5 Great Trips in 2014

2014 was a great year for travelling for my family and I, and here are 5 of the best places that we went to that year, in chronological order.

  1. Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

In April 2014, the whole of our family, the Appelquist Family, came to Fort Lauderdale for a reunion. The weather there was sunny and warm (even though it rained cats and dogs on the main day we were there), and that was one of the reasons I liked going to Florida. I also liked the hotel we stayed at: the Hotel Lago Mar. There was a nice restaurant and a huge outdoor pool which I enjoyed swimming in, but my favourite part was walking on the beach with all my family members. While we were there, we were lucky enough to watch a giant cruise ship depart!

A Gigantic Cruise Ship
A Gigantic Cruise Ship
  1. Washington DC, USA

After spending a weekend in Florida, we went to Washington DC to visit my Mom’s mother. While my Mom stayed at my grandmother’s house, my Dad, sister and I went into town and saw some of the sights and museums. To get there, we drove to the nearest metro station, and then got on a metro train that took us into the city. Firstly, we went to the Natural History Museum, which had an exhibit on dinosaurs, and you could see palaeontologists working in a lab! Afterwards, we walked to the National Gallery of Art, which houses lots of paintings and sculptures from the 19th Century and modern times. Next, we went to the Air and Space Museum, where there were lots of exhibits about airplanes and space shuttles. We also saw famous Washington Landmarks such as the Capitol Building and the 169-metre-tall (554 feet) Monument.

The Capitol Building
The Capitol Building
  1. Northumberland, England

In the summer of 2014, we (my Mom, Dad and sister) met up with my mum’s friend, from Boston on the east coast of the USA, and her family in Glasgow, Scotland. We stayed there for a night, and the next day, we all drove to Northumberland, where we stayed in one half of a house in Kilham, a tiny village with just a few other houses. On our first day there, we went to Berwick-upon-Tweed, a seaside town where we saw a city wall and had the best fish and chips. Another day, we went on a long hike from a town called Kirknewton, and the instructions we followed took us through areas of ferns and heather and up a 361-metre-high (1,184 feet) hill. That night, we had a delicious dinner at a restaurant at a hotel in Cornhill-on-Tweed. While we were there, we also saw some pheasants, some very beautiful birds, whilst driving in our car.

The Northumberland Countryside
The Northumberland Countryside
  1. Haarlem, Holland

For October half term of 2014, I went on my first trip to a foreign country without my parents! I was nervous and excited to go, but I ended up having a fabulous time. I went with my choir to Holland and we sang at two concerts: one in Haarlem (a city just west of Amsterdam), and one in Zandvoort (a town on the coast). To get there, I got on a coach with the rest of my choir, to Harwich, and then we got on an overnight ferry to Holland! The coach then took us to Haarlem. As soon as we got there, we went to the Frans Hals Museum, which had lots of 17th century portraits by Frans Hals. Later that day, we sang at our first concert. The next day, we sang in Zandvoort, and also played on the beach. The day after was our last day, and on the way of driving to the Eurotunnel, we stopped in Bruges, Belgium, where we had a hearty lunch and went on a boat tour along the canals. I was extremely glad I had gone!

The Canal-side of Bruges
The Canal-side of Bruges
  1. New Haven and Boston, USA

Over Christmas 2014, we went to see some of our relatives on the East Coast of the USA. I really enjoyed spending time with them, but I also liked exploring New Haven, Connecticut (where my grandparents live) and Boston (where my mum’s friend and her family live). On our first day in New Haven, we hiked to the top of East Rock, a rock that is 111 metres (365 feet) high.  That day, we had New Haven pizza for dinner from a place called Pepe’s. New Haven pizza has its own distinct style, and is delicious. We also saw went to museums: the Yale Art Gallery and the Peabody Museum. The Yale Art Gallery has paintings from every time and place, and the Peabody Museum has exhibits on natural things such as animals and minerals. In Boston, we took the T, the Boston metro, to a diner called Mike’s City Diner for breakfast on our full day, at which I had some very tasty waffles, and then we walked all the way to the Museum of Science, where we saw an exhibit on the Mayas. We then took the T back to our friends’ house.

The View from East Rock, New Haven
The View from East Rock, New Haven