Spring Break– Kristin Giles

For Spring Break, I was very lucky to have my family come and visit me here in Europe! We visited Vienna and Prague, two cities with their own unique past, rich culture and beautiful sights. I met my family in Florence, which let them have a little taste of Italy before we headed off on our adventures!

Our first stop was Vienna, Austria a city full of music, beautiful architecture and good food. We watched the incredible Lipizzaner horses, at the Spanish Riding School of Vienna, as they performed movements of classical dressage, dating back hundreds of years. Afterward we enjoyed a show from the Vienna Boys’ Choir, one of the most known boys’ choir in the world; it only consists of sopranos and altos, it was truly beautiful hearing them sing. Later we visited the Hofburg Palace and the summer home of the Habsburgs, Schonbrunn Palace. The Vienna Easter market was one of my favorites, since there were so many hand-crafted Easter eggs to choose from. It was a busy few days in Vienna, but I had so much fun exploring with my family!

The second half of Spring Break was spent in Prague, a city definitely worth visiting. It has so much character, every building is a little different everywhere you turn. We went inside Prague Castle, once the seat of power for Bohemian kings, Holy Roman Emperors and presidents of Czechoslovakia. It was enormous, yet so intricate with one of the best views of the city. We visited the Lennon wall and enjoyed strolling across the Charles Bridge to the Prague Easter market where we enjoyed live performances and tasty Czech food!

Both cities are so magical and special in their own way. Since no one in my family had been to Vienna or Prague, it was so much fun exploring both cities with them!

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