My Summer Vacation in Europe Essay
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 facade 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 each of the statues.
There were many other elements of Prague that inspired and fascinated me: the beautiful and mysterious Loretta; the breathtaking and sublime Saint Vitus’ Cathedral; the eminent and enduring Church of Mother of God before Tyn; the fantastic and dreamlike Dancing House; and the childishly bright and colorful Zlata Ulika, where you feel like you a part of a fairy tale. The whole of Prague is like a fairy tale of its own, with the millions of unbelievable stories running through its veins. But the event that made the biggest impression on me was the sunset above the Prague Castle.
The scenery was just bewitchingly beautiful, dazzling and breathtaking. The sun, just barely reaching the sharp peaks of the Castle that pierced the peachy sky with soft billowy clouds; the shadows of the towers reflecting in the peaceful waters of Vltava; the slightly audible melody of violin and flute echoing somewhere in the air. It is incredible, it is magnificent and it makes you feel like time has stopped, like you have traveled back in time to the medieval era, and feel the life-force more vividly than ever – all at the same time.
We spent over three weeks in Europe, and just two days in Prague. But it seems like my memories of Prague have overshadowed the rest of the journey, taking up most of my emotions and feelings associated with my trip. Prague is worth composing laudatory odes and songs about – Prague is worth admiring, and most certainly, Prague is worth visiting again and again, because it has so much history in it that you can unveil and discover every bit of it and still be mystified by this gorgeous city.