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From ancient to metropolis

  • Published at 06:27 pm July 15th, 2016
From ancient to metropolis

The time for landing was near, but I was still further away from waking up until my menace of a brother threw a cup of water on my face. He just ruined my beauty sleep. The city from the airplane window looked like small pieces of dominoes about to be toppled over.

We landed at Prague at 3 o’clock in the afternoon. Exiting the Prague airport was very easy. The blue skies were filled with small balls of cotton moving slowly towards the mountain. As we travelled along the road, we could see small dots of red coming closer to us. The scenery looked like the portrait of the artist with the smoothest of fingers. The view was truly a sight for sore eyes. As we entered the city, time seemed to travel backwards.

The city of Prague, Praha, was filled with ancient buildings accompanied with red roofs which were almost 800 years old. Through the old town flows Vltava River. On top of it lies the Charles Bridge which was built by Charles IV in 1357. Although the bridge was 750 years old, it was still sturdy. The city itself had ten parts. The place where we were staying at was Prague one, Old Town. The bridge connected the two parts of Prague, with Prague 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 on our side, and Prague 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 were on the other.

I found myself surrounded by historic buildings which were still spic and span. The hotel that was booked was made in the year 1428. Its name was U Suteru. It had the smallest room in the history of hotels. We unpacked our suitcases and went to see the block.

My mother did not want to walk. Mom’s legs started to hurt and after approximately every quarter hour, there was a break taken. We were walking through the old square when a girl came and asked us to rent a segway, which is a funny vehicle with two wheels. You lean front, it goes forward, if you lean back, it goes backwards. A thirty minute tour took us around the whole city.

After the tour we went to palladium, the biggest shopping mall in Prague. It had over 200 shops. Mom did her magic and we had to carry her stuff through the whole store. I don’t know how many chocolates she bought, but there were at least 25 to 30 packets of chocolates. After her shopping ended, my brother and I wanted to try out the new VR (virtual reality) console in the gaming store. They were giving people per hour trial for KC169. When we went to the store, we found out that it was closed.

The next day was our journey aimed towards France. France was entirely different from Prague; it’s a huge metropolis filled with street performers, overpriced shopping centres, restaurants and kind hearted people who will try to help you in any way, no matter what situation he or she is in. The famous Eiffel tower is located in Paris and so is the second largest Disneyland in the world. This time around, we stayed at St Charles, which I found to be pretty weird for a hotel name. Unpacking at the hotel was the easy part, but going to the tower was very difficult, so, we started heading for the metro. The sweet aroma of food went through my nose and I realised the whole area was filled with restaurants so we had our lunch there.

A train was taken to the Eiffel tower and my word, it’s huge. The tower was built by Gustavo Eiffel and was also named after him. It was built in 1887 and it’s almost 330 metres tall. We practically spent our whole day there but we did not go all the way to the top as it was closed for the Euro Cup.

We headed for Disneyland the next day, which needs a separate tribute to do it justice. Coming up: Switzerland.

Our plan was to go on top of the Eiffel tower that day, but the ticket lines were so huge that our plan was cancelled, and our journey to Switzerland had begun. We went to the station to board our train. The journey was very relaxing.

Our stay at Switzerland was with my dad’s nephew’s family. It was loads of fun. The first task was to visit Germany for two hours, where my mom shopped, naturally. The funniest part was that to enter Germany, there was no need to show any passports at all! After Germany was conquered, it was time for Mt Pilatus which is 8,000 meters above sea level. It is a mountain overlooking Lucerne.

Our destination was Tomilshorn, the highest peak. We went on top of the mountain by a cable car. The ride was spectacular as it felt like we were going into the clouds themselves. The whole city could be seen from the top. Unfortunately, it was drizzling and clouds had gathered on top of the mountain. The rest, as they say, was hazy.

We went down the mountain by train, the steepest train in the world. Our stay at Switzerland was amazing, but short.

After we returned to Prague, we stayed at an uncle's house in the countryside. They had a huge garden and that uncle was a chef. What happened next was surprising. We were having a garden BBQ in the evening where my uncle and I set up everything. After all the hard work, it started to rain. A shed was set above the tables under which we started eating.

After the rain ended, two wonderous rainbows were seen, starting from a hill and ending in the countryside. Mom went crazy and she took a lot of pictures.

We stayed there for a day and left for Prague city the day after. The hotel, again, was in a really old building but the rooms were colossal this time around. Our usual schedule was done and then a segaway tour was taken to the Prague castle, which is high up in the mountains.

Prague castle is the oldest castle in the country, dated back to the ninth century. Oblivious, mom went shopping again, naturally.

Abhoy Hriddo, Class 7, South Breeze school