The Midget Parade Begins...
Trip Start Jun 24, 2010
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So Friday morning, we took a bus to Karlovy Vary. This place is known for a couple of things:
1) the spas
2) the healing waters
3) the Russians
When I told my students I wouldn't be in class on Friday morning, and that I was going to Karlovy Vary, they all said it was a Russian town
So we arrived at the bus station in Karlovy Vary just before 11 am and realized we were a little hungry. Emily had smeared chocolate from her breakfast bar all over her jacket and I hadn't eaten anything, so we asked for a map of the town and then went to find some food. There was a nice cheap restaurant sitting on a very pretty, quiet street, so we sat down there and tried to decipher the menu. We could recognize 'gulaš polevka,' 'svičkova,' and the price, so we ended up with two meals of goulash soup, beef with cream sauce, and a Fanta. A rather large meal, but we figured we'd probably only have time for one meal and then just grab a snack before the bus back to Prague. After lunch, we followed the path on our map - it took us past the Becherovka museum (because Jan Becher, the man who invented Becherovka, was from Karlovy Vary), the old town, the springs, Diana tower, and the basilicas of St. Peter and (what we thought was) Aladdin. The old part of the town was beautiful - buildings built into hillsides, brilliant colors, colonnades and promenades for the hot springs..
In the afternoon, we considered going to one of the many spas in town. But we looked at the prices and packages at a couple of them and decided our time and money would be better spent on the baths in Budapest. We knew what to expect there and we knew we wouldn't be let down or ripped off
Grabbing a bite would have been a good idea...if we had stuck with the part about just 'a bite.' Unfortunately, we have this problem where, we start looking for a restaurant and say that we'll look around a bit and find the best menu, but we always end up eating at the first restaurant we come across. And this has been alright so far, but someday we may not be so lucky.
At this restaurant, Petr, we sat down in the outdoor seating and looked over the menu. We both immediately saw under Typical Czech Cuisine the 'Bohemian Feast for Two.' You're curious, aren't you? We were too. This feast served you rabbit, duck, goose, pork, sausage, lamb, and beef. And because, well sometimes seven meats aren't enough, there were also three kinds of dumplings (bread dumplings, potato dumplings, and meat-stuffed dumplings) and two kinds of cabbage. All topped off with half an orange. We knew we had to do it. So when the waiter came, I said, "We'll share the Bohemian Feast for Two." He looked at us and replied, "Only one?" Astonished, we just nodded and said, "Yes. Only one." This man was ridiculous! How could he think we could each have our own 'feast for two'? So he brought out the bread basket and he brought out our drinks and he brought out the silverware
So after our enormous feast, we headed back to the bus station and took our bright yellow Student Agency bus back to Prague.