Monday May 1, 2023

By ANNA MARIE MATEESCU GRAND ADVENTURE On one of my trips to Berlin, my planned trip to Prague was put on the backburner due to the pandemic. But finally, it came to fruition. My comfortable travels from Berlin to Prague took a good 51 minutes to an hour by plane, and it was a breeze. I decided to visit the wonderful medieval city of Prague and stayed long enough to mix with the locals with some friends of mine, to learn a few of their basic dialects to get me through the day. Czech is the official language spoken. Also spoken are German, Polish, or Russian. The first phrase I learned was “Dobrý den, dobré ráno” (Hello, good morning) and “Hezký den” (Have a nice day). Exploring the rich and complex history of cities like Prague is always fascinating. This remarkable city has been shaped by countless forces over the centuries, from political upheavals to artistic movements. Understanding the context of these events is essential to appreciate the city’s character and spirit. Prague is a storybook with so much history traced back over a thousand years, when it was a small settlement on the banks of the Vltava River. Over time, the city grew and evolved, becoming a center of trade and commerce in central Europe. In the 14th Century, King Charles IV made Prague the capital of the Holy Roman Empire, which helped cement its status as a major European city. It’s a city thriving with visitors from all over the World, boasting Europe’s most provocative Jewish Quarter to Prague’s love of Charles Bridge. The Czech Republic and its capital and dominant city, Prague, are buried in the center of Europe. Prague straddles the Vltava River, is accessible on foot, has highlights like Wenceslas...... Read more on Full Issue!

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