Prague, Czech Republic: City of a Hundred Spires

Cassy and I had the opportunity to travel to the Czech Republic to an exclusive business retreat. I surround myself with people that are more successful than me so I can learn from them.

“Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.”

Proverbs 15:22

Allyse is one of those advisers. Allyse is one of the top network marketing professionals in the world. She guided us when we started our network marketing business.

Today, she is able to spend majority of her time raising her family and volunteering at schools. With the income generated from the network marketing business, she and her husband  Patrick purchased 90 acres of land and a boutique hotel in the Czech Republic.

At the retreat, we learned how to run our business more efficiently so that we can take our business to the next level. Allyse also provided private consultation, where she customizes a plan for the entire year. Since Allyse time is valuable, flying to Czech Republic is the only time we can receive personal consultation from her.

Why Czech Republic?

Our mentors Patrick and Allyse moved to the Czech Republic with three of their children. Patrick’s family was originally from the Czech republic. Although Patrick was born and raised in Canada, he and his wife Allyse has a heart for the Czech people. Their dream was to start a vocational school for young adults. Here they bring business owners from different industries to teach the young men and women business skills so they can move ahead in life. Allyse also volunteers at the local elementary school to teach English.

Their dream came true, when they purchased a hotel in Načeradec. They now have a place to host a school and retreats.

The Boutique Hotel

The hotel was amazing. We had food everyday. It was in the nice country side. We rode on the ATVs. I shot clay pigeons. They had a sauna. Cassy and I stayed in one of the apartments. Our schedule alternated between business training and excursions. The breaks between each business training day really helped me retain my memory. I’ve gone to two-day intensives before, but this more effective. Everyone who attended were successful network marketing professionals. I learned a lot from them too.

Touring Prague

Spiral Potato Chips. Yum!

In Prague, we visited the Prague Castle and the Charles Bridge. Prague is home to the third-oldest astronomical clock built in 1420. It is the oldest one still operating. At the end of the day, we took a vintage car tour. You can tell them to take you drop you off to your destination in the city and they will give you an amazing tour before doing so. We rode in retrofitted 1930’s Praga (Czeck automotive brand) convertibles.. Well worth it when you are traveling with a  group of people. We even learned a few things about the city!

Food

Czech food is not your typical meat and potatoes. Unlike the United States, the food is not as processed as in the US and it is amazing. We had Krupice, which was a Czech grain porridge. Párek v rohlíku is the Czech version of the hot dog. instead of a bun, they place the sausage in the bread. Smažený sýr is fried cheese.

The Czeck style of potatoes trip is thicker than a potato chip but thinner than a potato wedge. If you love desserts, Trdelnik a spit cake that can be filled with ice cream.

Castles

The Czech Republic has hundreds of castles.

We visited four castles. The only castles I’ve visited were Disney Castles or the castle in Japan. I had no idea how massive they were.

Hluboká Castle

We visited the following castles:

  • Prague Castle, The castle was a seat of power for kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman emperors, and presidents of Czechoslovakia
  • Konopiste, Franz Ferdinand’s last residence. He had a collection of over 100,000 hunting trophies. You can see a lot of the antlers down the hall. It also has the third largest collection of armory and medieval weapons
  • Hluboká Castle, one of the most beautiful castles in the Czech Republic
  • Lednice Chateau, known for it’s beautiful word work and architecture

Each castle or chateau had very distinct personalities and styles. It was worth going to each one. Some were used as summer places while others were used as hunting lodges. If you got the Czech republic, you must see some of the castles. My favorite part was the history and the intricate details of the interior and exterior of each castle.

Masterly Crafted Wooden Staircase in Lednice Castle. These were made without nails!

More fun!

We also visited Cesky Krumlov which is a small castle city. They had many local shops and restaurants.

Czech Republic is known for their Bohemian Crystal. They also have a lot of hand crafted wooden toys and decorations.

One thing I noticed was that many of the buildings in the Czech Republic are painted bright pastel colors like pink or yellow. I learned that this is an expression of freedom since many of the buildings were gray during the communist regime.

1930s Praga Convertible that is running today!

Tips

You will need money (in Czech Korunas) to use the restrooms. Some hotels and restaurants may have restrooms for you to use. Have money ready just in case.

Hot chocolate may not be as sweet as in the United States. Make sure before you order.

Some places have a no picture policy.

Traveling to Prague was a life changing experience.

Sometimes we have to take the leap. Getting a mentor may not be that easy. It may take time, work, and commitment. Sometimes it takes a financial investment. That’s a part of growth.

What areas of your life do you have a mentor or adviser in? If you are looking for essential oil business mentors, we’d be glad to connect you with the right ones.

To your success,

Holan

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