Thermal Springs, Liqueor, Beer and... Russians

Trip Start Mar 26, 2011
Trip End Mar 30, 2011

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Sunday, March 27, 2011

Prague was exactly how I had it in my mind from the last day: wonderful.
But the city tour was to be done only tomorrow. Why?
Well, because today was reserved for the renowned Karlovy Vari Resort.
Besides the good Czech beer, here they have water. Hot water from thermal springs.
It's especially good for treatments, and the soviets... sorry, Russians know this for ages.
That's why they love it so much.
This water has laxative effects so I do not reccommend it for more than one small cup. Just so you get a taste of it and get on with your tour.

The tour started with a rough gathering in the hotel lobby.
After yesterday's flight, they were all still getting used to the new country, new time settings, and so on. The only thing NOT getting used to was being on time.
So we finally find ourselves in the coach, on our way to this resort.
The guide - yes, we had a guide - was Romanian speaking and he entertained the ladies - yes, a ladies group - all the way to Karlovy Vari.
It was a good thing that I was sitting in the back, so no one could have seen me sleeping - yes, snorring.
Our first visit was at the Moser Factory, where they make all that expensive Czech glass. And I'm talikng about the real deal, not the Swarovsky plastics ;)
After the permanent exhibition, with a lot of products presented with their history, they let you get inside the actual factory, to see the people working.
Though it's awfully hot in there, you cannot appreciate and respect the work these people do so that some almost rich tourist can have a vase on their table. If you ask me, it's absolutely useless. For these matters, IKEA does it best: simple and cheap. This way, I don't have to worry about a 500 EURO vase, or a 50 EURO pint. Well, maybe you'll like it more.
Lunch was in an old building: the post inn, turned into a restaurant in 1700.. something: POSTOVNID VUR.
A lot of old clocks add up to the place.
The food is good, and not very expensive: 32 EUROs per person for a 3-course menu, including coffee, tea, beverage and beer. No one needed anything else, as this was more than plenty.
At the end, according to my calculations, each participant had an average of 3 beers. And they were mostly women, in their late 50s. Good for them!

After this meal, the local transportation company took us back to the city to continue our visit.
Maybe because it was a Sunday, the main street was not so crowded, just the thing for a group just like mine.

(TIP: While you're there, try the local biscuits/waffers. I still cannot give you a proper feed-back on this. I do not know if liked this or not.
And if have one too many, if you;re accommodated there, you can have a drink from the natural springs located in the very center of the resort. The difference is made by the temperature of water.
But remember, it can have laxative effects!)

A short well deserved walk took us through the city: luxurious hotels, nice people, fairy tale views, and Russians.
It looks like since the Czechs were invaded by the Soviets, Russians decided to take this city under their flag one way or another.
If you somehow manage to miss the two huge tower hotels in the very centre, then , you will not do the same with the people there. At all times you can hear Russian from someone next to you. It's a Russian frenzy over there.
Luckly for the locals, these guys help them make a lot of money.
I guess we can all agree that this second invasion is better.

Next on the list was the Becher Museum, where you can find the story of the national drink and pride: Becherovska. A plant based liqueor... with medicinal effects.
The product tasting reminded me a little of the Heineken Museum in Amsterdam (very little!!!).

After some shots of this drink, no one wanted anything else but to be in that coach asap, to get some sleep until we reached the hotel.
Of course, dinner was just another pretext to have some beer, in large quantities.

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