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SweetEscape's Top Winter Destination: Prague
29 Nov 2017PLACESBY SweetEscape

As Czech Republic’s capital city, Prague has much to offer all-year round. The landscape consists of stunning architecture, historical buildings including the largest ancient castle in the world, breathtaking natural elements and more.

But something magical happens each time during winter. The city turns into a fairytale snow-covered architecture where a blanket of white covers the gorgeous structures all around. The enchanting city comes alive with an aura of mystery with romantic vibes, but the festivities and excitement from locals and tourists also balance that charm nicely for a perfect traveling experience.

Everywhere you go during winter time, especially December to early January, there will be Christmas markets everywhere. And Prague’s Christmas markets are considered as some of the best ones in the whole of Europe.

Take a stroll around the Old Town Square or other areas, and you won't be able to escape these heart-warming town activities. Expect to see giant Christmas tree decked in the most spectacular lightings and decorations. Performances are ready to entertain on the center stage, be it from children choir to light shows, while food stalls serving warm Czech stews or gravy soup.

The best thing about being a tourist during winter in Prague doesn’t just stop at the Christmas scene or the events. It is also considered low season ( except for the time near Christmas or 3rd week of December), so you can expect fewer crowds and cheaper accommodation. Most of the prices are still half the price of half season!

So, if you’re looking to spend the best winter holiday ever. It’s no exaggeration to say that Prague is one of the most worthy destination ever. Wake up to a Gothic architecture in the distance while the glistening snow and gentle fog enveloped your view with mystery, it’s going to a holiday treat that’ll stay with you forever.

by Evgeniya for SweetEscape in Prague

by Evgeniya for SweetEscape in Prague

by Evgeniya for SweetEscape in Prague

by Evgeniya for SweetEscape in Prague

by Evgeniya for SweetEscape in Prague
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Sidney and Etha Mohede: Christmas Tradition in Our Family
12 Dec 2019STORIESBY SweetEscape

Among the Indonesian Christian community, Sidney and Etha Mohede are extremely popular. Sidney is best known as an award-winning gospel singer-songwriter and one of the pastors of a Jakarta-based megachurch, while Etha is a social media influencer. This Christmas season, we had the opportunity to talk with The Mohedes about their Christmas tradition, how they're going to spend this year's Christmas, and the importance of photography for their family.

by Priscilla for SweetEscape in Amsterdam
by Priscilla for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

1. Tell us about Christmas in your family!

We think our family's Christmas is just like any other family's. When we're in Jakarta, on Christmas morning we'd wake up and open our Christmas presents. But, since these couple of years we spent our Christmases traveling overseas, we'd open the presents before we fly off.

Also, we like to think that the trip itself is the present for the entire family, and we are happy to enjoy the trip together, just us and our three children.

2. Any particular Christmas dinner tradition?

Our family's Christmas dinner usually happens on the Christmas Eve, with simple dishes and no special table decorations. We always like to finish up all the hassle before Christmas Day itself. On Christmas Day we'd usually just eat simple take outs and just enjoy our time together.

However, we think that our family's dinners–be it Christmas or not–is a tradition in itself. We want to make sure that every family member sit around the table at dinner time. We see nowadays in modern families, at dinner time everybody's still busy with their own things; the kids watching videos on their tables, the parents still busy with their gadgets... We don't want that in our family. We make sure that everyone sits around the table and really enjoy our time together, including on Christmas dinners.

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3. Where will you be spending Christmas this year?

This year we'll be going to Europe, namely Italy and the Netherlands. This would be our first time in Italy, and it's a 3-families trip. We're flying off to Dusseldorf, then we'll travel to Milan and meet the other 2 families there. Then we'd spend 7 days in Italy and 7 days in Netherlands, so in total it would be a 14 days trip.

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

As for the detailed itinerary, we honestly have no clue, but we've already booked a car to drive around. We want to try a road trip-style holiday this time around, and we think it would be fun! It's going to be an adventure!

4. We know you travel a lot, especially Sidney. Do you take photos of your trip?

Of course! For me (Sidney) personally, I love photography because it is a way I can express my passion easily. I was an art major in university, and my first passion was drawing and painting. But drawing something takes a lot of time. With a camera, I can capture the beauty of what I was seeing wherever I go with a single snap. I can still use my brain and eye for the compositions and colours, and I can express my visual arts passion in an easy way, without having to spend more than 30 minutes to draw one picture.

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam
by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

Which is why, we also love SweetEscape very much, because the idea of not being the one who takes the photographs and actually being photographed once in a while is really fun! Honestly, I'm (Sidney) not a big fan of being photographed, like most guys, I believe. But for a family photo, it's always nice to have, since most of the times we'd have to take turns taking pictures with the kids, or resort to selfies. With SweetEscape, we don't have to worry about this, and all five of us can be in the picture together!

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

SweetEscape connects you to thousands of local professional photographers in more than 500 cities around the world, so you can capture every moment and get beautiful photos directly to your devices in just 48 hours after your session. This holiday season, capture more with SweetEscape's JINGLE DEALS, where you can get sessions starting as low as USD 50! Download our app, book your session today and let's #MakeLifeMemorable!