Auf Wiedersehen Europe!

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Compared to my last two weeks, my life in America seems extremely boring. As some of you may already know, I just returned from a two week journey throughout Europe. In a very short time I was able to visit five countries, and it was one of the best experiences of my life. Each day was a new journey, and way to learn about the world around us. I tasted some of the best deserts I've ever head, stood 7000 feet above the world, and saw some of the greatest art in existence.



We started out in London, visiting Piccadilly Circus and exploring the various cafes and shops. Then making our way to Trafalgar Square, enjoying the sunlight and looking at the artwork in The National Gallery. Being surrounded by art and monuments, I felt like I was where I belonged. But all good things must come to an end, so we said goodbye to London, to move onto the fashion capital of the world...Paris!
Everywhere you turn in Paris, there is something more beautiful than the sight before. The shopping was fantastic, and the lattes were even better. Paris gave me the same feeling that I have while in New York City, a little stressed but extremely happy. We started our two day journey at The Louvre, where I was able to see the art we discussed each day in my art history class, which was an experience I'll treasure. The next day we stopped at the the cheesy tourist destinations, such as the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe. We then toured the Versailles Palace, which I've decided is what my next home will look like, complete with the extensive gardens.
Next stop: Switzerland, which was by far my favorite stop on my trip. The view from my hotel alone was breathtaking, never mind the view we got from the top of Mt.Pilatus. Everything about Switzerland is peaceful, and if offered I would move there in a heartbeat. For the majority of our stay we lived in Lucerne, just a short walk away from the beautiful Lake Lucerne, where we spent a good amount of time skipping rocks. 
After leaving Switzerland, our 14 day journey was soon coming to a close, with only two stops left, Germany and Austria. We started our time in Germany at the castle which inspired the Disney logo, Castle Neuschwanstein. The rest of our day was spent traveling to Munich, where we had a traditional dinner. The second day in Germany was a more somber day, since we visited the concentration camp Dachau. It was a very sobering experience being there, and was extremely eye opening. 
Our last two days of the trip, we spent traveling about Austria. Our first stop was in Salzburg, where we visited the exact staircase where The Sound of Music was filmed! The next day we spent  in Vienna, where we visited Schonnbrunn Palace, then went into the center of the city to shop and eat. We also visited yet another art museum, The Albertina! Here we saw works by Durer, and even Picasso. By the time the sky turned dark it was the end of our amazing journey, and almost time to leave Europe. We spent the night playing cards and reminiscing about our favorite moments. Now my next adventure will begin...graduating high school! 
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