Prague, Czech Republic

Over our winter break in January 2010, I had the opportunity to travel to Prague with a few friends from my Master’s program in Israel.  Praha, Česká Republika was our first of three stops during our week-long tour of Eastern Europe.  Though the temperature was below freezing for the entire trip, the Czechs knew how to handle the cold; hot wine, spiced cider, coco, and coffee with regional liquors were available for sale in public squares.  Largely spared during WWII, Prague’s traditional European architecture offered mesmerizing atmosphere–a significant change of scenery from the beach-side, contemporary styles of Tel Aviv.  In our three days and nights in the city, we explored the St. Vitus Cathedral, sampled the local Pilsner in underground bars, saw a 50-marching band festival from our apartment balcony, and ate more goulash and bread dumplings than we could have ever anticipated.  I’d go back tomorrow.

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