” Youth is happy because it has had the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old”
I have read so many posts about how “magical” Prague is. Many people write about its “fairytale feeling”
I must admit, that even in a frosty snowy wonderland of weather, the city failed to give me these feelings.It was a bit of something else.
Prague stood out to me most due to its history. Dealing with the Nazi occupation of WWII and still coming out with most of it medieval old town still intact is a very impressive site to see.
The city’s architecture mixture alone was one aspect I was pleased about; Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque
designs are mixed together with a high dose of Parisian feel.
Some areas of the city were a visual splendour
and some provided the cozy atmosphere I so crave in my travel down time.
but as per usual I chose to admire all the river and rooftop views I could
lucky for us, we arrived on the very last day of the Christmas markets
With a massive decorate glimmering tree
and even some sweet little furry friends
With all these sweet views, came the sweet tourist trap that is
A sweet pastry that is made from dough wrapped around a stick, then grilled and topped with a sugar and walnut mixture. It has a distinct wood and smoke flavour.Not entirely sweet but if you choose the modern version I did with nutella, its a pretty good taste combination.
In the end to me Prague had a feeling of sweet melancholy.
The tall building created endless hallways. The new was well mixed in with the old and the poor with the rich
The culture and history does not hide.It endured generations of foriegn domination-the Nazi occupation and Communist rule. Once the Iron curtain cracked it became one of the first Central and East European countries to embrace the western culture.However with this came naturally the party seekers and their drunken exploits, tacky tourist shops and Tescos galour.
but the marvelous part was how enduring the character of Prague stayed. This city pushes to create a good integration of the old and the new. Making it unlike anyone I have ever been before.
Even though it has these cultural and historical marvels I admire, I must admit it was not my favourite city. Perhaps because I enjoy lighter atmospheres, the food was not to my taste palette or I am too biased by previous experiences, I am not entirely certain. It was a good experience but I will choose to continue to head on to new places and most likely not head back too soon