Back to Saumur!

Hello to everyone reading! I had some time on the bus ride back from Normandy today to write a midweek blog post and I thought you all might enjoy hearing about the 4th of July picnic with the host families in Saumur last Sunday while I prepare the next big blog update for this weekend!

So…

On Sunday the 5th we had our 4th of July picnic with the host families, students, professors, and onsite coordinator. It went very smoothly and the families and professors enjoyed getting a chance to informally socialize. We had the picnic in Montreuil-Bellay, a small village about 20 minutes from Saumur where’s there’s a beautiful park and city to visit. Each family brought their own picnic and a dessert to share. The students talked or played with their host parents and siblings during the picnic and then visited the city and chateau (our onsite coordinator, Marie-Christine, also created a post-picnic treasure hunt activity!).

Here are some pictures highlighting the 4th of July picnic celebration:

Joe, Matthew, Hannah, and Rachel find a spot to sit with the families
Joe, Matthew, Hannah, and Rachel find a spot to sit with the families
We settle in for the picnic
We settle in for the picnic
Rachel, Hannah, and Camille kindly pose for a photo
Rachel, Hannah, and Camille kindly pose for a photo
Lydia, Ian, Robin, Sarah, and Hannah (along with Sarah's host sister I believe!)
Lydia, Ian, Robin, Sarah, and Hannah (along with Sarah’s host sister I believe!)
A lot of students played games while the families finished eating; here we have Lauren, Alex, Casey, and someone I can't quite see!
A lot of students played games while the families finished eating; here we have Lauren, Alex, Casey, and someone I can’t quite see!
There was a large, sand football pit where some students played with the parents and other kids
There was a large, sand football pit where some students played with the parents and other kids
Students sang for the host families to thank them (they're getting quite good singing without the books)
Students sang for the host families to thank them (they’re getting quite good singing without the books)
Ian, Lauren, and Ellen stroll through the city after our picnic. There were flea market shops lining the street and a treasure hunt!
Ian, Lauren, and Ellen stroll through the city after our picnic. There were flea market shops lining the street and a treasure hunt!

I’ll be putting together a big blog post to show you what the students have been up to in Normandy the past couple days – it should be up by Saturday! There will be lots of pictures—your sons and daughters are always so willing to take a picture for the blog!

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4 thoughts on “Back to Saumur!

  1. How wonderful to see all the happy faces! Thank you for posting midweek, looking so forward to the Normandy blog!!

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