Throughout my seventeen years of being alive, I have probably visited more countries than some adults have visited in their lifetime. I have been to Canada, the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, England, France, Spain, Italy, and Monaco. The first time my family took an excursion to Europe in 2007, we had visited England, France, Italy, and Monaco for two weeks. My trip was filled with many wonderful experiences that will go unforgotten throughout my life.
When on my trip to the many European countries, it meant a lot for me to really see the culture in these countries, and what made them different from the United States. While in London seeing the historical buildings was lovely, but it seemed too much like Times Square, so I didn’t really get a sense of the country. France was a very nice country although we did not see much, due to our time frame. Seeing the Eiffel Tower and going all the way to the top was beautiful, especially with the view it had at nighttime. Being in Rome was a breathtaking experience, because it had so many historical aspects to it, and the country itself was just so pleasant. In the last country, Monaco, the landscaping was really alluring, with it’s mountainous terrain.
While my family and I were in Europe there were a lot of good things about it and some bad things about it. The sad thing is that there is a lot of crime that happens out there and just in those two weeks we witnessed two almost three. Actually the crimes we witnessed were in Rome; the first was when we saw a man running with a lady’s bag and then a cop chasing after him, as we were eating. The next was while we were on the subway and this mother and her children were trying to pick pocket my mother, but she caught them. When my father was taking my brother and I back to a store we had left my mother at a bench, but there was a man who kept walking back and forth eyeing her. My mother finally got up and gave him a stern look and he did not bother her again, but soon moved onto two other ladies that were tourist too. Although there were a few downsides, going around and doing our sight seeing was a plus. We were also able to swim in the Mediterranean and even rode on a jet ski for the first time.
During this trip I had learned a lot about the European countries, such as Big Ben is the name for the bell in the tower, not the tower itself. I had also learned that the Europeans tend to travel more eco-friendly than we are in the U.S. Many of the people would travel on bikes or walk, and there were numerous smart cars. I’m glad my parents had taken the time to plan a trip to Europe, and felt my brother and I were mature enough to enjoy the experience. Even with some of the bad things, the good parts outweighed them in the end. It was sad to see this vacation come to an end, but all good things must end.
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