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When I first went onto the airplane I was really nervous for I have never been in an airplane before. As the airplane started to rise I began to settle down and was very excited for what will lie ahead of me in this trip to Europe.

In my trip to Europe I saw so many thing that I read about in school. When we arrived in London I was so excited and didn't know where to start. I was so frustrated at the painfully slow process of passport check and customs, and then I started to think about what would I do when I finally get out of here. Will I go to Piccadilly's Circus, to The London Tower, the Globe Theater, the witnessing of a guard change, and so on. I was so anxious that I decided to see them all. Well all them were great but little things in London stuck with me.

For example the fact that I actually saw a public urinal, had to pay about a quarter to go bathroom, that every ten minute there is rain showers, the side shows, and especially the high price of soda. You could go literally go broke if you were t drink soda as if you drank it at home! In Paris we took a cruise down the Seine River and saw a small model of the Statue of Liberty in which the French had given to us. The next day we went to the Lourve, which is a very large museum. There is fifteen miles of hallway in it. Well needless to say I wanted to go see the Mona Lisa. It took about three hours to find it (not an exaggeration) and when we got to it, there has a huge mob of people around it. Well I first presented myself with the fact that to see it I would have to get to the front. Luckily I found some very determined Japanese people and needless to say I got right up to the very front and saw it. One thing I think most people overlook is the fact of how much security there is to protect it. There is a container within a container within a container just to protect it from any ultraviolet rays that could fade the colors, and to add to that there is a well hidden vault about two feet thick! The one thing that will stick in my head about Paris is the Eiffel Tower that is huge. You can see it from anywhere in Paris. In fact most people native to Paris find the Tower to be an eye sore. When we were taking a tour of the Eiffel Tower our guide who was from Paris said that his favorite place to eat was the Restaurant inside the Eiffel Tower, only because that was the only place in the city he could look out and not see the Eiffel Tower.

Next we went to Switzerland. There we stayed at a charming family owned hotel. It was really nice to get away from the city and into a nice quaint Village. Switzerland is every thing. The people here a very friendly, the scenery is to die for, and I actually walked on a Cobblestone road. The next few days were paradise. I went to a top of a mountain and went to Zermatt, which doesn't allow cars. There we went to a sightseeing place where you could see a perfect view of the Matter horn. This is where someone took my picture.

Next we went to Innsbruck in Austria. This was the place in which they held two Winter Olympics. Innsbruck is also Known for a crystal shop called the Schevocky's which had the most beautiful exhibits of crystal I had ever seen . The next day we went to Venice. In Venice are group went to a Glass blowing factory and saw how they make these wonderful creations of art. The glass inside the gift shop has so beautiful and not to mention expensive. Then we toured Saint Mark's Cathedral. the ceiling inside is made of mosiacs of pieces of gold. Venice is very crowded and has a large population of pigeons. A local legend there says that if one is blesses by a pigeon that one will return. According to that legend, I am going to return. From there we went to Germany to spend the last few days of our trip. We went to a town called Rothenburg. In Rotenburg, there is a large store full of Christmas ornaments called Kathie bara. I spent at least an hour in there meandering in the aisles looking at the ornaments. I have never in my life thought I would see anything that beautiful. Rothenburg is full of interesting myths and one is about how the mayor saved is town drinking beer. Well they made a clock tower to honor him. Right below this clock tower is where put on the last of five concerts. The next day I went on a journey of returning home. As I was in the plane and on the bus I thought how lucky I was to be able to go on this trip and how lucky I was to be helped to pay for this trip. Thank you to all who helped in fundraising for my trip, and a special thanks to the ,

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