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While we were in the Louvre we picked up a book for Brooklyn called, “Mr. Chicken Goes to Paris.” We thought it was so neat because Mr. Chicken looks like Brooklyn’s Peep! Brooklyn looked at the book and said, “That’s a bad Peep!” We told her it wasn’t a bad Peep and got the book anyway because where else will we find a book about Peep? She asked Mike to read it to her and it was funny listening to Mike trying to pronounce some of the French words, but Brooklyn didn’t mind, she just loves her Poppa!

One day, I can’t remember which, we picked Brooklyn up from school and went to Parc Montjuzet to eat lunch. We had not been there before, but everyone has said to go because it is so beautiful and they were right. The park is on top of a small mountain and the views are almost 360 degrees of the city and countryside. In one picture, you can see just how big the cathedral is compared to the other building near our house. We are still in awe of it everything we see it or walk by it because it is just humongous!

After the park, we went to tour the Puy de Dôme, which is the volcano we can see outside of our kitchen window. It is the tallest volcano in the Puy Mountains at about 1200 feet from the base of the mountain. It is about 10 km from Clermont-Ferrand and the last time it erupted was in 5760 BC. The two current ways to get to the top of the Puy de Dôme are to follow the old Roman road or to take the train. We took the train. Obviously. At the top there is an old Roman Temple dedicated to the god Mercury. These ruins were found in 1873 when they built the weather station on the summit. You can walk a paved road up and down the hills (and stairs, of course!) around the summit of the volcano. When we were there, there were lots of hangliders were taking off and flying around. It was quite windy and some of the parachutes kept flipping over while they were trying to set up for takeoff. It looked way too dangerous for me.

We ended our trip by stopping at the best Patisserie we have found, which is in Chamalières, the town we lived in for a month when we arrived in France.