A Trip to Karlovy Vary

What do you do, when you have a visitor who has by now seen more of your hometown than you?

You go out of town. For example to a nice little spa town in a neighboring country.

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When we arrived in Karlovy Vary, it looked really cute.

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First, we went to see the famous Moser glassworks.

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They showed us how they produce some of their beautiful crystal glass.

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After the glass gets its shape, it has to cool down slowly in a special oven. Glasses take about 2 hours, vases about 2 days.

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There is also a museum that showcases products from different eras and the founders:

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My personal favorite:

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This is a glass model of the glass works:

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And here are some famous people who have used the glasses:

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It was quite interesting. There is also a shop, of course.

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You can ask for prices, the question is whether it is wise. We didn’t. Also, the glasses have one major drawback: You should not toast with Moser glassware.

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Then we moved on to a different museum. Have you heard of Becherovka?

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Jan Becher was a pharmacist who developed a “healthy drink” made of an alcoholic extraction of various spices and herbs… the recommended daily intake? 40 ml.

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It was also popular with German royalty and an amount of 50 liters per month was ordered for the court.

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This illustrates the process. The recipe includes clove, cinnamon, and mugwort and is so secret only 2 people know it.

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Of course there was a tasting. The Original was good, the Lemond was also really nice, but the Cordial too sweet. We also tried the other two products, Ice&Fire and KV40, both not as good as the original.

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Slightly tipsy we went shopping for another Karlsbad specialty: Oblatky.

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We also saw the famous and very pretty colonnades.

Park colonnade:

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Mill colonnade:

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They do have more, but we decides it was enough. The theater was my favorite house:

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Then we walked around town some more.

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By the way, to be a proper tourist here, you have to buy a cup and drink the healing water from all the 12 springs. The 13th is said to be Becherovka.

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After a lovely dinner at this place,

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…we took the bus home to Bayreuth. We had walked about 20 km that day and felt every meter of it.

Sad news: My nougat oblatky are already gone, but I still have some with coconut left.

And now to the really sad news: Anny is leaving today! Although, I cannot blame her, who wouldn’t want to go back to Italy? And the Lago Maggiore at that?

 

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