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photo, cruise boat, pont, sunset Tuesday's best sunset of the week.

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 a Paris–Plage–bis page where I placed some bonus photos. Next week, not this week of course, there will be much more everything – see above weather – if you must.

The Café Metropole Club

One of the club's absent members showed up at last week's club meeting, but it was Lucky Checkley from New York, so we had a wonderful world tour. On Thursday there will be another never–before Café Metropole Club meeting. The secretary doesn't know why but is excited or even awake. Maybe, deep down, the club is as exciting as August.

photo, elena's toesVideo girl, Elena's toes.

The next meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on 9. August, exactly six whole days before you–know–what. The Saint of the Day will be Saint–Amour. This one is honored in Franche–Comté, in the village of Saint–Amour, and in Beaujolais. They forgot to mention honored on the calendar. Otherwise, who was he?

Like every week, this is partially unrelated to Paris because it happened in some other places near wine drinking country. You can read some stuff about the club and its two facts on a page called the About the Club Webpage. Readers who actually have read a third of it, and some of you might have, will hardly fail to comprehend the two–thirds of it all, and should therefore attempt to download the club's scrap of a free but worthless membership card. A third is better than half, sometimes.

This Was Metropole Ten Years Ago

It is hardly surprising that last week ten years ago was a long time before today. This Metropole used to just have real new stuff in it every week ten years ago, and even five years ago. All of the good feeling is still here somewhere as strong as ever, somewhat like this August, which should be oozing sticky ooze.

photo, bottles, glasses, ice, peanuts, kitchen mess Kitchen wreckage, Wednesday and Saturday.

Café Life Légère 91.9

Time Concept Travels

Today's Quote of the Week will never have any connection to anything serious, but what do we care? For today's gem I propose a quote consisting of some timely philosophy by Clifford Donald Simak. He wrote, "Time is still the great mystery to us. It is no more than a concept – we don't know if it even exists..." This observation could easily have been made by any of us, but ordinary folks like us and Mr. Simak do not invent religions like some other bored science fiction writers.

photo, sign, rue tholoze

Double Wobble–Kaiser

There are no more than 147 days left of this year, the same number that 1806 had when the Holy Roman Empire ended on account of Franz II's abdication. He did this after Napoleon won the battle of Austerlitz. Two years earlier old Franz founded the Austrian Empire so he still had that. In fact he was the only Dopplekaiser in history, which is an important fact most folks have difficulty remembering. His other official title wasHeiliger Römischer Kaiser.

Driving Across the Patazone

This is totally unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 218 days, the same number that 1909 had when Alice Ramsey and two sisters–in–law, and another friend, arrived in San Francisco after a 59–day drive from Hell's Kitchen in New York. Of the ladies, only Alice could drive, but that was okay because the car was a green Maxwell 30. For some reason the great fanfare for their arrival happened on 10. August. In all, Alice drove across America more than 30 times. Instead of calling her book On the Road, it was titled Veil, Duster, and Tire Iron.

photo, sign, quai malaquais

The Ex–Question of Schleswig–Holstein

Many folks have probably been thinking that there should be an anniversary of the conviction for life of the future Napoléon III, for causing an attempted uprising in 1840. He served six years before escaping, dressed as painter possibly named Badinguet. He went to London and plotted his return which he carried out during the revolution of 1848. Another birthday to remember was that of Dutch Schultz who was born as Arthur Flegenheimer in the Bronx in 1902. Dutch was a dude prone to violence, bumping off an average of two per month, and is also credited with inventing cement shoes, after studying the corpse removal situation. Dutch was ambushed in the Palace Chophouse in Newark and shot full of holes. While waiting to die he made a famous speech, which made him more famous but didn't change anything about him being dead in the end.

A bientôt à Paris
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