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Talk about a place near water that you have visited

IELTS Cue Card Question 115 With Model Answer:

Talk about a place near water that you have visited.

You should say:
  • where it was
  • why you went there
  • what you did there
and say whether you enjoyed it.

[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 went to Greece and visited the Myrtos Beach located in Kefalonia Myrtos in October of 2015 for my honeymoon purpose and had spent two entire days with my spouse at the beach sides.

The numbers of exotic locations in Greece were ample and sometimes it became difficult for me and my wife to decide where to go. We went to Greece for honeymoon and had spent 15 days together in the country. We travelled in different parts of the country and enjoyed numerous historical structures and monuments. But the day beside the Myrtos Beach is still vivid in my memory. The commoners of the area said that the beach was one of the wonderful beaches in the world for its special turquoise water and the breathtaking sunset views. The entire beach was filled with white pebbles and the serene atmosphere truly attracted us. The beach lied between the feet of two mountains and geographically located in the north-west of Kefalonia Island.

Thank you for honouring me with the question. I went on my honeymoon trip with my wife. After lots of calculations and budgeting, we decided to go to Greece for the trip and it was the most suitable destination for the purpose. We did lots of things there and spent two days consecutively at the beach. The beach is enriched with natural features and beauties. I had found that the beach was made up of marble materials and white cobblestones. The shoreline view is dazzling and the waves are higher than the other beaches in Greece. Walking on the beach provides a feeling of freshness. The gentle breeze is also enjoyable.  

We did a large number of things besides the shoreline and enjoyed doing so. The beach made us crazy with its stunning look and natural beauties. The deep blue sky, the turquoise water, bathing in the water, water sports with my wife, clicking photos and posing for them, running across the shoreline, waiting for the next wave to sink under etc. were the common forms of entertainment for us. Besides, we had seafood from the nearby restaurants. But we had fun during the bath most. The water was fresh and crystal clear. I also have bottled some water as a souvenir for me. Besides, I wanted to surf but my wife did not agree because of less water depth. The photos were amazing, especially the sunset scenes were superb! If I knew that you would ask me about the trip, I would have brought some of the images for you!

Ahh!! The days were great!! I truly enjoyed the trip and it was worthy of the efforts I invested arranging it. We saved money for three months to get on board for the trip. Besides, budgeting was the most important factor for me as I was the only wage earner for my family. The expenses were high in my city, Bacoor in Philippines and I had to cut several expenses to save the money. Thereby, we planned to make the honeymoon a perfect one. I think it is well known to you that honeymoons are done once in a lifetime and thus it should be done perfectly. We had enjoyed almost all the available amenities in Greece and particularly by the beach side. The trip will be memorable to me and my wife and thank you for the chance to recalling the memories of those days.



Model Answer 2:
My recent visit to India provided me with immense pleasure. I went there for some business purposes and had to say at Varanasi, a city near the River Ganges. The experiences were outstanding. In fact, I never had such a wonderful experience in my past visits to the country.

Varanasi is locally also known as Banaras and one of the old cities of the world. This city is stretched to the River Ganges. Besides, this is a city with some religious perspectives. A notable number of people come to visit the city annually and perform their rituals with the River Ganges. The city is also popular for many of noted Indian musicians, scholars, philosophers and others.

I went to India for business purposes. In fact, I have several businesses here in Singapore. I actually import various types of goods and sell them in my shop here. I own five shops and three of them are in street market. The street shops sell various types of goods including clothing, toys, bags, leather goods, ornaments and many other things. But I sell only branded products in two other shops located in two shopping malls. I have some associates who take care of the selling and I am involved in the purchase. So, I need to travel frequently to different places and countries. I prefer India most to import goods because the goods are of best quality. But sometimes, there are some complications and hence I need to visit the country frequently.

Primarily I was engaged in selecting the products for my shops in Singapore. But I did not miss the chances to visit the places near the River Ganges. I also had some interesting experiences. Some of the local people were taking bath in the Ganges with a religious belief that they will be free of sins. I also visited some of the renowned temples there. The cultural diversity attracted me most in this place. I cannot forget the scenes of the sunset from the river. I was on a boat during the sunset and enjoyed the natural view and breeze greatly. Besides, I also took a bath in the river. It was merely a bath, not to fulfil any religious promises. 

I enjoyed visiting the place. In fact, I enjoyed the sightseeing part of my trip. Though it was a business trip for me, I made a plan to take a short trip around the city. I had never met with the River Ganges before though I came to the country several times. But it was difficult to manage time for the trip. But the trip was enjoyable for many reasons. I wish to make such trips again if I can have chances.

If you can talk about the cue card topic "Talk about a place near water that you have visited." you should be able to talk about the following IELTS cue card topics as well:
  • Describe a lake or a river you have visited.
  • Describe a place near water you have been to.
  • Describe a beautiful place you went to.
  • Describe somewhere you like to visit often.
  • Describe a sea or river you have visited.
  • A place you went with your friends.
  • Describe a place you have recently visited as a tourist.
  • Describe a beautiful place you know about.
  • Describe a beautiful place in your hometown.

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