When I Was 16... - My Family Travels

When I Was 16...

      I haven't been here since I was 18 months old. Everything is different, the smells, tastes, views, even the way they measure things! Right now I'm in Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany in line with my dad at the grocery store standing next to an old women who speaks nothing but German. I can't help but listen in on her conversation with her husband, it just sounded so different! So here I am Europe, here's Tiffanny Christine Burris. And this is my story of when I was 16...

      My parents, brother, and I are going to do so much traveling while I'm here in Europe. Our first stop after Ramstein, the City of Love! Home of the Mona Lisa, Notre Dame, and the Eiffel Tower! I can't believe it; I just cannot believe I'm actually here. Everything I've ever learned in my high school French class is running through my head and I'm coming up with all the different things I'm dying to see while we're here in Paris. After we left our hotel, the Residhome Prestige Val d'Europe, and got off the famous Paris Metro, we had to walk a little in able to find the Eiffel Tower. At first glance you can't help but just take a moment to soak in how breathtaking it is. And big too! Walking under the tower was incredible! The Eiffel Tower just appears endless.

      Later on we boarded the Batobus, a tour boat. We passed by 8 historical buildings and monuments', the Eiffel Tower, Musee d'Orsay, St-Germain-des-Pres, Notre Dame, Jardin des Plantes, Hotel de Ville, Louvre, and last but most certainly not least, the Champs-Elysees. My right index finger was on a full time job for that hour or so taking pictures left and right. Dad and mom were teasing me that I'd run out of room on my camera. We all deserved a goodnight's sleep after today's busy day.

      Disney Land – every kid's dream. But even better, it's in Paris! Even though every line, for anything was ridiculously long, it was worth it. I felt like a little girl again, I don't even think I blinked as much as I normally do because of how worried I was that I might miss something. If there's one thing Disney knows how to do, it's fireworks. No, not just one or two little puffs of fire in the air. Disney does the most spectacular, breath-taking, speechless, unforgettable, makes-you-want-to-cry-and-laugh-at-the-same-time, fireworks. Today, I am a Princess.

      Today's adventure is in Heidelberg, Germany – where I was born; this was the highlight of my trip, and plus, mom's folks live here too, so we get to visit them. Another amazing thing about Europe is that it has castles, and lots of them! The Heidelberg Castle is a little run down, but still oh so beautiful! The views from the balconies were movie-like. In order to get up to the castle, we had to ride an odd train that traveled slanted! The Heidelberger Berghahnen.

      Our last main attraction stop is in Hassloch, Germany. We came to the Holiday Park Amusement Park! It's a rainy, but very humid, day which means that the lines will be nice and short. And they were! My brother, Ryan, and I were running all over the place in excitement. My vacation to Europe was everything I hoped it would be and more. I couldn't be more grateful for my amazing family and this once in a lifetime opportunity. I can't wait to return to Europe for plenty more adventures!

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