Day 1 Clermont: Jardin Le Coq & L’aventure Michelin

Chris leaves for work at 730am and Killian and I leave the little room we are staying in at the same time. I figure I will just walk around until I find something and hopefully not get so lost to where I can’t find my way back. Not far from where we are staying is a street map of the town. After a minute or so of trying to find my location, I see the Jardin Le Coq is off of my street but since I do not know which direction to walk on my street I just take off. I walk for a while and do not see a garden but I do see an old man and I figure he probably knows. I ask in my best French where the garden is located and he rattles off the answer in French very quickly but to my surprise I actually understood about 75% of what he said. Turns out I had been walking in the wrong direction but I figured I had a fifty-fifty chance of that happening.

We arrive at the gardens and since it is so early there is not hardly anyone there. This is probably one of the most beautiful gardens I have ever seen. It’s full of flowers, topiaries shaped into animals, the flowers on the hill are arranged perfectly so that you can make out the picture the artist/gardener was trying to show, a huge rose garden and to my surprise playgrounds! Jackpot! Killian walks around for a while and then we make it to the playground. I look around some more while Killian plays and to my surprise I see another playground that is better for his age and it’s bigger! It was hard to pull him away from what he was doing but once we made it to the other playground he was much happier! We stayed in the gardens for a couple of hours and then it was nap time.

After nap time, Killian and I headed to L’Aventure Michelin. This is essentially the Michelin museum, the exhibits walk you though the entire history of the company. It was really interesting, the exhibits showed how Michelin went from road, air, rail, to maps and travel and restaurant guides. When we were visiting there was only a school group touring so we took our time and I figured it would be like reading a book to Killian so I sat with him at each exhibit and read it out loud. An hour and half in and Killian was finished with Michelin history and I was as well. Before we left we stopped by the gift shop for a few goodies for Chris for part of his Fathers Day gift.

It was a good mommy-son day in Clermont Ferrand.

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