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Old 04-19-2009, 07:55 PM
 
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I have the opportunity to go to Prague or Florence for a month this summer. I'm very torn between the two. What about the cities should I know before I make my choice?
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Old 04-19-2009, 09:28 PM
 
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I want to add that finances are somewhat limited.
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Old 04-20-2009, 02:39 AM
 
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Outside of summer, I would definitely have chosen Florence; in summer, you can give a try for Prague without freezing your ass off!
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Old 04-20-2009, 05:21 AM
 
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I adore both Prague and Florence but I would personally chose Florence, especially if finances are limited. We spent 2 weeks in Prague last Spring and I was shocked how expensive it was. I had not been since the 80s and it really was incredibly pricey ( well for us in the UK anyway).


Prague is a stunning city and the Architecture is sublime if like me you are an Architecture buff and fan of the built environment. I would say though that its very quick "Westernisation" has meant a certain loss of its charms and it can often feel like a tourist hell. Charles Bridge has now become really quite a hassle to walk on simply because of the amount of tourism.

Florence is also very touristy and its Architecture and wealth of Art and wonderful museums also makes it a fantastic destination but to me it still has charm in buckets, the food is mostly fabulous and of course Tuscany is on yopur doorstep and should not be missed.

Both cities have their charms, but Prague felt almost fake to me last year, very very beautiful but a little stilted.


If you do chose Prague I would recommend a train journey to Budapest ( very easy) and a a couple of nights' stay there. Budapest is also quite a wonderful city and has still kept some of its former charms ( their economy is doing very badly at the moment so it might also be cheaper).


If you do visit Budapest I would stronlgy recommend a visit to the Hungarian Parliament which is an absolute joy of a building as well as the Museum of Ethnology opposite which is a facinating insight into the different cultures and ethnicities which have made Hungary for centuries.
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Old 05-08-2009, 12:12 AM
 
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Prague! Prague is a wonderful city. It has a great nightlife, if you are interested or not. The city is beautiful as well. If you have a chance, give Budapest a shot as well. It's another city with an interesting history. PM if you have any questions about restaurants or anything in general!
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