Budapest & Prague: Day Eight (Karlovy Vary)

On the final day, our tour guide, Veronika, took us to Karlovy Vary, a beautiful little town nestled into the idyllic hills of the northwest Czech Republic. This is such an interesting place. You can see the mountains of Germany just a few miles away. One of the buildings was used in a James Bond movie. Many of the new hotels, owned by wealthy Russians, are completely empty. Hot springs abound, and this is a favored spa town. This is also the playground for the extremely wealthy: tragically, no street-side cafés or coffee shops dotting the riverwalk, only expensive jewelry stores and Moher china. (The factory is just a few miles away!)

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