Prague is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to in my life. I fell in love with the city. My parents and I have always wanted to go to Prague. We had heard such incredible things about the city so we wanted to check it out for ourselves.
Flying into Prague was incredible. When I looked out the airplane window all I saw was red, yellow and orange trees. I am from Los Angeles, California so I have never see fall trees before. I was so excited to finally be experiencing real fall weather and the fall colors. Once we got off the airplane, we were shocked by the freezing cold weather. We hoped into a cab and headed to the hotel. The hotel room was adorable. It was a nice size, but most importantly it was comfy and cozy in there. We changed into much warmer clothes and layered our clothing in order to stay warm in the thirty-degree weather. Then we were off!
We walked to the Old Town Square of Prague where the famous Astronomical Clock is displayed. My parents and I were in awe of this spacious and welcoming square. There are lots of restaurants in the square but what makes them so special is that they are all outside. We were intrigued by this one restaurant in particular and decided to eat there for lunch. This small restaurant was outside with heaters and the staff offered you blankets to keep you warm, so that was extremely appreciated. Many of the outside restaurants in Prague offer their customers blankets and heaters because of how cold the weather can get there.
After lunch we toured the town. We went into the clock tower and went to the very top of the tower. The view from up there was breathe taking. You can see the entire city including all the colorful buildings, the many streets and all the people down below. You can walk in a square around the building in order to get a three-sixty view of the city. We stayed up there for quite some time taking in the view and taking pictures. After the clock tower, we decided to go look at the little shops in town. They were selling many souvenirs and Prague’s famous Bohemian crystals. By the time we finished at the shops it was time for dinner. After dinner we went back to the hotel and went to sleep. We were exhausted from a long day of travels and exploring the city of Prague.
The next day we went to the Charles Bridge and the Lennon Wall. The Charles Bridge was very cool. There were all these statues along the bridge. Tons of people were there to visit the bridge. It is an incredible view seeing the city of Prague combined with the boats on the water. I took way too many pictures of this specific site. We walked across the bridge and stumbled upon the Lennon Wall. I took even more pictures of the wall than I did of the bridge. I fell in love with the Lennon Wall. I love the words shared by others and the colors and images that were drawn on the wall.
When Prague was under Communism, this was the citizens’ way of rebelling and expressing themselves. They would often times graffiti The Beatles lyrics on the wall or other inspirational words. This was how they got to share their ideas and feelings with the world. During the time of Communism, their words were painted over in white paint all the time by the government. However, people would come back and graffiti the wall again with their own thoughts and emotions. Now that Prague is no longer under Communism, this wall is no longer painted over with white paint and people are free to express themselves on the wall. In my opinion, this wall symbolizes freedom. The freedom to express yourself and the freedom to do and act as you wish. When Prague was living under Communism, they were not able to live freely. This wall serves as a reminder to never take your freedom for granted.
Out of all the places I have visited in Europe thus far, Prague is by far my favorite. There is so much to do and so much to see. All the buildings are castle like and it is like living in a fairytale. If you are traveling to Europe, Prague is a must see.