A couple years ago, my family and I went on a cruise to the Mediterranean Sea. We visited the countries of Spain, France, Italy, and England. It might have been a dream trip, but it didn’t start off too well.
When we arrived in Barcelona, Spain, the baggage claim was in a different terminal. So we left our terminal and entered the main part of the airport, but there was no baggage claim anywhere to be found. So we wandered the airport for 20-30 minutes looking.
Of course, nobody there speaks English. Finally, we found the information desk and they told us we had to use our boarding passes to enter a different terminal. So we went through security all over again, but we finally got our luggage and began our vacation.
It was quite an experience. Our first port of call was Marseilles, France. We toured the city and visited all of the major landmarks.
The day we were there was actually Liberation Day, which is like our Independence Day. They celebrate the day that the United States liberated France from Nazi Germany during World War II. So as our cruise was pulling away, fireworks were going off in the city.
It was not a bad way to start the cruise. Next, we visited the rich and famous in the city of Nice, France and the Principality of Monaco. Monaco is definitely some place I wouldn’t mind living. They don’t have to pay income taxes. They also have a very low crime rate and they get free cable. Nice and Monaco were by far the nicest cities we visited on our cruise.
We then set off for the land of spaghetti, pizza, and gelato. We visited Florence, Rome, and Naples in Italy. I would have to say that Rome was my favorite city just because of all the history in the city.
Ever since I was little, I always wanted to visit the Roman Coliseum and then to finally see it was amazing. You see pictures all the time, but to see it in person is even more jaw dropping.
The city of Florence was very artsy. It is where the Renaissance began. Throughout the city there are statues and artworks everywhere. Painters and artists line the plazas with their canvases.
Naples is a very poor city, but the pizza made up for that. Naples is the city where the pizza was invented, so we just had to try it out. It was probably the best pizza I’ve ever had. It beats our Pizza Hut and Domino’s by a landslide. While in Naples, we also saw Pompeii. It’s amazing what happened to that city and to the people who were trapped.
Italy was a very cool way to end our cruise. After we ended our cruise, we decided to stay a couple days in London, England. But once again, it didn’t start off too well. Our luggage got lost. We found the right terminal this time; the luggage just wasn’t there. All of our clothes and accessories were in the bags. The only bag we had was the bag for our dress clothes. Luckily the bags showed up later that night and they were delivered to our hotel.
London is a city that combines old with new. There are historic landmarks all over the city and then you look across the street and there’s a brand new building. This trip was definitely the most interesting of all of our family vacations. We’ve yet to lose our baggage since then. So that’s a plus. It was very cool to see the differences in countries.
Spain, France, and Italy might be neighbors but they are not alike at all. They each have their own personalities. Spain is the cool kid of the block, while France is the rich person down the road. And Italy is the old-fashioned elderly people next-door making pasta and sausage all day. I hope to return one day to the Mediterranean Sea to see how these countries have changed.
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