We made ourselves comfortable in our beach chairs on Plage Royale, sipping a bit of champagne, while awaiting the sound of “2001: A Space Odyssey”, which signifies the start of the spectacle. France was the official host of tonight’s fireworks, which were not part of the competition. Their theme was “Lacroix-Ruggieri: Hommage à la Russie”. We had to wait until the end of the show, which was quite outstanding once again, to find out the winner of “La Vestale d’Or”. It wasn’t easy to understand the announcement, and it wasn’t until we read it in the newspaper the next morning that we knew for certain that it was France who came in first, and Spain who came in second.