After spending the first week of having my friends and family here with me in the Czech Republic traveling around, we had the intention of spending the second week relaxing at home.
Things didn't go to plan as we somehow crammed in so many more fabulous places including the spa town of Karlovy Vary, a day cafe hopping in Prague, and a trip to Chomutov where there's one of the only Alum lakes in the world.
We had such a wonderful time and the predicted bad weather didn't really happen and instead we got goldern sunshine and lovely warm autumn temperatures almost every day.
Karlovy Vary is a spa town in the west of the Czech Republic and famous for its healing waters. I love these type of spa towns as they have a relaxed, old fashioned feel to them.
Walking around Karlovy Vary you're just wowed by the amazing architecture, the steep hillsides dotted with houses, hotels, and statues, the sounds of tricking water, cafes serving cake and coffee... its like time has stood still.
I went there for a day earlier in the year with my mother and we just walked around. This time we decided to visit the Thermal Hotel which has an amazing swimming pool perched on the edge of the cliff side overlooking the town.
You can buy tickets online or at the hotel and its around 500kc for a day which is around 20USD. Towels and sheets are provided and there are endless spa activities you can fill your day with... or you can just sit on a lounger by the pool and take in the autumn sunshine which what I did for the first hour.
There is an amazing swimming pool and a large hot spa water pool ideal for relaxing. And I felt completely and utterly relaxed.
I managed to spend an hour in the "sauna world" which I completed with a refreshing emersion in the ice cold plunge pool. But the most wonderful part of the day was being in such a lovely place with the people I love most.