On our first night in Avignon, we had some free time near the hostel, so we went to explore a little bit and saw the city at night which was so pretty. The next day, in the morning, we headed to Pont du Gard, and then had free time in Avignon city. At lunch, we went to a sit down restaurant and Cherry ordered *Les moules* and then admitted she had no idea what she had just ordered. She got a huge pot full of mussels and ended up liking it which was good. Afterwards, we went to the actual Avignon bridge and I taught the song **Sur le pont d'Avignon** to Cherry and Emily and we were signing it on the bridge which was a lot of fun. The city was really beautiful and we had such good weather.
We spent a couple of hours in Monaco on the way to France. The Grand Prix was on, and that meant that most of the streets giving a nice view on the city were closed, to stop people from seeing the grand prix withou paying I guess. That was a bit of a dissapointment and it was also raining. We basically took refuge at a train staion and were on snapchat. The day before we were in Verona and Emmaby who loves Taylor Swift kept playing the song Love Story. So I guess I ended up signing it in the train station in Monaco, and my dear friend Emily sent me to the Monaco snapchat story, and I somehow managed to get featured. I ended up with 4K people seeing me sing a T Swift song.... It was actually so hilarious when we found out I had been featured in our hostel in Avignon.
We left Vienna early in the morning and drove to Italy. The drive there was so beautiful since we were driving along the mountains. We arrived at our hotel in Lido di Jesolo and went to the beach for a while. Our hotel was right on the beach so it was really easy to go there.
The next day, we went to Venice!! We took a boat to go there and it was so nice. The weather was great and it was so warm. Venice was beautiful. We walked in the city and took a gondola which was really fun. We also found a place selling cheap juices and fruit which were really good. We ate some pizza and gelato and they tasted so good, especially the pizza. There were a lot of tourists there but Venice still took my breath away. After we were back at the hotel, the rotarians told us we were going to a disco, which we all found very funny. We got ready and went to the club which was basically just open for us. The music they were playing was terrible so some exchange students asked if we could play the playlist we were listening to in the bus, so it became a bit more fun. We didin't stay that long in the club, and we went to walk on the beach which was nice.
The third day in Italy was a day off, which meant we could do what we wanted to. We spent the day on the beach relaxing which was so nice after so many days of constant walking and exploring cities. We went to buy some pizza and ate it on the beach and it was really good. We also swam and slept on the beach. At night, the rotarians organised a volleyball tournament which my team suprisingly won.
The next day, we headed to Verona. Unfortunately we got stuck in a traffic jam so we didin't have much time in Verona at all. We just went to the coliseum and to see Juliette's apartment. After that, we drove to a new hotel in Italy which was closer to our next destination. Monaco. Italy was so nice, definitely some of the best days of my Eurotour so far. I would love to go back there someday and see more of this country.
After Prague, we headed to the beautiful city of Vienna. We got there around mid day and went to Schonbrunn castle. We had about an hour there and just wandered around the castle. Unfortunately they were setting up some kind of huge tent for a concert that was gonna take place there, so there was a lot of construction and fences everywhere. It was still pretty though. After diner, we went into the city to explore a little bit and we ended up chilling a little bit in a park and had a lot of fun! On the way back, a storm started and we all got soaked! Also, I somehow managed to get paint all over my arm and a part of my jeans which was quite weird.
The next day, we had a little tour of the city which included the Hundertwasser House, Sisi’s Summer Palace and the center of the city. After that, we were free and decided to go to the Belvedere which I remembered was a beautiful art museum. The artworks were remarquable, especially some of Gustav Klimt's pieces. After dinner, Emily and I headed back into town and went to Stadtpark and made some temporary art tattoos we had gotten at Belevedere. It was a lot of fun. That was it for Vienna, we were quite unlucky with the weather but this city full of art and history was nevertheless a great stop on Eurotour.
We left Berlin early in the morning Sunday to go to Prague. On the way there, we stopped at Theresienstadt concentration camp. We had a guided tour there. It was interesting even though I had already been there. After that we drove to Prague and got there around supper time. We ate at the hotel and the food wasn't great. Then, we had the right to go to the city but had to figure out the tram system. This would have been easy, but the ticket machine at the hotel was not working so before getting a tram we had to find another ticket machine. Emily, Cherry, and Emmaby ( a newbie from Australia ) finally found a machine and headed to town. We went to the old town and it was so beautiful at night. We also has one of the famous pastries from Prague and it was so good. The only problem was that afterwards, we had to figure out how to get back and we took a tram that was not going all the way to our stop like it did when we took it into the city. So we had to walk a lot before finding our hotel and ended up being the last ones back there, but it was all ok and funny.
The next day, we had a guided tour and we went to the Prague Castle and to the Old town again. It was really nice and Prague is so beautiful. At lunch time, we saw that a street food vendor was selling potatoes with cabbage and bacon for about 50 ckk. ( maybe 2 euros??). So we all ordered it. Emily was the first one in line and when she went to pay, the guy asked her for 390 ckk ( maybe 16€??) and she paid it. Then when I got mine I was really surprised and asked the guy why it was so expensive and he said it's because the price was per 100 gr. I asked if i could have less and he said it was one portion only. I told him I wasn't gonna pay that and just left, but Emily was stuck with hers. We all ate it together and calculated that we had received about 800 gr. of potatoes. It was a real scam and was pretty annoying but we ended up laughing a lot about it. After that, we decided to go to the grocery and bought some watermelon and ice cream and went to share it in a park. The park was pretty and it was nice to get away from the extreme heat for a little while. We also made flower crowns and listened to some music. Then, it was time to head back to the hotel to eat. After supper, the Rotarians told us they were bringing us to a "water and lights show". I didn't know what to expect at all, but basically it was held in what looked to be an old abandoned circus place and it was some kind of fountain throwing water with lights illuminating it. Also, it was "pop music" theme and they only played songs from three artists; one direction, Rihanna and pink. It was really funny to think that we were just staring at water all night. That was it for Prague, there was a lot of funny adventures and I became really good friends with Emily and Emmaby (I already knew Cherry really well but not these two) so it was really nice!!
I'm now on Eurotour so I was thinking I would do a post for every city/country I visited and put some pictures.
The first place we went to was Berlin. We left early Friday morning and got there just before supper time. During Eurotour we mostly always eat supper all together, so on the first night it was pizza and pasta. After that, we had some time to explore the city. I was with Cherry (from Taiwan) and Emily (from New-Zealand). We walked around the area of the hostel and saw the Berlin Dom Kirke. We also had some ice cream and then went back to the hostel. The next day, we had a little guided tour in the morning. We saw the Berlin Wall, the Bradenburg Gate, the Jewish memorial and more. After that we were free again and went to Checkpoint Charlie and ate some curry wurst. We also went back to the gate to get some more pictures. then at night we all ate at a german restaurant and the meal was currywurst yet again! But that was ok cause the one we had at lunch was better than the one they gave us at supper. We left early the next morning for the next city. Berlin was amazing and it was one of the cities I was most looking forward to cause I'd never been there, and it didin't disappoint. Here are some of the many pictures!! By the way, for this post and the other posts of Eurotour, the good quality pictures are from Emily, because she has a really good camera and is really good at taking pictures of everything we see and do so thanks Emily!!
Tomorrow I am going on Eurotour so I just wanted to put up these pictures from what I've been doing recently! Friday it was my last real day of school which shows how fast the time has gone! Then, this weekend, I went to Copenhagen for Declan's birthday party. Then, I went to sleep at Abbie's house and we baked cookies with Luiza. It was really fun! Monday, I hung out with Mathilde, Klara and Sara. Mathilde is a huge Justin Trudeau fan, so my mom sent me an autographed picture of him to give to her. She was soo happy! I gave all of them a canadian flag and we took some pictures and played with them and the Justin picture. It was so funny! I will miss hanging out with these three girls a lot! Yesterday I met up with Peter and Cherry in Næstved and we hung out at the storecenter for a little while. Now I need to get ready for eurotour and I am just so excited!! Hej hej!!
Thisweekend the weather was really beautiful!! It was so sunny and around 20degrees. On Saturday, I went to the beach with Javier. We went to Enø Strand,which is just about 15 minutes away from Næstved. It is so cool to have such abeautiful beach right near where I go to school. We walked a bit on the beachand got ice cream. It was so good!
Then, on Sunday, a couple from Rotary (Marianneand Jen) had invited me to go to Møns Klint with them. It took about an hour todrive down to Møn (a little island where the cliffs are). Then, we had to godown about 500 steps to the cliffs. We walked along them for a while and theywere so pretty! So huge and beautiful with the color or the water and the bluesky we had. After that we had to go back up the 500 stairs which was not so funbut it was definitely worth it. After that we went to a little city and I ateice cream again. Ice cream is really popularin Denmark in the summer time and it tastes so good. Anyways, it was reallynice of Marianne and Jens to invite me to see these cliffs and I am so happythat the weather is good again!!
Wednesday I went to Roskilde with the exchange students form my school. It was supposed to be all six of us, but Peter was in Prague and Javier's house got broken into, so it was Alberto, Paula, Mason and I. We went there with the one that is in charge of us in the school, Allan. We took the train and then started in the Viking museum. It was really fun and we tried viking clothes and saw real viking ships that had been found in the Roskilde waters. We also bumped in to some of the district 1470 Rotary exchange students because they were on a trip to the museum. Then, we went to the church of Roskilde, which is where many of the danish kings and queens tombs are. When we were done with that, we went to a café and drank some really good smoothies. We also ate churros which were soo delicious. It was a great day and the weather is getting so much better now! I think this day was the first day I didin't need to wear my winter coat!! I really hope the weather stays this way!
Friday night, I went to Copenhagen with my host parents. We started off by eating at a really good Italian restaurant and then we went to Tivoli. We saw the musical Hairspray there and it was really good! It was all in Danish and the music and songs were great. Then, when the musical was over, it was Fredags Rock! That's something that happens some fridays in Tivoli, and it it when a musical artist comes to perform. This time it was a swedish band called Bo Kaspers Opera and it was really nice music. It was a great evening and I'm really happy that my host parents wanted to take me there!!
On Saturday, my uncle Kevin was in Denmark, so I met up with him, his wife Louise and my two cousins Ashling and Maeve. We walked a bit around the city to see Rosenborg and Nyhavn. Then, we went to Christiansborg and went up the tower. We also spent quite a bit of time in the National Museum because they had a cool kids' section. It was a really nice day! I also went to a really cool coffee shop called the Dome of Visions that is a really interesting architectural project of a huge dome and it was turned into a place where you can drink coffee or beer and read about the project. It was so nice inside with many plants and was full of people. After that, I went to Abbie's house to sleep there so we could also spend the Sunday together.
On Sunday, we went to the National Museum again to take some pictures in a Japanese photobooth! It was so funny how they made your eyes really big and your skin really pale. After that, we wandered around in the city and the weather was soo nice! We also went to the botanical gardens and had some iced drinks at baresso. It was a lovely day.
That was it for this weekend, hej hej!