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Today we went to a Marche de Noel (Christmas Market) in a town called Tallende, which is about 30 minutes away from our apartment. We went there mainly because it was the only place we could find that sells Christmas trees. We also got to see some really pretty countryside on the way. The Marche de Noel had lots of vendors selling cheeses, meats, jewelry, candy, and handmade items. The biggest tree we were able to fit in the car was a 5 foot tree and it cost 23 Euros. The French don’t use tree stands or water their trees so the tree is put in a hole in half of a small log. It looks so small compared to the trees we used to get in the U.S. but I am so happy to just have a tree.  In the U.S. we always bought our tree the day after Thanksgiving, so I feel like I’ve been waiting forever! At the market, they also had a floating duck game, like at a carnival, which Brooklyn got to play and she LOVED it! She was pretty good at it and she chose a Hello Kitty doll as her prize. We also got her some cotton candy which she loved!

We also took Brooklyn to a store in Clermont-Ferrand called La Boutique Du Nounours (The Teddy Bear Shop). The store is upstairs and downstairs and is filled with lots of bears, of course, but lots of other animals too. The animals were all so cute and old-fashioned looking, but very good quality. Brooklyn chose a kitty cat and we are still trying to get her to understand that we she doesn’t get it until Christmas!

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