My last holiday

My last holiday

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My last holiday

My last holiday was a five-day trip to Prague in the Czech Republic. I know Prague well because I lived there when I was at university, more than ten years ago.

Instead of staying in a hotel, I stayed with one of my old friends. It was so much fun, and a little bit like my old life. I wanted to do all the same things I did in my university days, so I visited the university. It has changed a lot and looks more modern. I also went to the supermarket near my old house. I loved seeing all the different foods. I was really happy to find my favourite cheese and chocolate biscuits but they were a bit more expensive than I remember!

We did some touristy things too. We walked up beautiful Petrin Hill and around the castle. The views of the city are amazing up there. We walked across the historic Charles Bridge. My friend's flat is very near the TV Tower so we saw the famous baby statues climbing up it. Those things haven't changed, of course.


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Submitted by BookishVibe on Tue, 15/09/2020 - 22:59

The last time I flew in a plane was 2 years ago. I always fly economy class. I’ve never been upgraded. I always choose a window seat, so that I can enjoy the view, but my mom chooses an aisle seat because she can get up and walk around easily. I flew to Moscow to visit my close friend. I got a direct flight, so the flight took only 1 hour, and I didn’t have jet-lag. I arrived at Vnukovo International airport, and a friend of mine was waiting for me. We met and went to my friend’s house. The next day we went sightseeing; the first place we visited was, of course, Red Square. We saw a lot of interesting landmarks: Kremlin, Lenin’s Mausoleum, Alexander Gardens. I was incredibly amazed by the views, and took lots of pictures of them. On the second day we went to Tsaritsyno museum. We walked around the park, then we went to Grand Palace. We saw antique things that belonged to Catherine the Great: like dressing-gowns with cuffs and buttons, decorated with rhinestones, jewellery that made of brass and leather.

Submitted by shironeiko on Sat, 05/09/2020 - 10:54

I went to cat ba island last year. It's so amazing with fresh, cool beach and beautiful nature. I went to national garden, walking and seeing sceneries, and of course, took some photos. At night, I can't miss the night market, walking around and window shoping. Some street games are great, it helped people closer together.

Submitted by aml96 on Thu, 20/08/2020 - 17:18

my last holiday was last year i went to portsudan with my colleague we are studying at atbra city it takes 6 hours to portsudan we rented a bus we song many traditional and modern songs all the road we took drum with us we stayed in a hotel near the red see we had fun all day at the morning we drank tea in the hotel with all my friends we visited different places like red see university it is very big and there was many collage and had many participation in sea life researches we also visited museum of the sea life we saw amazing fish with different shape and size we take nice picture with sea creatures every day we went the beach and we saw blue sea and fresh air there was many cafes near the sea they made delicious coffee i never drink in all may life

Submitted by Rinaa on Wed, 19/08/2020 - 23:46

My last holiday was a 10day trip to Tirana in Albania. I know Tirana because I have lived there when I was at University, for four years. Instead of staying at the hotel, I stayed at my ex roommate's house. Her life has changed a lot since our last meeting. She got married and became a mother of two wonderful children. I wanted to enjoy a little of my student life, so I went to university. I looked to meet my favorite teacher, and it was sad to see how old and weak he was, but his advice still came to me so helpful. I did some touristy things too. I walked up to Taiwan and around the city, and that feeling reminds me of my first kiss there. Small city fulfill with memories.

Submitted by Nanami Tsuchiya on Wed, 12/08/2020 - 05:36

My last holiday was a two-days trip to Atami in Shizuoka with my friend. First day, we rented a car and drove high speed. It was very far from our city where is Saitama to Atami. Maybe it took 3 hours or more. When we arrived city, we went to Osakana Syokudou to have lunch. we had big and good Kaisendon. Next, we bought Atami Pudding that famous sweets in this area and ate it at near beach. It was so good, so we bought it again next day. Then at night, we staying at a hotel. We could choice a Yukata that Japanese pajama and took a hot spring. We didn't have dinner because lunch time was late so we were not hungry. Second day, morning, we had good breakfast in a hotel and went to get Atami Pudding. Next, we departed Atami and went to Ikea in Saitama. My friend and I live alone, so we wanted to buy furniture and daily necessities. My friend bought desk to study and I bought sofa. We could buy what we was looking for. I spend good time in two-days trip. I was able to refresh.

Submitted by jhn__26 on Wed, 12/08/2020 - 04:03

I stayed with my friends at a hotel in Tokyo from last Saturday to Sunday and had a women's party.My friend and I live in Tokyo. I heard that “a new and modern hotel was built in Ikebukuro in July”, so I stayed there, and it was a very simple room and very stylish. It cost less than 10,000 yen for two people, and it was very reasonable. We were both in the middle of a test period, so we brought in computers and did some assignments in the room or in the cafe at the front desk of the hotel. Unlike me, my friend goes to an art college, so the content of the assignment was fresh. After finishing the assignment, I went out to buy dinner and ate it in the room for takeout. I bought Western-style side dishes such as carpaccio. We both like Korea, so we watched Korean movies over dinner. The time was elegant and calm. I was talking and playing all the time without worrying about the time, but it was four o'clock in the morning. Time passed so quickly that I wished it would last forever. I was very happy spending time with my best friends.

Submitted by Hibiki Sato on Tue, 11/08/2020 - 19:44

My last vacation was from February to March. But by this time the coronavirus had already spread around the world, so I couldn't travel anywhere very far. Therefore, the memories of spending time at home every day are more vivid than the memories of going out. But I wasn't home every day; I did work part-time twice a week, so I was never out of the house. But I hadn't had this many days off in a very long time to spend so many days at home, so it felt like a new experience. It had been a long time since I had spent so many days at home, so I felt fresh and new, and I could relax at home and get rid of all the fatigue I had experienced.But I'm hoping that by next year the coronavirus will be over and I can go hang out with my friends because it's not very fun to be on vacation without being able to go out at all.

Submitted by Phan Bao Dung on Fri, 07/08/2020 - 10:32

My last holiday was a ten-day trip to my hometown on Lunar New Year. I lived there with my parents and three siblings until I went to university in Ho Chi Minh City where far 1000 km from there. My parents wanted to make our house look more beautiful at the festival. So we had to clear and decorate it. I loved to go shopping with my mom to prepare for the festival. We bought a lot of food, new clothes, flowers, and plants. On Lunar New Year's Day, my family gathered together, gave each other good wishes, shared old stories, gave our children some “lucky money”, and visited our relatives..., so it is easy to understand why I expected this festival so much.

Submitted by Takaya on Tue, 04/08/2020 - 21:28

My last long vacation was from February to May of this year. In the beginning of February, I went to Osaka and Kyoto for a two-night, three-day trip. On the first day, we visited Kyoto's traditional shrines and temples. I went with my family to the places I visited during my high school excursion. After all, I thought that the rock garden at Ryoanji is very attractive. The hotel of the day was a new hotel in Kyoto so it was very luxurious and had a traditional atmosphere. On the second day, I went to USJ. I was really surprised at the latest attraction using VR technology. I bought a matching key chain as a souvenir for my friend. On the third day, I ate Kushikatsu and Takoyaki in Osaka and went home. After that, due to the spread of coronavirus infection, I could not go out and travel. When the spread of coronavirus infection has come to an end, I would like to travel to Kyoto and Osaka again. I want to travel to Hyogo in addition to my next trip, so I would like to make a travel plan.