Travel

Seljavallalaug

Here’s a new addition to the European swimming pool agenda. And this one is not some fancy Parisian resort pool. In fact, it has to be the most remote (and cold) pool I’ve see so far.

Here’s how to find Seljavallalaug pool: From Reykjavík, Iceland, drive two-and-a-half-hours along the coast. Then park and hike 20 minutes past some glaciers, volcanoes, and a waterfall. 😮 Now jump in!

Once you get there, it’s free. In the summer, it might be “dyed a beautiful shade of green” due to algae, not unlike our own Barton Springs Pool here in Austin.

If I ever make it to Iceland, I’ll remember to bring my swim suit (and a really warm towel)!

Travel

Széchenyi thermal bath, Budapest

Szechenyi Baths in Budapest is now on my fantasy European pool/spa itinerary. Built in 1913, this pool is “the most visited and much praised attraction in Budapest: relaxing, fun, affordable and, at night, romantic.”

Apparently those Hungarians even like to hang out and play chess in the pool (when they’re not making out 🤷🏻‍♂️).

Austin

Favorite Austin Hotel Pools

There’s just something about a hotel pool. 🤩 Here are some wet and sunny spots to enjoy around Austin. This picture is of the Austin Motel pool, but many more are listed in the post.

Texas

Cypress Falls Swimming Hole

Another great swimming spot near Wimberly. Perhaps an alternative to the Blue Hole if it’s full or you want to try something new.

Adding to my Texas swimming holes list.

Travel

Jörgerbad

Another one for the ultimate European pool / spa / bath tour. This one is in Vienna, Austria and looks especially glorious. 😊

Texas

Blanco State Park

I’m excited about the European pool / spa tour, but you I don’t have to go that far away for a great swimming spot. Right here in Texas we have some more rustic and natural options. I’m officially starting a new series of Texas swimming holes for when summer rolls around again.

To kick things off, Blanco State Park. ☺️