getting ready to leave for Europe
As a part of the Miss Teen Canada Blogging Competition, delegates were asked to write a post about a dream vacation. If I could go anywhere in the world, I would choose Europe. Four years ago, my sister and I were fortunate enough to go on a trip to London, Paris, and Edinburgh with my Grandmother and Mother. We travelled to London first, staying there the longest; after London we went to Paris, then finished our time in the beautiful country of Scotland. My dream vacation would be to travel back to Europe with my sister. I feel like 3 weeks in Europe was a long time, but there is so much more that we wanted to see and do. I would take my sister on this
Big Ben in London
vacation with me, because she shares my passion for travel, my love for European culture, and she is my best friend. I always have the most fun when I am with Shawna, and she would be the perfect travelling partner because she is outgoing, knowledgable, and always makes the best out of situations. On our trip to Europe, we would visit London once again, but only for a few days. While in London, I would want to visit the Science Museum and the National Gallery, because I know that there is so much to learn and museums are the perfect place to be immersed in history and
Castel Sant' Angelo
discovery. After our time in London, it has always been my dream to travel to Italy. I would want to see the Castel S’ant Angelo, an ancient tomb of Emporor Hadrian that was built around 123AD. The feeling of wonder that surrounds landmarks like this is amazing, and I think the story behind the Castel S’ant Angelo is so interesting. While in Italy I would be sure to spend time in ancient Rome, visit the Vatican city, and eat spaghetti of course (my favourite)! Another country in Europe that I dream of going to is Switzerland. I would be sure to see the Swiss National Park and enjoy its 170 square kilometres of beauty, and the Castles of Bellinzona, the amazing architectural
structures built in the Alps. After Switzerland, I would want to return to the beautiful country of Scotland. This was the last destination on our previous trip to Europe, and the calming sense that accompanies the alluring nature of Scotland is very relaxing in comparison to the other busy countries of Europe. While visiting Scotland last time, we stayed in the Dallhousie Castle outside of Edinburg. This was a castle built around 1450 that is full of enchanting history. The rooms of the castle have been re-done to replicate what the rooms would have looked like hundreds of years ago, and each
room has a theme. Since I’ve already been here, it may be confusing as to why I would want to stay here again, but I have a good reason. One evening at this castle four years ago, my sister Shawna and I were wandering around the grounds taking in the beauty of it all. We began to walk down the road and in the distance, we saw an old abandoned church. It was obvious that this church was once a beautiful structure, but time had made it worn, and to me, a little creepy. Shawna insisted that we get closer and go adventure inside the church, but me, being the worrywart, told her we had to go back. To this day I still regret making her turn around, and I think adventuring inside the
mysterious church would have made a great story. So now, I think I owe it to Shawna to go back to Dallhousie Castle, find our abandoned church, pretend we’re still 13 and 14, and go for an adventure. From my past experience, travelling in Europe can be tiresome, and after three weeks I was ready to go home. I would want this vacation to be four weeks long, to allow us time to spend one week in each country. Europe is so full of amazing history, interesting culture, and unforgettable beauty. On my last trip to Europe I learned so many things, and I know that this trip I would uncover even more knowledge with my sister who is interested in the same thing.
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Castel Sant’ Angelo photo www.rome.info
Other photo’s are from my previous trip to Europe.