A Real Life Fairytale

Prague is a city located in the center of the Czech Republic. It is, indeed, named one of the most beautiful cities in Europe with a rich history. Prague looks like a real life fairytale, with horse carriages, a picturesque city with beautiful colors, and an unreal  environment. The Czech Republic is considered to be in central Europe, and it was not until 1989 that the communist state of the Czech Republic fell.

Prague consists of two parts, the old town and the new town. It sounds exactly how it is worded.

  • Old Town: This side consists of many historical churches, the jewish quarter, the astronomical clock, old town square, cafes, etc.. The old town is beautiful and historic, the architecture is astounding.
  • Charles Bridge: You will find AMAZING art and music on the bridge. Hundreds of people cross the bridge daily, and it is the boundary between the old town and the new town.
  • New Town: You come across the new town once you cross Charles Bridge. On this side, you will find petrin tower, John Lennon wall, and Prague Castle.

 

Accommodations: Hotels can quickly become very costly, and the best way that I have found to travel is to rent a house/apartment on HomeAway.com. Personally, I have enjoyed having my own

  • I would INSANELY recommend the apartment I stayed in. It is about a 2 minute walk from old town square, and it is above a KFC (if you are craving some American fast food). This apartment also had a small grocery store a few feet in front of it. The location was perfect, and the price was well worth it.

Transportation: The most efficient way to travel this city is by walking.

Food: There was a lot of restaurants around, as well as small grocery stores.

Drinking: The drinking age here is 18.. This was the very first time I was able to walk to a stand and buy a beer. I was very excited, even though I hated the taste of it.

Weed (Had to add this one): Yes, in Prague marijuana is legal. It is everywhere, and by that I mean you can walk into a tourist shop and buy some. If you like weed, this is the place for you.

Tips & Tricks:

  • Rent an apartment and go to the grocery store for food items. I promise you it will save you SO much money.
  • Plan out what you want to do.
  • BRING APPROPRIATE CLOTHES. I went in March, and I brought clothes meant for the spring time. I almost froze to death.

 


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Went to Italy just for some pasta.

Italy is a beautiful country filled with a rich history. The wine is amazing, the vineyards are stunning, and the ancient streets make Italy the top destination where everyone should travel to at least once in their life. There is SO much do to in Italy, and there is SO much to learn. For this trip, my family and I decided to join a tour group so that we could see more of the country with a set itinerary.

The pathway we took throughout Italy was: Venice, Padua, Pisa, Florence, San Gimignano, Siena, Rome, Naples, and we finished at the Isle of Capri.

  1. Venice: 
    • Accommodation: Venice is expensive, and I would not recommend getting a hotel in the island unless you are willing to pay for it. The tour group I was in got us a hotel outside of Venice where we took a route bus into the city.
    • Food: The three days I spend here I noticed that food was VERY expensive. This is because every item sold in Venice must be imported in. There are also many “hole in the wall” places that you can only find if you walk around through all of the pathways. Those are the BEST places (and the cheapest, yay!).
    • Activities: Venice itself is surreal, and if you are bored at any point you are there then you are doing it wrong. Get lost in Venice! Walk around until you feel like you are about to pass out from exhaustion. Speak to the people around you. Go on a gondola ride. Go to museums. There is SO much to do here.
    • Transportation: WALKING!
    • Tips: I recommend not going during the Summer time. When I was there it was 95 degrees Fahrenheit, next to an ocean, and a bottle of WARM water was 5 euros…I smiled through the pain.
  1. Padua:
    • Accommodation: I did not stay the night in this town.
    • Food: The fresh foods market is adorable and great for a quick snack or getting some groceries.
    • Activities: I saw many
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  3. Florence:
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  4. San Gimignano: Before I say anything else, I am IN LOVE with this town. 
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  5. Siena:
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    • Activities: Horses!!
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  6. Rome:
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  7. Naples/Capri:
    • Accommodation: I did not stay the night here.
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    • Transportation: To travel to the island you must get on a boat. I got on a boat docked in Naples.

Do’s & Don’ts:

  1. BE CAREFUL WITH PICK POCKETING! – If you are carrying a cross body purse, do not, DO NOT, carry it from behind. Always keep it in front of you and in site. There are people who pickpocket for a living, and trust me, you will not feel when they take something from you.
  2. There are MANY vendors on the streets that will be selling counterfeit products. Be careful who you buy from, and remember that it is illegal. If a police officer sees you buying counterfeit products he will come ask you questions.
  3. Learn a few Italian words (Thank you, Please, Bathroom, etc). It doesn’t hurt to know a couple, and it will make traveling much easier. Also, it will make the Italians happy.
  4. Try the pizza, just do it. Every single pizza I got in Italy I fell in love with.
    1. YOU CANNOT FORGET ABOUT THE GELATO. EAT IT EVERY DAY.
  5. Don’t be that stupid tourist. It annoys everyone.

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