Sunday, July 18, 2010

Le 14 Juillet and Le Carrousel de Saumur

I would like to start this post off by wishing Rachel B. a happy 18th birthday! Joyeux anniversaire Rachel!

It has certainly been a busy week full of class and activities for all of us here in the program. Here is a photo of all of us in the school courtyard. The groundskeeper Rémi wanted us to feel more at home and put up a Statue of Liberty and an American flag.

On Wednesday, we were invited to witness the 14 juillet (Bastille Day) military ceremony and parade. If you were not aware, Saumur is a city that has a large military presence.

After the ceremony, we were invited by the city to have what the French call "un verre d'amitié (a drink of friendship)" and listen to a speech by the mayor of Saumur. The students who went to the event ask the mayor if they could take a photo with him:

During the evening, there was a fireworks show over the Loire:

Horses, dirtbikes, and tanks oh my! On Friday afternoon, we were given free tickets by the city to see the famous Carrousel de Saumur put on by the military.

There was even a presentation of the evolution of tanks. My favorite was the American tank, the biggest one of them all.

I would like to thank the city of Saumur for being so kind to us during this program. Without their generosity, we wouldn't have had the chance to see as much.

It is hard to believe but the Stagiaires (that's what we call them here) only have one more week left in Saumur. During this next week, students are going to have their last classes, take a test to see how much they improved during the program, and rehearse for something we call "La fête des familles" (an event full of music and skits for host families).

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