After several days in Paris, we flew on to Prague for a few days of walking around the city and taking it all in.
I visited Prague in the fall of 1998 and fell in love with this city. It was a simpler city then, with much less tourism, but it is still just as beautiful...
Walking through the streets, the cobblestones and the sunlight have a unique and magical quality to them in this medieval city.
I think one of the most heartwarming things for me to watch was to see how my daughters bonded when they were walking around together. I would look ahead of me and see them holding hands at an intersection, having them both be older than I "remember", it's a wonderful opportunity to see them still be such good friends and share in the travel experience even though they fight like cats and dogs at other times.
Lilia has always expressed an interest in varied architecture and how it differs in the religious aspects of thechurch and how it's based around their history and the style and ideals of the country. It was really interesting to be able to take her to the Saint Vitus cathedral in Prague after her seeing the different architecture in Paris.
Because Prague was one of the very few cities that was not born during WWII, much of the original architecture still stands which makes a profoundly different than many cities across Europe.
And sometimes, you have to find silly and fun things to do after brunch, like take a paddle boat around the river, rather than go to yet another cathedral or walk around the historic city....
Traveling to European city, or anywhere for that matter, requires a different sort of timeline when you're traveling with teenage kids.
They very often want to go and see things but, given the nature of teenagers, they also want breaks in between. We would end up going to visit sites in the morning and then heading back to the apartment for the afternoon to have some downtime. We would then head back out for the evening time for dinner and possibly a walk around the city.
While it was often different from the way that I used to travel by myself, I found it to be somewhat relaxing to be able to take an afternoon nap while the kids decompressed