Snugly tucked in between two hills at the foot of the Strážovské vrchy mountains, along the river Teplička, one can find a small city called Trenčianske Teplice, once famous for its Spa hotels and the annual Art Film Fest.

Walking through the streets of Teplice, I somehow got a distinct feeling of nostalgia and yearning for the past. To me, what made the visit memorable was not the so-called “Bridge of Fame,” where actors like Jeremy Irons and Ben Kingsley have been immortalized in stone plaques. Nor was it the beautiful promenade with the statue of Charlie Chaplin. What made it memorable were the many buildings that have not withstood the test of time, making the city a decaying memory of what Trenčianske Teplice once was - a regal Spa city where the rich and famous slept in beautiful hotels and enjoyed the warm waters of the natural springs.