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18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
Across the Tepla

Karlovy Vary is a town in the northeastern part of the Czech Republic. It lies along the Tepla River and sits in a valley surrounded by forested hills. Its claim to fame is the numerous thermal springs that brought the rich and famous (among many others) to soak in its therapeutic baths. Its restored Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings are impressive, and its setting alone gives it an atmosphere of beauty and peace. I was a frequent visitor to this town and got to know it on foot so that I might discover the lesser-known but visually appealing parts. On one trip, I stayed at a bed-and-breakfast away from the center (and “up in the hills”). One morning, as I traveled downhill to town, I took a route that led me to this striking vista overlooking an opulent fenced-in home with a beautifully manicured garden facing part of the city which stood on a hill across the Tepla river valley. I shoot using an infrared camera most of the time—this was the perfect time and place.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: Karlovy Vary, Czechia
Camera: DMC-LX100
Copyright: © Bob Gottlieb