Describe a Place that your Parents Took You To- IELTS Cue Card
Describe a place that your parents took you to.
You should say:
- what sort of place it was
- how you got there
- why your parents took you there
- and explain whether you enjoyed it or not.
Sample Answer 1
Travelling and discovering new places is always one of the most pleasurable experiences in life. The sights and sounds of such interesting places leave an impression on our minds that we can still vividly recall years later. My experience of visiting one such place with my parents was the Lal Bagh botanical gardens in Bengaluru.
Commissioned by Hyder Ali and completed by his son, Tipu Sultan, this botanical garden was completed in the 18th century. Lal Bagh botanical gardens cover an area of 240 acres. It was modelled along the lines of Mughal gardens, designed to be a verdant paradise in south Bengaluru. The lush park has well over a thousand species of plants and many ancient trees, which were brought over from various foreign countries such as Afghanistan, Persia, and France. The spectacular glass house and the Lalbagh Rock are some of the major tourist attractions within the vast blooming gardens.
We arrived at the park’s gates in a cab we had hired. As a child, I was enthralled by beautiful gardens and so my parents planned to take a tour of this magnificent one. I thoroughly enjoyed walking around this majestic park with my parents and seeing the numerous rare species of beautiful blossoming plants. Experiencing the marvellous sights of the park was a memorable experience for me. We enjoyed walking around the relatively new Bonsai garden and visiting the topiary, rose, and lotus gardens as well. My parents also clicked a few photographs of me and the gardens. I particularly remember being mesmerised by the beautiful glass house in the evening when it was lit up. To a young me, it seemed like something out of a fairy tale.
It has been years since my parents took me to visit the botanical gardens, but the sights I saw on my visit there are still vivid in my mind. I cherish the fond memories of my visit and look forward to visiting the place again someday in the future.
Sample Answer 2
Since childhood, I had always been an introvert who dwelled among books and had a passion for exploring new places. As a result, while growing up, I travelled to many intriguing and adventurous places with my parents. But, as I believe that firsts are always memorable and leave an imprint on our minds, the trip I cherished the most was the one to the Kaziranga National Park in Assam. So, I’d like to share my experience of this place my parents took me to.
Besides being home to wildlife like tigers, elephants, wild water buffalo, deer and a wide range of birds, Kaziranga National Park is well known for the Great Indian one-horned rhinoceros. Established as a reserve forest in 1905, it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985. I still remember the day we got down at Guwahati station on an early winter morning. We visited various places in Guwahati for two days, after which we boarded a train to Furkating, the nearest station to the National Park. From there, we took a cab to the guest house near the National Park, where we took lodging.
It was early in the morning when we arrived at the designated place for entry to the park. Memories come rushing as I remember how much I had cried when I learnt I had to climb on a giant elephant to go inside the National Park. After a lot of consolations from the mahout, we finally began our journey. All my dismay vanished as we moved slowly through the fog into the marshland and deeper into the protected area. The mahout was relating various accounts and directions of animals. But, I was mesmerized by the wonderland I was in. I was excited to catch a glimpse of a tiger, some deer, two rhinos and a few beautiful birds.
Later, I realized that my parents took me on that exhilarating journey to encourage my fondness to travel and experience new things. Thus, it not only awakened the globetrotter in me, but also the memories found their own special place in my consciousness. I will never forget how I had patted a baby elephant after we came out of the park and how my leg got stuck in one of the railings of the guest house. But, most importantly, I will always cherish how my parents had tucked me in between them and held me close so that I didn’t fall off the elephant’s back.
Meaning: someone who is shy, quiet, and prefers to spend time alone rather than often being with other
Eg: Max is an introvert and does not like to interact with the rest of the class.
- Reserve Forest
Meaning: a protected forest, owned by the government, with a natural habitat with a high degree of protection
Eg: Did you visit the Attappadi Reserve Forest in Kerala?
Meaning: a keeper and driver of an elephant.
Eg: When the old mahout passed away, the elephants did not eat for a week.
Meaning: land with a lot of wet , muddy areas.
Eg: Everyone says that the marshland behind the grave is haunted.
Meaning: to put something/someone in a particular place, especially in order to keep them safe or hidden
Eg: Ryana’s mother tucked her favourite doll with her every night.