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May 16, 2013

Local Voices From Around the Globe: World traveler calls Euro-Tour experience of a lifetime


Prague, Czech Republic was our next stop. This was one of my two favorite places during the whole trip, and I was fortunate enough to be able to stay there for two days. The architecture in this city was simply beautiful. I think it’s safe to say that it’d be impossible to take a bad picture in this city, simply because it’s just that beautiful. There is an enormous bridge in the city covered with street musicians and artists, which gives the entire area a special atmosphere.

From Prague, we traveled to Vienna, Austria, where we rode on an enormous Ferris wheel that had old railroad boxcars as cars to ride in. At the top, we were given a birds-eye-view of another one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.

After Austria, we spent a good portion of the next day in the bus traveling to Italy, but it was well worth it. When we checked into our hotel in Italy, we ran up to our rooms and out onto our private balconies, which were just a stone’s throw away from the Mediterranean Sea. That night we played in the water and watched the sunset from the beach. The next day we took a short boat ride to the island of Venice, one of my new favorite places in the world. As soon as we reached shore, I automatically felt like I was placed back in another century. As we walked to the main square, every 50 feet or so we crossed little bridges to cross the little channels of water where gondoliers pushed their boats just under our feet. The little back alleyways in this city are something I’d never forget. They’re only four feet wide or so, and there’s even a special courtesy when walking through, in order to prevent little traffic jams between walkers who may happen to cross paths. We went on a 30-minute gondola tour, which is one of the most relaxing and memorable things I’ve ever done.

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