My summer vacation to Europe
Europe has always fascinated and attracted me, but I never thought that it would be anywhere close to what it seemed to me by the way of reading books and watching documentaries on the subject. You know how whenever an event you anticipate becomes a reality; it never lives up to your expectations? So, when my friend suggested that we go to Europe on a summer vacation, I was prepared to be a little disappointed, even though I was really excited about the trip. But, it turned out to be just the opposite. European beauty and the nobleness lingering in the atmosphere, its architectural and historical allure went beyond even my wildest expectations. But, out of all the cities and towns we visited in Central Europe, the city that made the biggest impression on me was definitely Prague. I do not know if it is the story behind every landmark, stone and bridge, if it is the gorgeous majesty of every little façade detail of the incredible Gothic cathedrals, or the resplendence of the interior finery of the castles and cathedrals that left me so speechless, but to this day I have no doubt that there is no other city in the world that can compare to Prague. With its peculiar romantic scent, fresh youthfulness of the students and picturesque city views, Prague to me is far more attractive than Paris, London or New York put together. My acquaintance with Prague started on the bus from Vienna, where I listened to a tour guide telling us the story of how the city was established. When we arrived in Prague, the first landmark we went to see right from the hotel was, of course, the Charles Bridge. With the foundation laid in 1357, this pedestrian bridge across Vltava was literally built on blood and eggs that were poured into the composite to hold the bricks together, and it proved to be firmer than any cement mix. Fascinated by the fact, we went on to examine the statues of Saints on every post of the bridge, while we listened to the story behind...
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