this past spring break, I had the opportunity to go to Europe. Cape
Hatteras Secondary School art teacher Justin Paxton and his wife Alex
Paxton took a group of students to Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
It was a wonderful experience. We visited many castles and saw much
First, we flew to Germany, then Switzerland, and
then Austria. In Germany, we visited the Heidelberg Castle, which was
beautiful and had a quite magnificent view, as well as Neuschwanstein,
which is one of the most visited castles in Europe and which was the
inspiration for Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle. We also went to
many different cities in Germany, which were really interesting to walk
around. They even had a Subway and a McDonalds! I got to try different
and unique foods, too. For example, I got to taste schnitzel, which is
a tasty ham and cheese mixture inside a fried exterior. We also went to
the city of Munich in Germany. It was definitely one of my favorite
places in Germany, because of the historic architecture. Walking around
Munich was astonishing!
Next, we drove to Switzerland. We went to the
Swiss Alps, and the view from the mountains was gorgeous! We
visited Lucerne, known for its medieval architecture, and we also went
to the Rigi Mountains, and Kapellbrucke, which is a grand stone water
tower and bridge with a decorated roof and the Lion Monument - a dying
lion carved into a rock dedicated to war heroes.
Finally, our last stops were in Austria. We
visited Salzburg, the main setting in the “Sound of Music,” where we
also toured cathedrals and numerous shopping tents where we could
purchase handmade crafts and art. We also visited Vienna, where we
viewed the Schonbrunn Palace, and we traveled to Erdberg, where we saw
the famed colorful windows.
Overall, I am glad that I got to enjoy this
experience, especially with everyone who went. My favorite part of the
trip had to be Austria. I just fell in love with the multiple cities we
strolled through, and the architecture of the country. Traveling to
these stunning cities will always be one of my favorite and most
memorable trips. What an amazing opportunity this was!
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