On April 6, 2007, I stepped on my first airplane for a direct flight to London. I had spent a year and a half planning for my ten day trip to London, Paris, Lucerne, and Heidelburg. I was nervous about the flight, but too excited to notice.
I was taking the trip with my Aunt Carol, Uncle Rick, my best friend Meghan, and a group of 60 people. The flight was uneventful and we landed in London on a beautiful day. The weather was warm and the sky was clear.
I had never been so excited in my life. I was finally seeing the world. We spent two nights in London and saw many neat sights.
We saw the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, the London Eye, took a Jack the Ripper tour, and even rode the Metro. I was amazed by the people and all the ancient buildings and art.On the third morning, I took my first train under the English Channel to Paris. My first sight in Paris was a McDonalds.
We then drove to the most expensive hotel I have ever stayed in. Meghan and I were sharing a room on the 11th floor. During our three days in Paris, toured the Palace of Versailles, the Louvre, Notre Dame, went to the top of the Eiffel Tower, and shopped at a mall where Coach, Louis Veton, and Gouchi bags were sold.
Paris was very crowded and it cost a lot of money to use a public restroom. I was glad to leave the city behind.Switzerland is the most beautiful country I have ever seen. The mountains and lakes are magnificent.
When we arrived, we drove to Bern (Bear), Switzerland. The church had bears above the door, there were fountains in the streets that had bears on them, and there was even a pit with two bears that you could feed carrots to. After spending a couple of hours in Bern, we drove to Lucerne.
We stayed at an old hotel a block off Lake Lucerne which was surrounded by snowcapped mountains. We walked along the shore and the clear water showing no pollution amazed me. We rode cable cars to the top of Mt.
Pilates. The air was cooler on top and the view breathtaking. Just in sight below the mountaintop was a little white church with a red tin roof. On the top of the hill was a single cross. While on top of the mountain we saw a mountain goat climbing on the side of a mountain. When we were back in Lucerne, we went to a store that sold Swiss Army Knives. I bought seven and had my family members names engraved on them for souvenirs. Later, we went to the Stadtkeller and had cheese fondue while listening to Swiss yodelling. I was reluctant to leave that beautiful country.Our last stop was Heidelburg, Germany. We took a bus to Germany and through the Black Forest. In the middle of the Black Forest, we stopped at a building that was the world’s largest Cuckoo Clock. Inside we learned about how Cuckoo clocks were made and ate lunch in the Restaurant. At this restaurant we were able to dip our own ice and I finally got more than three cubes of ice in my drink. We drove to Heidelburg and our first stop was a castle in ruins that housed the largest wine keg in the world. The next morning we drove to the Heidelburg Airport for our departure. The flight home was nine and a half hours. When we reached Charlotte, we hit storms and I was sick from the turbulence. It will be a long time before I will be brave enough to ride another airplane.I had a wonderful time in Europe and I know now that I have a love for the open country and not big cities. I was unable to relax until we reached Switzerland and that was the highlight of my trip. I would gladly go to Switzerland at any time. I never thought I would travel out of the United States, but the chance came and I took. I advise everyone to take a trip somewhere they have never been because they may just find they like it. There are some amazing sites to be seen, you just have to go find them.
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