We also were fortunate to have several bottles of Crémant, a sparkling wine particular to the region, offered to us from a local winery, as well as a non-alcoholic version for the stagiaires, which they call Festillant. I find this to be a very kind gesture, especially considering that it gives the stagiaires the opportunity to experience a part of the Saumur culture that is otherwise not allowed!
The evening continued with tastings of desserts, games, and music. Such festivities in France could continue well into the night, but since it is a weeknight and also because of our big trip tomorrow, families left somewhat early so that their stagiaires could finish packing and get some rest.
Tomorrow morning we leave for Normandy, and we will return Friday evening. There are many visits scheduled--Mont Saint Michel, Omaha Beach, the Caen Memorial, etc.--which I'll describe in detail when we return. For now, however, I need to get my own packing done! I wish you all a very happy 4th of July, and I look forward to sharing more stories and photos with you very soon.