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First we had to negotiate ourselves out of the car park and into the Aires car park, which we did with much miming and sign language, our French not being as good as our poor German. Clermont-Ferrand, we discovered, is Michelin tyre city. The head office and an enormous factory were situated just next to our camp spot. Set off by tram into Clemont-Ferrand town to find a dentist to mend my broken tooth. After extremely helpful staff at Tourist Info ...
... passing through dismiss the town entirely as a result. Locals tell us Clermont-Ferrand is the end of the toll-free highway, so it is regarded by the French as but a pitstop en route to the vacation resorts in the south.
We had the advantage of a home base and one-month's time to discover Clermont-Ferrand. We came to know it for its multiculturalism and for the lack of pretence by its citizens. Everyone says hello -- even the teenage boys ...
... of soccer. We used a real ball - boy it is hard to kick and stop a shot. A lot bigger than the ball Caleb and I are used to using. Caleb and Christine then went over for a final visit and ping pong with the group at Kassim's complex. For the third time we had our salmon wrapped fish dinner. Still awesome. Mmm.... Got mostly packed up for our next ...
... and two points for a spectacular goal - think 360 spin or no look goal etc. Our team was awesome and we won all four games. The final play was epic - I was twenty feet away from the other teams goal and facing away from it - I received a pass, bent down an rifled it on net between my legs ... It went right in - top shelf ... A young observer screamed 'Spectacular' ... Caleb was proud of pops and said he would pick me for his team for ...
We walked through Le Coq parc and incredibly a soccer match broke out. Christine and I schooled some 8 year olds 5-3 as Caleb was in net. (Raphael and Adrian were the boys). After searching for places to stay in Greece after lunch we all walked over to Kassim's complex to play some table tennis. As we approached we noticed several 18-20 year olds hanging out on the benches and the pong pong table - oh great. Then a cool thing ...