Two weeks, that’s all it took for me to change my outlook on people and on the world. On June 14th, I departed from the Tampa Airport to begin my journey with six friends and twenty-one strangers, a journey that I will remember for the rest of my life. I was on a tour called Europe Grand Tour.
I arrived in Rome, checked into Hotel Tiziano, and headed out to roam the streets of Rome. Like any tourist I saw the Pantheon, The Trevi Fountain, The Ruins, The Colosseum, The Christian Catacombs, and of course Vatican City. The one thing I enjoyed the most was not knowing where I was going. Countless times we got lost and experienced beautiful sights of gardens, and plazas. I wish someone would have told me that If I was going to take a taxi anywhere in Rome, I needed to prepare myself for the most intense ride of my life, because the driving was crazy.
Florence was next on the list. In Florence I went to plazas, saw The David (which I recommend to anyone who visits Florence, It was spectacular), and shopped. Shopping in Florence was a great experience. Browsing the tents for leather, clothes, and trinkets made for a very enjoyable afternoon. The Dumo Plaza in Florence made me feel like I was a doll. The church and the buildings in it were so vibrant with color, it was beautiful.
After two days, we headed off to my favorite place in Italy, Venice. It was raining the only day we were there but I absolutely loved it there. Even in the rain it was beautiful. I would gladly tell anyone that they have to visit Venice if they are going over to Europe. They have to go on a gondola ride, they have to walk the streets, and they have to buy a piece of the famous Murano glass.
On the way to Mutters, Austria we got to ride in a train with cabins (like in Harry Potter). Mutters was a cute little town, one of those towns where everyone knows everyone and holidays are a town affair. While in Austria, five of my friends and I decided to go White Water Rafting at Wasser C-Raft in glacier water. It was freezing, but it was a once in a lifetime opportunity.
The last two stops on my trip were Paris and London. Two places I have wanted to go to since I was a little kid. In Paris I went to the Eifel Tower and walked up six hundred plus steps. I also visited the Triomphe Arch, Lafayette galleries, and Notre Dame. Paris was great but after seeing the Eifel Tower I felt like my next three days were filled with trying to figure out what to do. London was a different story. I loved every part of London, from Wimbledon, to the Fish and Chips, to SoHo Square, and to Big Ben. The changing of the guard was very cool but if you don’t like crowds, I suggest not going. Everything about London made me wish I had a longer stay there.
My trip to Europe taught me a lot of things. It taught me that different countries do have different lifestyles and different cultures but they are pretty easy to adapt to. I learned that the French don’t hate Americans, like many people say. My trip to Europe was unforgettable. I learned so much about Art History and the World around me. I would suggest to anyone to visit Europe because it is a beautiful place.
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