Karlovy Vary Day trip - Part 1

Trip Start Aug 24, 2011
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Trip End Sep 01, 2011


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Albion Hotel Prague
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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Sunday, August 28, 2011


Karlovy Vary is famous for its 13 major hot springs of curative mineral waters, and it is a destination I longed to visit again. The most popular hot spring is the Sprudel which springs its curative water to a height of 12 metres. Never in my life have I seen so many hotels of such beauty that stand out like palaces.

Nowadays it is a popular destination not to be missed and the two and a half hour trip by coach is nothing compared to what you will find here. It is unbelievably beautiful. Karlovy Vary is a Spa town near the German border located in western Bohemia. The 13 major hot springs and three hundred minor ones have drawn tourists and celebrities for centuries. The waters can still be imbibed today!

The eclectic architectural style of the buildings here is variegated and reflects the diversity of its historic visitors. The International Film Festival takes place every summer and Karlovy Vary welcomes famous film stars. In the past personalities such as Beethoven, Mozart, Franz Kafka, Alphonse Mucha and Casanova used to visit this place.

On our previous trip the tour guide suggested that we buy tiny porcelain cups and taste the spring water. Of course the water is hot and tastes awful. She also suggested that we buy one of those roses which are sold here and she told us that they are real roses which are left in the water and after months or years they get that rusty look. I expected something similar on this trip, but our guide this time never mentioned anything about roses or other rusty products, and nothing about the small teapots. Instead he urged the group to buy herb products. He even suggested the (best shop) which was closed and he had us waiting for his friend to come and open the little shop for us. I was just watching people buying but I could not interfere. Later on as we were having a walk people saw that these shops were scattered all over, and some of them found much cheaper price for the same products. Of course this is how a number of the guides work – on commission. How bad it is if you know about this but you cannot talk.

What is worth buying here is the pink porcelain which is very famous, but as a traveller myself I am interested in nothing else, but my travels.

Oh yes, and when it comes to Karlovy Vary's waffles! It is as if you cannot find them anywhere else and I laugh when I see stupid people in queues waiting to buy. Everyone in the group wanted to buy. Some bought them from the beginning of the tour and had to carry them along for 4 or 5 hours. Others waited till the last moment and they had no time to buy in the end because the coach was leaving. The worst misunderstanding of the days took place here this day. Those who did not buy got furious. Friends became enemies from that moment on and the "waffles" were to blame. The coach was full of these waffles carried in plastic bags. I did not even bother to taste one. They are packed in boxes of six, and our group must have bought at least one hundred such boxes.

I attach the entry of 2001 as well. Of course the photos were not from a digital camera…probably did not exist that time! http://blog.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/greekcypriot/2/992792124/tpod.html

My photos on this trip are so many that I am creating a second entry on Karlovy Vary which will follow.

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rossport
rossport on

what an amazing place the colours and style of buildings is fantastic did u stay at any of the hotels or was it a day trip popi

greekcypriot
greekcypriot on

ha ha ha! Now I caught you Steart.
You did not read the entry or the previous entry probably. We are on a day trip out here. (I put a cross for you here) lol

rossport
rossport on

opps i missed that one :( and yes i am bad lol

mmbcross
mmbcross on

Goodness, that certainly is a beautiful place. Poor Popi, you are just not a package tour person! Although you are seeing such beautiful things, you are suffering inside. You'd love to there with just Yianni, not with a disagreeable bunch of squabbling tourists. You are just like us. We look, admire, photograph and remember all the wonders we see, but rarely buy anything. Most of it is made in China anyway! Just imagine, all those bags of waffles!!!

greekcypriot
greekcypriot on

Yes Martin, exactly...you understand just how I feel. I hate these kind of trips, it is either me and Yianni or all on my own. I still enjoy it. But this mess with everyone, people who travel only once a year, and want to buy anything they come across makes me sick.

blubel13
blubel13 on

Those trips can be nice because sometimes I feel like I missed out on some of the best spots to see...but I do agree with you, I would much rather see the beauty of the area without a timetable or someone shuttling me from spot to spot. Plus the groups you end up with can be a bit...intense...I am glad that you still were able to get some amazing photographs to share!!! So beautiful. I hope I can see this area for myself sometime!

greekcypriot
greekcypriot on

I am sure you will have the chance to see these places. You are so young, full of life and excitement!

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