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18-year-old Raevenn Breen from Nadi is a Fiji Sun trainee journalist who first joined the team in Nadi in July of 2013. He is now in the capital city of
17 Mar 2014 09:20

18-year-old Raevenn Breen from Nadi is a Fiji Sun trainee journalist who first joined the team in Nadi in July of 2013. He is now in the capital city of the Czech Republic, Prague, where he is pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Journalism and Communications.

RAEVENN BREEN
Prague
Some may describe this city as being one with a thousand spires, a getaway for many tourists seeking a stag-night opportunity or a city for those who come to take in all the beauty of both modern and historical architecture.
Prague, a city which was born onto the European continent in c. 886 is home to more than 1 million people and caters for more than 10 million tourists each year. The question is, why do people choose the central-European city instead of other places?

Is it expensive?
The first thing that may come to the mind of one person would be the costs of accommodation and the costs of transportation and living etcetera. The Czech Republic which only recently crawled out of the depths of Communism, uses the Czech Korun, or ‘Crown’ as its currency. Although the country itself is a member nation of the European Union it chose not to use the currency.
The Golden city is famous for the fact that for most Western European and North American nations, it is dirt cheap, and the beer in Prague is famously ‘cheaper than water’ for a pint of beer (approximately 500mL) one is expected to pay no more than 27 Czech Koruna (or in short, 1 Euro, or 2.80FJD).
In comparison to Fiji, there isn’t much of a change in the prices of living. Although, being the self-proclaimed first Fijian to set foot in Prague, the costs of going out and having a bite to eat or for those long and wild nights out on the bar scene, it is much cheaper than back home.
Apart from the cheaper-than-water beers, one can also enjoy a picturesque view of Prague, especially in spring and in the summer. Cafes bring all of their tables and chairs outside and lay them out on the huge cobblestone squares which dot the city in every corner, and tourists and locals alike can enjoy a hot coffee or hearty meal whilst breathing in the warm spring air. And, as mentioned earlier, don’t expect to pay much.

Prague is home to more than 1 million people.

The Attractions
Prague is home to some of the most historical buildings in Europe, such as one of the only working Astronomical Clocks and even the famous Charles Bridge, which connects the Old Town Square with that of Malostranske Namesti.
Prague is a city separated by the Vltava River, which runs right through the Czech Republic. The city itself is divided into four main areas which are the Jewish Quarter (Josefov), Stare Mesto (Old Town), Nove Mesto (New Town) and Mala Strana, on the west bank of the river. the city centre is located on the East bank in Nove Mesto, in the heart of Wenceslas Square.
Tourists will not be disappointed with the number of attractions that Prague has to offer. The city is famous not only for the huge range of drinks and clubs available, but for the vast array of tantalizing architectural dominance. The city is home to Gothic, Corinthian and modern twists as well as the odd Roman-style buildings here and there. Prazsky Hrad (Prague Castle), located on one of the highest peaks in the city centre, was the birthplace of Prague. If given the chance, one must visit this spectacular castle, some of which was redesigned by a 22-year old architect during its restoration. Two more modern buildings also stand out in the city of a thousand spires. the Zizkov Tower, located in the Zizkov Area behind Old Town, is the tallest tower in Prague and is famous for the crawling baby statues that ‘crawl’ up the tower. The other, Petrin Tower, also nicknamed the fake Eiffel-Tower for its striking resemblance to the Parisian monument, stands high between Mala Strana and the suburb of Andel.
In short, if you are ever given the chance to come to this part of the world, take in as much as you possibly can, because this romantic city has a lot to offer to the average tourist. Prague has been and always remain one of the most beautiful and cheap cities in the world.

The John Lenon Wall
– The John Lennon Wall located in Mala Strana is famous for its importance after the Velvet Revolution, a peaceful demonstration which transformed the city from a communistic hell-hole into its breathtaking former self. It is laden with graffiti in memory of John Lennon as well as many mottos, sayings and bible verses, marking the importance of peace love and respect.




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