Austin's Trip to London and Paris | My Family Travels

Imagine being able to go from the United States, to United Kingdom.  That is exactly what happened to me in the fall of 2009.  A good friend of mine was studying abroad for a semester at Regents College in London, England.  I was offered to come visit her during my Thanksgiving break at school.  Once that offer was extended to me, I was sure to jump on it.  Traveling the world is a goal of mine.  My current school that I attend is Montgomery College, where I study Architecture.  I am transferring to The Catholic University of America in the fall 2010 semester.  Having seen most of the famous monuments and buildings all throughout the United States made me excited to travel to another continent.  I was eager to be in London and see all the different sites.  My friend and I traveled to The London Bridge, Big Ben, and The London Eye.  For me, this was one of the most amazing experiences of my life so far.  I loved to see how different cultures live their lives.  Everything was different, from the history, food, cars, currency, but overall it was a extremely once in a life time trip.  As the weekend approached, we had the idea to visit Paris.  I was ecstatic; I would be able to visit another Country where I would be entirely out of my element.  My friends and I took the Euro Star Train from London to Paris, and stayed in the heart of Paris for two nights.  This allowed us to have time to explore the city.  We found so many interesting markets and restaurants along with our site seeing.  Some things we did while in Paris where, taking a boat tour, bus tours and just walking throughout the city.  The places that intrigued me most were Notre Dame, The Louvre, and The Eiffel Tower.  I was fortunate enough to purchase paintings from Paris and London.  I then had them framed and gave the paintings to all my family and close friends for the holidays.  The things that did not work well in Paris were defiantly the language barriers.  Luckily one of our friends spoke some French, but we had a fun time ordering some things.  Although that was a small bridge to cross, we did it and I would never change this experience for anything.  I learned that there is so much civilization outside the United States that I never thought about.  I was so interested in seeing how these people made their livings.  My experience defiantly changed me for the better, if anything, this experience broadened my horizon.  This experience also made me aware of my surroundings, and made me more thankful for my friends.  If I could suggest a place for someone to visit, I would say London, England with out a doubt.  I am trying to plan a trip back to London in the summer because my friend will be taking summer classes. 

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