Hey! Lets go to London and Paris today! - My Family Travels


Can you imagine what it would be like to be in London during the craziness of the royal wedding? I can because I was actually there! I went on a school trip to London and Paris the week before the royal wedding. The royal wedding was as commercialized as Obama’s inauguration. Everywhere I looked I would see Kate and William’s face plastered on T-shirts, plates, and flags. But that’s not why I went. I went on this trip because I dreamed of visiting London and Paris and to live to tell the stories of my adventures.

I will always remember the first time I landed in London. I woke up to the midday sunlight streaming through my window and the pilot welcoming us to London and telling us it was suppose to be a very beautiful day. My cousin Dani and I were sitting next to each other and we could hardly contain our excitement! We had been planning this trip for over a year and to finally be there was just surreal. Once we got off the plane, we met our lovely tour guide, Freddy. He had a strong French accent and just had a very upbeat personality. We quickly went to our hotels and waited for the other schools we would be traveling with to arrive. Our first night out in London was extremely memorable. It was Free hug day in London so everywhere we went, I would receive hugs from many good looking British people.  There was also a free concert going on called “Freak Deaky Dutch”. Dani and I met some nice people covered in all orange that were very friendly. After all this we went to grab some fish and chips. I learned that day that chips really are French fries and they are delicious! I could definitely adjust to being here.

As the days passed we visited some exciting sites in London including Big Ben, the London Tower, Abbey Road, Westminster Abbey, and we even took a “Jack the Ripper” tour. The atmosphere of London was just so warming and friendly it was too hard to leave behind. But we had to go because along with this trip we had to visit the wonderful city of Paris, the city of love.  Paris the city was just so aesthetically beautiful in every way, except its people. I am not saying the people were ugly, but they were not friendly.  Lots of people were not glad that I couldn’t understand them. But aside from all that, I did have a good time. I met some interesting people, like Yen. Dani and I met Yen on a bus. He tried to flirt with me but seeing as he knows little English it was very hard to do so. For every single meal, I had crepes. They were a weakness of mine and cheap too. I also got to see the Eiffel Tower, which is so gorgeous at night when it is all lit up, almost like magic. I went underground to visit the Catacombs; I have never seen so many dead bodies in my life! Everywhere I turned was a pile of bones and skulls, but it had to be one of the coolest things I had ever seen.  

My trip to London and Paris will always be memorable because it showed me that this world is full of beautiful sites. I learned that life is too short to waste staying in the same place the whole time. I want to go out and experience the world and everything it has to offer.  

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