18 June ’04, Friday. Readied the van for travel and by 09:30 we were headed to Františkovy Lázne. Now I must admit, we had heard the story from Gerda and we were still shocked as we pulled in to this unique little city.
Our question is “Why Hasn’t The Tourist Literature got this listed as a must see?” The first “written” mention of local mineral waters dates back to 1406. The waters have been drank from the local springs for “Curing” By 1714 there was an inn at the springs with 12 rooms and 14 bathing cabins.
Today, there are “many” hotels and spas to accommodate the masses that come for the curing waters of Františkovy Lázne. I tried to take pictures that would do justice to the city but as I was doing my editing it didn’t show the “true” beauty the city deserves. For that reason I took a picture of a painting that would do a lot more to give you a glimpse of what we saw.
Now, saying all that, there is a lot of cosmetic fixing that must be done on the buildings to bring them up to the standard they once had. It will take a lot of money and I hope that the government of the Czech Republic will help. Next we were off to another “Spa” town and then onto Prague tomorrow evening. Our next destination was Mariánské Láznì which we pulled into at 3pm. This gave us a hour and a half of sightseeing before heading off to our campgrounds for the night. This wasn’t near enough time so we will….. Tomorrow….More Mariánské Lázne and then off to Prague for Saturday night at the campgrounds