In 2006, my family and I went on an adventure I would not soon forget. It all came to view after about a six hour train ride from Berlin, Germany, through plains, mountains, and picturesque towns. We arrived at a relatively large, sandy brick train station. After a short drive, and a small period of checking into our hotel, we were on the move through what would turn out to be, one of the greatest experiences of my life.
First off though, I would like to mention a few major differences I have found in my experiences in Europe. One is the general atmosphere. Go to a restaurant in America and you get, eat, and get out, in an hours time. In Europe, expect to see a family eating at a restaurant for hours. Now believe me, this is a good thing. Their culture has a certain appreciation for family, company, and just plain old good times that sometimes goes missed here in the United States. We all let ourselves get consumed by our personal effects, but you don’t get that same feel in Europe. It is so much more relaxed and laid back. In general, it is just a far friendlier environment to be apart of.
Another key part of European society is transportation. While this may seem unimportant, and otherwise odd, this became something of Europe that I truly appreciate. You will find a newfound home in walking when in a Europe. Don’t be surprised if you venture miles upon miles while their. And while this may seem like it’s not for you, believe me, the sites will make you completely forgot that your walking. (And if you do get tired, just stop in a local restaurant for a few hours)
Walking into Prague is like taking a trip back in time. Prague was an amazing city, with an amazing landscape. Imagine 12th century brick homes, vibrantly lit alleys with secret restaurants and shopping, cobblestone streets, the Charles Bridge (a brick bridge built in 1172), and castles dating back to the 9th century. Throw all these things together and you still don’t even have the slightest idea of what Prague is like. Actually called Praha by its’ native, Prague is located on the Vltava river. It is cultivated with the likes of Gothic and Renaissance architecture, making the city an absolute beautiful site. The city itself is nestled in great green plains. This allows for brilliant green trees to shine through the red rooftops. The most significant site of Prague I witnessed though was the Prague church and Castle located on a large hill, overlooking all of Prague. This was a majestic site that really gives the city a strong character. To get to these things, you must walk up windy cobblestone streets that are simply breathtaking.
Prague is must see city for everyone. It has everything that Europe has to offer. It is extremely English friendly, so there is no significant language barrier to fear. It has fantastic markets, that locals attend daily, and has fresh food that is beyond all imagination.
I truly cannot rave about this city enough. Please, if anyone is looking to go to Europe, please consider this one as it is an experience of a lifetime.
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