I spent four nights in Czech Republic. I really enjoyed my stay, but it also made me wonder about the losing appeal of traveling in the digital age.
I’ve been thinking. To be honest, I’ve been thinking about this same subject for a few years, but now it seems very topical again. Am I the only one who is rarely very impressed by popular tourist destinations?
A few reasons for this come to my mind. First, during this modern technological era that we’re living, probably all of us have seen most of the biggest tourist sights of the world countless of times. And we haven’t just seen them, but we’ve seen them in edited and stylized photographs that always look better than life itself.
The second reason is something that’s usually missing from those pictures: the huge herds of tourists. The old town of Prague was very beautiful, but the amount of people and noise everywhere are an inseparable and not always enjoyable part of the experience.
When I’m most impressed by tourist sights, it’s usually when I see them without too much advance information. Luckily, I had one of those experiences in Czech Republic when I visited Kutná Hora, one of the smaller old cities near Prague.
I only went to Kutná Hora to visit an art gallery. Our psychology student’s association in my university had taken their logo from an advert some of their students saw in Prague in 1991. Last year, one of my friends traced the original creator, who turned out to be a renowned Czech artist, Pavel Brázda, who is now 90 years old. Seeing his art in an exhibition was one of the highlights of my stay in Czech Republic.
Because I didn’t know much about Kutná Hora before my arrival, the element of surprise remained and I was very impressed by the city. After the crowds of Prague, the idyllic and quiet old town felt like a paradise.