From France to Italy - My Family Travels

Traveling in France and Italy brought excitement and adventure into my life. It is an experience that is unforgettable, where memories of trekking through the ruins of Pompeii and climbing the Eiffel Tower are everlasting. The school planned trip gave me the opportunity to learn more about different cultures, meet new people, see famous and beautiful art, and time to relax and escape. In every city and street I saw something different, from the gothic Notre Dame to the endless fields of green in Tuscany. It was simply magic.

            In France, the Louvre Museum and the Palace of Versailles were amazing attractions filled with thousands of brilliant paintings and architecture. They both contained thousands of colorful rooms for me to get lost in, even with a map. I got the chance to see the famous Venus de Milo and had a small history lesson in Versailles, with tales of Marie Antoinette and the court while viewing priceless art and gardens. Sightseeing was always an active adventure, but it was more fun when I was allowed to travel off the beaten path with friends to wander around on our own journey. This brought variety into the trip, because even though museums and historic buildings are wonderful to see, it just gets boring. It was impossible to stay sane with days crammed with planned museum and tourist trips. I had an outdoor picnic with my friends in front of the Louvre, where we got to explore the surrounding areas and meet new people. On several other occasions, I found fascinating shops and cafes while away from the huge group. In these areas, I was given the chance to embrace the culture, atmosphere and language by learning some French and going to restaurants where the locals like to relax. Part of the experience was relaxing and having a fun time. 

            Italy also contained beautiful paintings and amazing views. Places like the Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum in Rome were unforgettable. Seeing the paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel was amazing, and everywhere I turned there was some type of masterpiece waiting to be admired. The workers stated that pictures were not allowed, but I have to admit that I was too tempted and managed to take a few pictures. Another attraction that was part of the agenda was the Colosseum that was filled with history and intricate architecture. Like the museums in Italy, my friends and I got lost while wandering around the enormous structure. Luckily the tour guide found us. Even after spending hours visiting different attractions, my friends and I found some time to just go out onto one of the many green fields in Tuscany and run around. I felt free and truly happy to be surrounded by friends and the beautiful scenery. It was nice to visit places like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, but the most excitement was from breaking the itinerary and wandering off to have some gelato or playing a game of soccer with some locals.

            The opportunity to travel to France and Italy was a wonderful experience. Famous structures and museums are fascinating, but it is best to spend some time in areas where the locals congregate. This gave me a chance to really experience the life and culture of different cities and countries. It was also a chance for me to really get some relaxation and a chance to have some adventures. Whether people travel to France or Italy, it is best to visit famous and native locations to get the full experience.

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