...Continued from page 1

A bit further on, on the left, are the big reservoirs. A sidewalk angles up the Rue Saint-Yves to a sort of plateau above the Avenue René Coty.

On this plateau there are some interesting streets for the eyes, if you want to see an older and quiet part of Paris. These include the Rue des Artistes and the Rue de l'Aude. These are so quiet that grass grows between the paving stones.

Heading a bit further west on the Rue Saint-Yves brought me to a cluster of streets of different angles, past the red-brick Saint-François church.

I had to walk back a bit to get across the Rue d'Alésia, into another cluster of streets, which have angles too and curves as well - the Rue du Commandeur.

Doing this isn't for big thrills, but for looking at curved buildings, photo: building, cite universitaire little shops, quiet odd-shaped intersections, odd roofs and dormer windows, strange garages, window reflections and neighborhood cats if there are any around.

One of the Cité Universitaire's architectual examples of 'international' buildings.

This is all within a long corridor between the Avenue Général Leclerc and the Rue de la Tombe Issoire, that starts at the Boulevard Jourdan in the south and goes up to the hospital La Rochefoucauld in the north.

A straightforward job of going to the Cité Universitaire and coming back is one of the most boring round-trips I can think of, but adding this 90-minute street stroll on to it puts a positive value to the return.

There are other parts of Paris that are as backwater and calm but probably none are quite so extensive. Quartiers in Paris change pretty quickly from one to another - sometimes with stretches of 'desert' between them; ones filled with RER lines and maybe big hospitals.

Most of the time I am 'where the action is' - like on Friday. What has made the week whole, was being where there wasn't any - last Wednesday.

Café Metropole Club's 35th Session

The high point of the 35th weekly meeting of the 'Café Metropole Club' happened when new member and non-reader Cauleen Viscoff unveiled her 'unmentionable' goodies, after not 'spending more than 10 minutes' in Samaritaine.

The 'goodies' themselves weren't the high point, but the Aubade box they came in was. Vigilant readers will rememberphoto: sign, rue georges braque that a poster for Aubade's flimsy wares blew the doors off Paris' recent 'bikini wars' poster battle - which Cauleen, as a non-reader, knew nothing about.

Thursday's club meeting produced many other surprises too, including an all-time record for the 'Youngest Member of the Week.' You can read about it on last Thursday's 'Club 'Report'' page.

If you think you might just skip it, you will be making a mistake. The club's next meeting will be on Thursday, 15. June. And if you are in the mood, be sure to see this week's 'Club News' page too.

Photographsin this issue reflect where I was during the week, but do not necessarily match the text where they are placed. If you have any questions about them, drop me a note via email.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 4.24 - 14. June1999 - The week's Café Metropole column was headlined, 'My Euro Vote.' The 'Au Bistro' column was titled 'Good News Week: No Strikes.' This issue had one feature, titled 'The Palms of Paris.' The 'Scene' column had 'Flying High With 'Lylo.' A pre-launch version of the Café Metropole Club popped up again with, 'The Flat Hunt.' There were four 'Posters of the Week' with an extra page of European election posters. Ric's Cartoon of the Week was captioned 'One Palm Tea, Please.' Why not?

This Was Metropole Two Years Ago:

Issue 3.24 - 15. June 1998 - The Café Metropole column had the seasonal title of: 'Putting the Sweaters Back On.' The 'Au Bistro' columnphoto: sign, crue janvier 1910 was titled, 'Eric Tabarly Lost At Sea.' This issue had one feature, titled 'Day One of the World Cup at Trocadéro.' This means that the World Cup must have been two whole years ago after all. For footballing sportsfans there was 'Links For World Cup: Ready, Set - Change Shirts!' Only Mike Harmon seemed to notice the 'World Cup' enough to write an email about it. Several other readers contributed emails about 'Picnic Knives Get Another Once-Over.' There were the usual four 'Posters of the Week' too. Ric's Cartoon of the Week had the caption of 'Big Screen Under a Bridge.'

Metropole Paris' Nearly Solo Countdown to 31. December 2000:

Due to the indifference to this countdown, it is hereby suspended. No protest against this suppression has called for its reinstatement. If this goes on and Metropole has a contest here, you will not know about it and have no chance of winning a real Paris prize. Contests are certainly rare, but you never know when one might suddenly appear.

There are only about 202 days left to go until the 3rd Millennium. For really nit-picky readers, this figure is correct. On account of this section being suspended due to lack of care, the number of days gone since New Year's is unknown.
signature, regards, ric

Go to page : 1 - 2
In Metropole Paris
Latest Issue
2008 Issues
2007 | 2006 | 2005
2004 | 2003 | 2002
2001 | 2000 | 1999
1998 | 1997 | 1996
In Metropole Paris
About Metropole
About the Café Club
Links | Search Site
The Lodging Page
Paris Museums List
Metropole's 1996 Tours
Metropole's 2003 Tours
Support Metropole
Metropole's Books
Shop with Metropole
Metropole's Wine
metropole paris goodblogweek button
Send email concerning the
contents to: Ric Erickson, Editor.
Metropole Midi © 2014
– unless stated otherwise.
logo, metropole sml midi logo No matter how good it tastes,
there is no such thing
as a free lunch.
Waldo Bini