"It is a bittersweet thing, knowing two cultures. It is a curse to love two countries."
Prague has captured my soul and tugs at my heartstrings, thus I want to share my love of this beautiful city with you.
I want you to fall in love as I have.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
"Prague Ranked Ninth by TripAdvisor"
Of course, I'd rank it higher, but we won't go into that.
PRAGUE RANKED NINTH BY TRIPADVISOR
The city fell three spots, and the description is a bit outdated
BY RAYMOND JOHNSTON - PRAGUE.TV (FOTO: FOTOLIA)
Prague came in ninth place in TripAdvisor's ranking of top destinations in the 2017 Travelers' Choice Awards. It had been at number six in the previous list from 2016. Six of the top 10 for 2017 were in Europe.
Topping out the 2017 list was Bali, Indonesia, which was not in the previous top 25. Other places to beat Prague were London in second place followed by Paris, Rome, New York City, Crete, Barcelona and Siem Reap. Following Prague and rounding out the top 10 was Phuket.
TripAdvisor's description of Prague is perhaps a bit pedestrian and slightly overwritten. It is also a bit dated as the culinary and potent potable scene has expanded greatly beyond taverns and cellars.
“The bohemian allure and fairytale features of Prague make it a perfect destination for beach-weary vacationers who want to immerse themselves in culture. You could devote an entire day to exploring Pražský hrad (Prague Castle), then refueling over a hearty dinner at a classic Czech tavern. Spend some time wandering the Old Town Square before heading over to gape at The Old Town Hall and Astronomical Clock. Prague’s best bars are found in cellars, where historic pubs set the scene for a night of traditional tippling,” TripAdvisor states.
The Old Town Hall and the Astronomical Clock will be under renovation this year and into 2018, though exact dates haven't been disclosed. The site lists 2,513 thing to do in the city, so disappointed visitors will have to settle for something else.
The rankings are based on input from users of the site, who post comments and star ratings. The drop in Prague's ranking doesn't necessarily mean the city got any worse, it just means that other destinations were ranked higher in some aspects.
London had been top-ranked but dropped one place since last year, pushed aside by upstart Bali. One of the big losers was Istanbul which fell to 11th place from second. Marrakech also saw a big drop, to 16th place from third. Hanoi, which had been eighth, dropped out of the top 25 completely. Ubud, Indonesia, which had been 10th also fell of the list. Others to drop off the list were Lisbon, Bangkok, Amsterdam, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, Cape Town, Tokyo, Sydney and Budapest.
Newcomers in 2017, aside from Bali, were Crete, Phuket, Jamaica, Hoi An, Roatan, Ambergris Caye, Rio de Janeiro, St. Maarten, Grand Cayman and Bora Bora.