Karlovy Vary, Czechia
The Anglicized name of this town is Carlsbad, which means Charles’ Baths. Charles IV (1346 – 1378), who was the first King of Bohemia and went on to be a Holy Roman Emperor, founded Karlovy Vary as a spa town after he discovered its healing hot springs. It is the largest spa town in Europe.
We went to the Alžbětiny Lázně (“Elizabeth Baths”), a stand-alone spa that has been around for over 100 years. It was old-school and we each got a mineral water tub soak, massage and a session relaxing in their salt cave.

This is a traditional Czech dish: steak, topped with a lemon, jam and whipped cream. The big white things are dumplings.

Apparently, Sigmund Freud and Karl Marx used to stay at our hotel when they visited the spas.