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Which country would you like to visit?

Posted: October 20, 2008 6:08 p.m.
Updated: December 22, 2008 5:00 a.m.
First place

The place I would love to visit is Italy. Italy is a beautiful place with many ancient cities.

The piano comes from Italy, and as I play piano, I would love to see the old magnificent pianos the cathedrals would have.

If I journeyed there, one of the first things I would do is have some original Italian ice cream.

After that I would ride over to see Pompeii and actually visit the ancient ruins of that city and see Mt. Vesuvius for myself.

I would then take a trip over to Pisa and see that famous tower.

One of the cities I would most enjoy journeying to is Rome. Rome is an ancient city that was founded by Romulus.

In Rome is St. Peter's Basilica. This great building is the center of Christianity. The grandeur of the building's interior shows wealth of the Catholic Church in the 16th century. St. Peter's is the largest church in the world and it would be very exciting to actually be inside it.

I also wouldn't miss the chance to visit the Coliseum. To be able to see the remnants of this incredible building would be amazing. The Coliseum was the place where the people of Rome held many events ranging from animal shows to gladiator fights.

I would also try to visit the Appian Way, one of the roads that existed when the ancient Romans still lived and traveled. Rome is the largest city in Italy and would be very fun to visit.

Of all Italy, I want to take a gondola all over Venice. Venice is one of the oldest, most beautiful cities in Italy, other than Rome.

Venice plays host to many celebratory festivals where everyone wears fun and crazy costumes.

One of these events includes the Carnevale, which is before Lent. I would love to visit during one of those celebrations.

Venice has many statues that have stood for years, many of which are lions. St. Mark's Basilica, meaning The Church of God, is also located in Venice. It is home to an enormous golden altar measuring 40 square feet and gilt with thousands and thousands of jewels.

Venice canals are bordered by the town's buildings themselves and the lights of the town brighten up the city and give it a fairytale look.

At night, Venice becomes an enchanted wonderland to all dwelling there. The gondolas are still hand-powered and have the same effect as they did 50 years ago.

Italy is a beautiful country that would make a memorable traveling experience for anyone.

Julia Howell
Grade 8
Trinity Classical Academy

Second place

If I could go anywhere in the world, I would go to Australia.

If I visited Australia, the first thing I would do would take a safari tour through the dazzling, wild Outback. I have always wished I could see the Outback in all its unmatched beauty.

It would also be great to look through the famous Sydney Opera House. The only time I've seen it was in pictures.

To snorkle in the Great Barrier Reef would also be grand. To swim among all the colorful coral and sparkling blue ocean water would surely be wonderful.

And lastly, and most of all, I would wish to see the zoo that was founded by my hero, Steve Erwin. May his memory live on forever in our hearts.

Mia Altman
Grade 8
Trinity Classical Academy

Third place

Where in the world would I like to go? That was the baffling question I found myself asking constantly that Wednesday afternoon after it had been assigned as the writing homework due that Friday. I thought and I thought.

After all of those days I had sat in class wishing I was somewhere else and all of the projects that I have been so determined to finish and get over with, I had been missing the entirely majestic and beautiful ... Egypt.

Egypt is where I destined to travel one day. To experience the adventure that I had read and studied about since the second grade.

How amazing it would be to drive around and see a massive pyramid, although torn and broken by the many years of decay, still precious when you take in the work and labor of thousands of Egyptians.

To see the Nile River, the longest river in the world, flowing before Jesus' time and turned to blood by God's servant Moses.

I have never began to think of the marvels of Egypt. So many things have happened in Egypt.

Their history is known to all. But especially of the great and powerful pharaoh that ruled over all of Egypt and how he worked the Israelites to death by making them build the gargantuan statue of his face, pyramids and giant sphinxes out of stone. They did not have the tools of our time, but they still managed to make the unimaginable things that we wouldn't think of making today.

I hope to see Egypt and its wonders, the culture and the marvelous sights that make Egypt what it is today.

Emily Kim
Grade 8
Trinity Classical Academy

I would like to go to Japan. I want to go because I am a quarter Korean, and Korea and Japan have a lot of intertwined history, like in World War II when Japan had taken over Korea.

Also, Japan is one of the older countries in the world. It would be nice to travel there because you would get to see some of the unique architecture of the ancient world. Japan also is home to many people who work in the high-tech business world, but live in old houses.

Lastly, Japan has sushi in abundance. Sushi has been around since the Murumachi period (1336-1573).

So, if you eat sushi, you are eating a food that has been around for hundreds of years. If it has been around that long and people still love it, it must have historical value.

Caleb Bae
Grade 7
Trinity Classical Academy


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