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photo, vavin by night Former centre of the world – Vavin.

WiFi for Whistlers

Cyber cafés may be a bit thin on the ground in Paris but the city has begun offering free access to the Net via the magic of WiFi. Operational now are 400 signposted points of access spread around 260 city locations – libraries, museums, city halls, parks and open spaces. In general, you should be able to obtain access from 07:00 to 23:00, but it will depend on the open hours of the location. Note:– the Tuileries and the Luxembourg are not parks operated by the city. No WiFi alors. Additionally, there may be not 400 access points until September, but let's not nit–pick the cherries off this free horse.

Free Photos of Paris

A lucky chance took me to a Website that is apparently not new, but is most 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.

More So–So Summertime

Paris–Plage opened for the summer season this year on Friday. Read all about it on last week's Paris–Plage–bis page where I placed some bonus photos. This week it was cool and there was less sunshine than usual and more clouds than usual. Next week, of course, there will be much more everything, as usual, weather – see above – permitting.

The Café Metropole Club

A couple of the club's absent members showed up at last week's club meeting, and one brought his daughter plus a ton of exquisit gummibären. On Thursday there will be another brand–new Café Metropole Club meeting. The secretary doesn't know why but is excited. Maybe August is exciting. Maybe, deep down, the club is exciting.

photo, greenest car of the weekThe greenest van of the week.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on 2. August, two whole days after you–know–what. The Saint of the Day will be Saint–Julien–Eymard. Pete, as his friends called him, is not any more made up than the others. Born at La Mure d'Isère in 1811, Pete was declared venerable in 1908, beautified in 1925 and canonized in 1962 and the rest is familiar history.

Like last week, this is completely unrelated to Paris because it happened in some other time, in some place near the Alps. You can read everything about the club and its three facts on a page called the About the Club Webpage. Readers who actually have read half of it, and some of you might have, will hardly fail to comprehend the half of it all, and might therefore attempt to download the club's scrap of a free but worthless membership card. A half is better than nothing.

photo, sign, villa virginie

This Was Metropole Ten Years Ago

It is less surprising that last week ten years ago was a long time before today, much like last week. This Metropole used to just have real new stuff in it every week. All of the good feeling is still here somewhere as strong as ever, somewhat like this August, which should be drenched in warm honey with a side order of wine.

Café Life Légère 91.8

Others Seen In Mirrors

Today's Quote of the Week will never have any connection to anything at all, but what do we care? For today's jewel I propose a solo quote consisting of some deep philosophy by Aldous Huxley. He wrote, "To see ourselves as others see us is a most salutary gift. Hardly less important is the capacity to see others as they see themselves." This observation could have been noticed by any of us, but we hadn't the mirrors or the curiosity, so we gazed at our own nombrils instead.

photo, sign, presence de courant electrique

Out the Wobble–Windows

There are no more than 154 days left of this year, the same number that 1419 had when the folks of Prague tried a novel form of civic protest for the first time. Some discontents stormed city hall and threw council members out of windows, onto the pikes of other discontents waiting below. It is possible that Prague is more famous for the second time this was done, because it was the first salvo in the 30 Years War. The French word for it is défenestration.

Inventions from the Patazone

This is totally unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 211 days, the same number that 1898 had when John Harvey and Will Keith Kellogg invented corn flakes. However I do not believe this date is correct. It wasn't until 1906 that brother Will Keith patented the idea for flaked cereals, and even then it wasn't on 30. July. Basically, John Harvey, a doctor who ran a nutcase clinic, wanted a foodstuff that would chill folks out. His brother wanted to make a ton of money instead, so he added a little sugar, and eventually, chocolate, and Kellogg's became history.

photo, sign, jar of bonbons

The Ex–Question of Schleswig–Holstein

Many folks have probably been reminded that there should be an the anniversary of the nighttime gun battle in 1858 during the gold rush in British Columbia, which some called New Caledonia. Most of the gold seekers were heavily armed crazies from San Francisco and they stepped on some Indian toes, so a couple got bumped off. Before British civil authorities in Victoria could react the miners formed companies and went up the Fraser River looking for trouble. One group, the Whatcom Company, wiped itself out. In the dark a rifle fell over and went off, and everybody started shooting blind. There were only two or three survivors. The Indians, who weren't involved, decided to settle for peace. When government troops finally arrived they told everyone to behave or they would have to return to San Francisco and wait for the Yukon gold rush, 40 years later.

A bientôt à Paris
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