On September 12, 2018, a group of 34 people went to Nanchang in a special car and moved to Beijing by plane. The next morning, I boarded an Air France plane and flew to France in 12 hours, traveling more than 8,000 kilometers, starting my long-awaited journey through seven countries of Western Europe.
The 13th is longest day of our lives for most of us, and time difference between Paris and Beijing is 6 hours. The next morning, a tourist bus took us from French town of Vovapi, where we stayed, to Frankfurt, financial center of Germany, and in afternoon arrived in Prague, capital of Czech Republic. Whether it's St. Paul's Church Square in Frankfurt, Roman Forum or Old Town Square in Prague, we are overwhelmed by its vicissitudes, sophistication and grandeur. Of course, what really makes you think is "Golden Hall" Vienna deserves to be called musical capital of world.
Western European style
From Austria to Italy to south, arrived in Venice on afternoon of 16th and took a boat trip along Golden Canal. The most famous picturesque place is St. Mark's Basilica. Arrival in Rome next day. In Vatican, Michelangelo specialized in "St. Peter's Basilica" which allowed us to see what is best in world, and Colosseum in Rome, which is over 3000 years old, made us astounded. On way to Florence we stopped by a Tuscan wine castle in countryside. The host made us VIPs in a foreign country with delicious food and wine. The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence and statue of David by Michelangelo again struck our hearts.
Switzerland is heaven on earth. The green mountains and clear waters of Lucerne make people linger. On afternoon of 19th we boarded a small train to 1862 meter high Rigi Peak. Board Golden Mountain Pass tourist train next day, and snow-capped mountains, lakes, forests, meadows, and wooden houses in mountains are like beautiful pictures. At noon, a park in famous tourist town of Interlaken gave us a taste of joy of gods.
Finally back in Paris. Known as "King of Castle", Chambord is masterpiece of genius of Leonardo da Vinci. Too bad he couldn't get in because he only had looks. It was a worthwhile trip to enjoy night view of city and famous Eiffel Tower that night. On 22nd, it was sunny and sunny for many days, and it began to rain, but this did not affect visit to Palace of Versailles. There are so many tourists here that we queued for three hours at outer square before entering largest palace in Europe. Most of exhibition halls of palace are original oil paintings, which are extremely rare. The gate and fence are actually made of real gold, truly shining. In afternoon, pass by Arc de Triomphe and visit most famous Champs Elysees in world. The highlight of last day of trip is, of course, Louvre. Seeing Mona Lisa oil painting, Venus with a broken arm, and statue of Goddess of Victory, three world treasures, my wish came true!
On afternoon of 24th, he boarded a plane and returned home. A bright moon walks nearby, and white clouds float underfoot. We spent an unforgettable Mid-Autumn Festival night on plane. Arrived in Beijing early next morning and reached home safely same night. From what I saw during this trip, although countries of Western Europe are highly civilized, although their natural conditions are good, and their economic development is strong, China is best in world. This is our common aspiration!