IELTS Cue Card Sample 404 - Something special you brought home from a holiday

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe something special you brought home from a holiday.

You should say:

  • what it was
  • when and where you went on this holiday
  • what you did with it after you brought it home

and explain why you think it was something special.

Model Answer:
A few months ago I went to Switzerland on a holiday and brought home a painting from a local shop in Zurich. It was large painting and I had to pay a large sum of money as the tax in the airport to bring it home. However, it was such a nice piece of painting that it actually worth the hassle and money. It was a large oil painting that depicts a beautiful natural scenery common in Switzerland and not quite common in my homeland. I have hung it in my drawing-room and this is one of the most beautiful and cherished souvenirs for me.

It was a 5 days holiday tour that was arranged by my office and we went to Switzerland on this tour. We went there in the early January and visited Geneva, St. Moritz, Zurich, three museums on different places  and Swiss National Park. The alpine scenery, picturesque villages, glittering blue lakes, beautiful lakeside and astounding tranquillity of the villages took our breath away. Luckily a festival was going on during our visit to Zurich and this was another pleasant surprise for me. I visited almost all of the stalls and enjoyed the exotic foods and items they were selling. I bought the oil painting from this festival and this was something I liked when I first looked at it.

As soon as I brought it home, it became one of the best souvenirs for me and my family. I showed it to my parents and they also liked it very much. Then I decided to hang it in our drawing room. Every time I look at this painting, it reminds me the exciting and memorable days I had spent on our holiday in Switzerland. Apart from that, the painting is a bit different than the other paintings I have in our house. I do not know about the painter of this mind-blowing painting, but I am sure he or she must be a very talented artist who has an inherited talent for portraying the beauty of nature in a magical way. I have brought home some other souvenirs from my other tours and holidays from different parts of the world like a neckless for my sister, a set of fork for my mother, a few dresses for me and other family members, a wooden toy gun, a guitar, a wooden box and so on but painting I brought from Zurich festival is my personal favourite till now.

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