A Mayoral Welcome

Today in Saumur, our students visited the Hôtel de Ville – the mayor’s office. We were welcomed by some of his advisers, but did not actually get to meet the mayor himself. Everyone dressed formally for the occasion and the students in choir sang the French national anthem. Here is a link to the video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bx1XCnO6Ux-gc2Q1MWtlUllfU28/edit?usp=sharing

Three students: Hayden, Sidd, and Grace Bahler volunteered to speak in front of the group in order to thank the mayor, the city of Saumur, and the host families for welcoming us. They did a wonderful job!! One of the mayor’s advisers/assistants told me how wonderful it was that they spoke and how good it was to hear the students sing the French national anthem. She said that not every group prepares something like that, so she was thankful for the effort we had made. I think we made a great impression. Personally, I was impressed by how well your students carried themselves. You would have been so proud to see them. They dressed so nicely, engaged with the people welcoming us, answered questions about their stay, and were so respectful of the experience. It was lovely. Below are some photos of the day.

After visiting the mayor’s office, we had lunch and headed back to Saint-Louis for sports activities the rest of the afternoon. The students changed clothes and played soccer and frisbee, ran, walked, read, hung out and had a great time. It was nice to relax a little this afternoon after all the hard work they have been putting into their courses – and before we get up so early tomorrow to leave for Normandy! It’s a quick trip and there’s lots to see, so they will be tired when we get back Friday evening. I hope to post sometime Saturday or Sunday about the trip, as well as the picnic we will have Sunday afternoon with the host families to celebrate the Fourth of July!

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