Ruslan Yordanov, a Bulgarian traveller and Blogger shares a glimpse of his visit to Karlovy vary, the Czech Republic, where he participated in an attempt to create a record of most people drinking simultaneously light mineral water.
He emphasized that 137 people took part in this attempt, which is expected to be officially recognized, an original idea he supported.
On October 5 at 6.30 pm, the local government and the participants of the congress of the European SPA Association from more than 20 countries gathered in front of the picturesque column in the central part of the city, especially for the event; everyone received traditional cups to fill water from the Charles IV spring with 64 °C.
The initiative comes under the motto “Drink for Health”. The event was attended by Thierry Dubois – President of the European SPA Association, and Dr Siika Katsarova – Vice President of the Bulgarian SPA Association; representatives of hotels from Bulgaria and national organizations from Europe who are in Karlovy Vary for the 27th Congress of the European Spa Association.
While exploring Karlovy Vary, Yordanov remarked that the country welcomes tourists from all over the world, and there are large groups from Asia.
The Czech city is 120 km from Prague, located in a beautiful and forested valley. Today, the town has retained its aristocratic and elegant appearance, thanks to colourful buildings with rich, preserved 19th-century architecture. The thermal water in Karlovy Vary is of particular respect, and its drinking has become something of worship.
Children receive a culture of drinking therapeutic liquid from the designer Czechs in the city from an early age. Thousands of pedestrians on the central street hold the region’s emblematic pods (burdock) in various shapes and decorations. During their walks or breaks on the benches, they sip from hot thermal water and have preserved traditions for centuries.
The Bulgarian Blogger informed that in Karlovy Vary, visitors can explore dozens of landmarks, temples and museums, including the Church of Saint Mary Magdalene from the XVIII-XIX centuries, built by a project by K. Dienzenhofer.
From October 4 to 6, the city hosted the 27th European SPA Congress. European leaders in the SPA industry, including the Bulgarian Union of Balneology and SPA Tourism, discuss various topics and set the vision for developing balneo and SPA tourism worldwide.