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Describe a place you went to which was full of colours

IELTS Cue Card Question 43 With Model Answer: 

Describe a place you went to which was full of colours.

You should say: 
  • where it was
  • why you went there
  • what you did there
and explain why you think that place was made so colourful.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Model Answer 1:
I live near the Skagit Valley and the place remains colourful almost round the year, and the colours change with the seasonal changes. But the colours are more flamboyant and attractive during the Tulip Festival in fall.

The Skagit Valley is a highly charming attraction and located in a prominent place between Seattle and Washington in the USA. Skagit River is the life of the valley and has crossed the locality in a snake-like shape. It is in the north-west corner of Washington, a few kilometres away from my residence.  The valley takes different colours in different seasons. To observe the valley perfectly, you are to visit during the winter. Hiking or riding a ferry is the best way to enjoy the colourful valley. Migrant birds of different types and colours visit the valley during the season. During the spring season, the tulips bloom across a long-filed which is another colourful attraction for the tourists. April is the best month to observe the tulips in their brightest colour and I hope to visit the valley in the next fall to observe the tulips only.

Skagit Valley is an eye-catching place and many of the global tourists visit the place only to enjoy its natural beauty. I also went there to enjoy the natural scenes and beauties of the valley. The valley is a unique one and filled with different colours. The environment is highly colourful that attracts the mind and the activities are undertaken at the valley are incredible and remarkable as well. Many of my friends have paid their visits to the valley but I could not manage time for them to be there. So, I planned my visit the Skagit Valley with my family members and the trip also aimed to make the other junior members of the family aware of this natural beauty spot in the state.

There are many things to do for the tourists and we made lots of fun. We participated in both the indoor and outdoor activities and particularly the kids were the key participants in all the events. We started hiking in the valley. Then we watched the wildlife of the valley and the kids were truly contented with the animals and birds under the open sky. Moreover, some of my family members rode on beach bikes and the other rode on the canoe. I preferred fishing most but could not catch a single fish within the fishing time. One of the kids wanted to have skiing but I did not allow him to do that as he is too young to go with the ski board. We also visited the museum during our return from the valley and truly it was an awesome experience for us all.

The place was too colourful. The environment was charming and the natural colours were eye soothing. The birds were of different colour, the tulips were attractive for their extraordinary shades and the people visiting the valley also worn dresses of different attractive and unusual colours. Everything formed a sense of exceptional and sensual colour around. The trees in the National Park were breathtaking green, the deep blue water on the beach, the flowers, birds and small animals, lighting of different colors at the shopping centers, ripe and green crops at the fields everything is merged with the nature and thus the nature has created a colorful environment at the valley.

Sample Answer 2:
The planet is made with a large number of colourful things and you will need to sort them out. In fact, you need to apply your sense to bring out the colours around. My last vacation at Lake Toba was wonderful. I was amazed by the colours of nature and enjoyed the beauty. Thank you for such a smart question. It helps to remind me my sweet memories.

Lake Toba is located in Indonesia. This is one of the beautiful lakes in the world and occupies a crater of a volcano. The lake is a beautiful one covering a range of 100 kilometres in length and 30 kilometres in width. The lake is around 505 meters in depth. The lake is in the northern part of Sumatra island. This is the largest one in the country and at the same time, this is one the largest volcanic lakes that has added some special features for this one.

I heard a lot of interesting stories about the lake and its surrounding locality. So, I developed a sense of visiting the place. Though this is far away from my locality I live in, I made a plan to visit it whenever I could manage time. Accordingly, I went there to pass some leisure hours and enjoy the natural view. It was an extremely interesting trip for me. Besides, I was greatly entertained by the stunning views of the lake and its colourful nature. I came to know about the history of the lake and how it formed. I also gather knowledge about the climatic conditions and volcanic issues of the island. But the most important matter was to pass my moments effectively there. So, I was more interested in investing my time in recreational activities than knowing the locality. This is also a place of historical importance as it was formed around 70,000 years ago.

It was a very relaxing period for me during my stay at this colourful place. I ate, drank, slept and overall enjoyed the beauties of the locality. I took the traditional foods of the locality while there were some restrictions on drinking outside of the hotel I stayed in. Sleeping arrangements were also attractive. The hotel had a very nice bed and the room decoration was excellent. Furthermore, I was deeply impressed with the luxurious arrangements for bathing in the hotels and complementary services. On the other side, I wandered the streets and enjoyed the fresh air. Visiting near the lake was a charming experience. The locals were highly respectful to me. The weather was chilly and entertained me greatly. The calm and quiet nature gave me enough pleasure to get inner peace. I took photos of the breathtaking landscape. I also took part in some recreational activities like fishing, swimming on the lake and more others.

The greenery and the natural look of everything made the place too much colourful. The local inhabitants are extremely aware of the issue and thus they do not do anything that may damage the environment. On the other hand, the local people and their colourful culture and festivals also played a role to make the place colourful. It was a unique experience for me to visit the place. I missed the real colour of the place as I went early there. In fact, it should be visited between September to November to enjoy the real colour of the lake. The lake looks more beautiful with its deep blue water in that time. Thereby, I am planning to pay another visit to this colourful place in November next.

Idea Generation for this IELTS Cue card topic: 

For this cue card topic, you can talk about a place you know/ visited which is naturally colourful/ colourfully decorated.  Sometimes a colourful appearance is given to a place for a festival and you can also talk about it.

Some ideas are given below and you should be able to pick one of it and develop your own answer:

Colourful places:

  • Valley of Flowers National Park, India. 
  • Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai, India.
  • The Tulip Garden, Srinagar, India.
  • Five Flower Lake, China.
  • Yuanyang County, China.
  • Red Sea Beach, China.
  • Luoping, China.
  • Canola Flower Fields - Yunnan, China.  
  • Guilan Rice Fields - Longji, China.
  • Zhangye Danxia, China.
  • Panjin Red Beach, China.
  • Hitsujiyama Park, Japan.
  • Kawachi Fuji Gardens, Japan. 
  • Hokkaido, Japan.
  • Hitachi Seaside Park - Japan.
  • Mount Fuji Base - Japan.
  • The Great Barrier Reef, Australia.
  • Shark Bay, Australia.
  • Lake Hillier in Australia.
  • Alberta, Canada.
  • Montreal Botanical Garden - Canada.
  • Tulip fields in the Netherlands.
  • Keukenhof Park - Netherlands. 
  • De Hoge Veluwe National Park, Netherlands
  • Cornwall, England.
  • Braunwald, Switzerland.
  • Saint Basil's Cathedral, Moscow, Russia.
  • Longyearbyen, Norway.  
  • Bergen, Norway.
  • Lavender fields in France.
  • Provence, France.
  • CaƱo Cristales River, Colombia. 
  • Namaqualand, Namibia.
  • Glen Brittle - Scotland.
  • Santorini, Greece. 
  • Cinque Terre, Italy.  
  • Burano, Italy.
  • Cao Dai Cathedral, Vietnam.
  • Hornocal Mountains, Argentina.
  • La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina. 
South Africa:
  • Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa


Colourful Festivals: 

  • Holi festival, India and worldwide.
  • Yi Peng Festival, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
  • Carnival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Carnival, Venice, Italy.

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