the user manual for the section on landing with no engines they were surprised to find no such section. However they kept their cools and glided to the ex–military airport at Gimli. Imagine their surprise when they saw that it was being used for a car race at the time. But they landed anyhow, without wrecking the near–new Boeing. Air Canada suspended the pilots and the mechanics but they were awarded the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale Diploma for Outstanding Airmanship in 1985.

A bientôt à Paris
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