Oh, the Water............
Trip Start Apr 25, 2007
17Trip End Oct 03, 2007
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Karlovy Vary is my favorite of the spa towns, with its long, winding river, hills on both sides, Art Nouveau architecture, and hundreds of kilometers of forest trails
But, back to the water. I've tried, believe me, I've tried, but I just can't do it. My vote for the most revolting sip of water I've ever had, and I actually PAID for it, was in a spa town called Fratiskovy Lazne. The town is lovely, but the water stinks. Literally. There was one tiny pavilion we went into where you were almost shoved backwards by the hot stench of the spring, and the water I tried, which cost me 6 crowns for a sippy cup (20 cents), made me gag and have to sit down. But people swear by it, and I actually heard three Czech women oohing and aahing over the stinky stuff. Maybe you get used to it, or just immune to it? So, in Marianske Lazne (or Marienbad, as in the movie "Last Days at Marienbad"), I decided to skip the gagging sensation and eat the famous wafers instead. People buy cases of them to take home.....vanilla, chocolate, and coffee flavored. Much more soothing and healing than the waters, in my opinion.
Thank God for Kynswart, another spa town, much smaller, with a beautiful manor house and park. There is a spring there that bubbles forth the most delicious water I have ever had. It is cold, pure, and slightly sparkling. Dan and I filled up six large plastic bottles with the heavenly, non-smelling water, and I could finally see what all the fuss was about......