I bet you can’t guess what I got for my eighteenth birthday present? Well, I do not want to keep you guessing so I will just tell you. My aunt gave me my very own trip to Europe for my birthday. I even got to pick the locations, which ended up being Paris, Milan, Florence, and Rome. I can’t say how excited I was as I was packing, preparing, and waiting for the departure day. After weeks and weeks of waiting, June 18th was here and off we went on the best trip of my life.
First stop was O’Hare airport in which my aunt and I took a national flight over to Washington D.C. and then an international flight to Paris, France around five in the afternoon. We went to dinner and afterwards we got a drive around tour of Paris showing some of the more famous sights such as the Eifel Tower, Les Invalides, and Notre Dame. Many other sites later, it was getting late so we retired in The Suite Hotel in an outlaying town of Paris. The next day we started things off with a visit to the Louvre to see the Mona Lisa. Then during some free time, we went up to Sacre Coeur which offered an amazing view of the cityscape. After Sacre Coeur and dinner, we went to see the Eifel Tower lit up with thousands of lights for the night followed by a boat trip down the Seine River.
The next day we took a six hour train ride to Milan. There, we saw the Duemo and other amazing historical buildings. Later we were given a tour of the city which took up the remainder of the day, so we retired for the night. The next day our group set out for Florence. When we arrived it was one of the most ancient major cities I saw in Italy. We saw the statue of Poseidon and went into the Uffizi; we walked across the Ponte Vecchio and visited the Bubbling Gardens. I also climbed the tower of the Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore and watched a leather box being handmade. We spent two days in Florence just to fit in all of the sightseeing.
The last two days of the trip we spent in Rome. The majority of the first day was actually spent visiting towns on the way to Rome. One old castle town named San Gimignano was my favorite city in all of Italy. It was so historic and preserved that I felt like I was in an actual medieval town. The tallest tower, if you had the energy to climb it, showed a magnificent view of the countryside. When we arrived in Rome, we went to the Vatican. I was shocked by the beauty and splendor of St. Peters, the Sistine Chapel, and all of the other connecting hallways. Afterwards, we retired for the night. The next day we visited the Coliseum, the Roman Forum, and climbed the Spanish Steps. We stopped to admire all the art and fountains along the way. The next day, my aunt and I got up at three in the morning for a flight to Frankfurt, Germany and from there to home.
To sum up my trip, it was my greatest experience of my life! I will never forget the trip or the kindness of my aunt to take me on it for my eighteenth birthday. I hope everyone will be able to take a trip of a lifetime!
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