Friday, October 11, 2013

Karlovy Vary

Karlovy Vary is about 2 hours away from Graf in the Czech republic and makes a feasible daytrip option or an easy 2-day weekend trip. We've done both versions. When we stayed overnight we used to reserve the fantastically reasonable Residence Certovka, complete with children's playground, secure parking lot and fully furnished apartment.

When we're in Karlovy Vary we like to stroll the promenade, sip the strange waters out of the unique straw-handled cups, and take the funicular railway. The latter is not the most overwhelming experience, but we're big train fans so we do it.

We've been to two of the swimming pools: the rooftop pool on top of Hotel Thermal, and the indoor pool at the Elizabeth Spa. They were both fairly simple pools, with the Elizabeth having a bit of a kids' area and some jet-stream areas. I think the main attraction is the fact that the pool water has some thermal spring water in it, and they may both be a little overpriced, but swimming is a nice family activity that entertains the kids after a long car ride.

Lots of restaurants along the main street offer good food, and shoppers will find crystal, furs, and untold other treasures in the area. ATMs and money changers abound.

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