More Than Just a Vacation - My Family Travels

Do you believe that a vacation can be an eye opener? I do. Earlier this year I
took a trip that I will never forget. It changed my outlook on life and other
cultures. During spring break, nine of my classmates and I went on a whirlwind
of a trip to England, France, Switzerland, and Italy in a mere 12 days through
ACIS for our senior class trip.

Is it Ben Big, the infamous clock in London, the beautiful Eiffel Tower in
Paris, maybe the historical Coliseum in Rome that make you want to visit these
countries? They definitely drew my attention. They’re magical sites and
wonderful to visit, but you certainly learn more.

Like how London can feel like a small hometown with families having a picnic,
or riding their bikes in Hyde Park, but can also be an a modern city with the
London Eye. It also has an abundance of old buildings and churches like
Westminster Abbey where you can sit in on a service or St. Paul’s Cathedral,
which is featured in Mary Poppins. Visiting St. Paul’s Cathedral was rather
exciting for me since I loved the movie as a child. London is full of
surprises. It’s got a great mix of new and old. London was one of my favorite
places we visited because it was so diverse.

Taking French made Paris really exciting to know a few words and having some
understanding on their culture. The cafés with the sweet smell of piping hot
coffee and bagels, people sitting outside at the little round tables like a
scene in a movie.  Try a crêpe to experience a traditional yet tasty treat.
Paris has great history with its art. Does the Mona Lisa ring a bell? Well
it’s held in the Louvre. The building was originally used as a fortress to
protect against Viking raids. Paris really does give the sense of love with
couples walking merrily down the winding roads but it is full of history,
fashion, and great food.

Switzerland was really surprising for me, not knowing much about the country
before visiting it. We first were in Berne, the capital of Switzerland, which
is where Albert Einstein was born and raised and we walked by his childhood
home. It was a very whimsical city with bears and clocks all around. We
visited Lucerne and spent some time shopping. There are quaint little shops
connected by tiny winding roads. We saw the Kappelbrücke Bridge, which was
built to protect the city from attacks and the Lion Monument, which was carved
to commemorate the Swiss guards. Switzerland is a beautiful country and is a
very unique place to visit.

Italy truly is a beautiful country. We were lucky enough to visit both
Florence and Rome. There are many churches with murals telling stories from
the bible all over in both cities. The sculpture of David is in Florence,
which is amazing you should visit if you have the chance. Try to see
everything you can because there is so much to see in Italy. Eat some gelato
as you walk through the historical cities, it’s inspiring! The people are
incredibly nice and have an easygoing way of life. Both cities are rich in
history and religion, which I appreciated very much.

What I’m trying to say is that visiting these countries is more then seeing a
few famous sites. You take back more then you can ever imagine. You come to a
new understanding on the way other people live. It makes you appreciate what
you have, and to fight for what you want.

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