The Magic of Prague
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Prague was one of the most beautiful cities I've ever been to. It probably helped that it was Christmas / New Years, but I am sure the place is just as "magical" year-round. I had recently been to Paris for my first time, and was overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of the city. In a very short time we were worn out, and still hand't seen half the sites.
Prague was different. Smaller scale, and significantly more medieval. Castles and cathedrals in unexpected areas. Walking the city is the way to do it, and the only word I can use to describe Prague is "romantic". I felt out of place there without a hand to hold. A lot of the reading I did before going there called it a "Storybook" town, and it is exactly that.
All the buildings, cathedrals, and castles are up-lit at night, giving them an ominous appearance, but making the entire city seem safe to wander around in, even alone. The buildings are so old, yet strikingly new. So clean. As if they'd just been built this year. Things are so well taken care of that you'd never know it was 2008. You really do feel like you've gone back in time.
Old town square at the stroke of midnight on New Years Eve is probably one of the most incredible experiences you can have. There are a few truly amazing places you can go for new years, and you absolutely have to put Prague's Old Town Square on your list. Do not die without having done new years in Prague at least once. There is absolutely nothing like seeing the fireworks explode over the beautiful castles all around you, and the huge Christmas Tree.
We had plenty of Absynth, and met a lot of new friends that week. Definitely a life experience I wont forget.