My mother had always dreamed of going to England ever since she was a little girl. Some thirty or more years later, that time had finally come. My mother was taking the family to England. At first I was a little skeptical. I had no idea what to expect from another country. Will I like it? Will I have a good time? Little did I know, this would be the vacation of a lifetime. For months, my family and I began planning before everything started to come together. Now it was really getting exciting and I couldn't wait to get there. Finally, April 20, 2011 had arrived and my family and I boarded our plane to London, England.
"This is amazing!" I thought, looking out of my window on the plane as we started to descend. Everything looked so beautiful, and I wasn't even on the ground yet. At that moment, I knew this was going to be unforgetable. When we landed, took a taxi to our hotel, and started to learn the lay of the land, I was so fascinated with all the history that filled up the streets the London. Being from New Jersey and frequently visiting New York City, I was only familiar with cities that had little to no history. As the days went on, my family and I had covered so much ground. We visited the London Eye, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, and the British Muesum.
Then, suddenly, my father had the brilliant idea of taking a train to Paris, France and having a tour of the beautiful city. We did some researching and learned that a train from London to Paris is only about two hours away. "Great!" We thought. This is the perfect opportunity to visit more then just one country in one vacation. So we booked a train to Paris, and off we went. While arriving in Paris, we noticed the beautiful architecture of the old buildings. It was amazing. We visited the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, and took a boat tour on the Seine River. Paris was just as glamourous and beautiful as in the movies. I couldn't believe I was there. Me, an average girl from New Jersey, enjoying the scenery of Paris, France.
Returning back to London that night, exhausted, and so thankful to have experienced such a wonderful day in Paris, we headed right to bed considering we had more adventurous days ahead of us. The next few days we spent on tours of England, visiting Stone Henge, Roman Baths, Oxford, Stratford Upon Avon, and the cutest little villiage, known as Lacock. Heading away from the city of London was lovely. As we traveled farther into the countryside, the scenery was even more beautiful then I have ever imagined. After spending a few days on the tours of the countryside, we only had a day left to finish exploring the city of London.
Our final morning in London was very emotional. I couldn't imagine leaving this beautiful city. Thinking of returning to New Jersey made tears come to my eyes. I will never forget my incredible experience in London and Paris, and I owe it all to my mother who allowed my family and myself to enjoy such a wonderful vacation. Arriving at the airport and boarding the plane back home was so upsetting. Watching out the window as the plane took off, I knew that there will always be a place for me in Europe.
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