What I found most charming about Prague was the city life. People were everywhere, conversing on street corners, enjoying coffee at the café, and doing their daily shopping. It is a very pedestrian friendly town, with many narrow streets leading to wonderful courtyards and shopping areas. It was a bit confusing as the city is not “planned” like what we might find in cities in the US. Streets weave in and out around churches and quaint shops. Color is all around, the people adding to the visual excitement found. You will find street bands, artists painting, and street vendors lining streets and plazas.
Street performers included some fun things for the kids too. Music is very important in Prague with many corner bands. One thing you can say is that this is a very lively part of the country with much tradition and culture.
It would not be a hard part of the world to make a home if you just went on the fact that it is very people oriented. The only problem is in Eastern European nations, there is still some contention between countries. I found that quite a shame because it is such a beautiful part of the world.
I am in Belgrade, Serbia currently and sailing to Bulgaria tomorrow. For the last few days, we heard of all the problems between the Serbs and Croatians through the years and saw much of the damage to both cities. In all countries I have visited, there is a high unemployment rate, and young people have too much time on their hands. They vandalise the very old, historic structures. Graffiti is very common, and you will see that when I show Belgrade. Large parts of Belgrade was damaged where you can see bombed out buildings and buildings rattled with bullet holes.
Even though these things do happen, the people have much pride in their countries. I will tell you more about this when I return home next week. Internet is so spotty that it takes a long time to prepare a post, or even get it loaded.