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... good fortune of signing up for a walking tour of the town, a tour comprised almost entirely of young Egyptian men who really, really liked us. They wanted to know all about us (except when we were actually talking, at which point they would rather whisper to each other than listen) and oh, the questions they asked!
Did we have facebook? How old were we? Could they see us tomorrow?? Were we single?????
Before the questions had taken this turn in ...
... We start our service very strictly at 9:45am. I arrive, I have my coat removed, I take my seat. The service is a CD/DVD affair. I stumble my way through French hymns, which have the same melodies I'm used to, but different words as they're not always a direct translation. Besides this, the French tradition of musical and poetic oration involves an elaboration of the syllables that doesn't happen in everyday speech. So, it's quite an experience for me to sing the hymns.
... at the best of times, so it had to be carried half the time.
Also, everyone was SO EXCITED to see a cat being walked in the streets of Paris. The children were especially overwhelmed by the sight. "Maman, maman, c'est un chat !!" I got the impression that this is quite a rare sight. I was crushed when I realised I'd forgotten my camera!
My Key Turning Issue
Since Sarah works all day, she had given me a key so ...
... to watch rugby on the TV. The bar owner was the campsite owner and made us feel very welcome, when Roy asked him if he had any peanuts he said yes and brought out a large dish for us to share.
Roy and Me had a couple of drinks and then Roy was tired so we went back to the camper. Terry and Anne came back an hour later and said the owner had brought supper out just after we had left and it was meatballs which were ...
... had a nice peasanty evening meal and then, on the next, rather overcast day with nothing much to do we decided to drive in to the nearest large town: Clermont Ferrand.
It turned out to be interesting in three ways. Firstly it's the home of a well known and successful French rugby club (named after the town), so Jack now has his rugby souvenir from France, a supporters ball painted in the ...
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