When we traveled with the kids on super long plane flights we had an ongoing joke about just popping a klambien (klonopin + ambien) to sleep until you got there. I caught a nasty cold in Krakow and came up with the perfect solution in Warsaw. I had a Blantaflu (Blanton’s + theraflu) and discovered a new winning combination to get rid of a cold. Traveling when you feel like shit is not fun. Note to self.
Budapest is riddled with coffee shops. We started out at Espresso Embassy. A beautiful coffee shop with vaulted ceilings that have a warm cave atmosphere. Fred couldn’t be happier. Starting his day out with the perfect coffee is part of his daily routine.
Next stop is Central Market. The place was humming. You can learn a lot about the culture of a city from the markets. There is a consistent theme here….paprika and sausages. These purveyors make up the majority of the center market and the fruits and vegetables line up on the sides. A worthy stop.
The rail here is quite easy and that has helped us get around besides massive walking. The architecture is really old and beautiful. If you did not know that you were in Budapest, you might think you are in Paris walking down some of the big long wide streets. My guess is that is what Warsaw looked like before it was destroyed.
We walked over to Belvarosi Disznotros. There are a few in the city. A bit like cafeteria food behind the counter although really good. We had the sausage, sweet sour cabbage, house-made chips, a beer and some ketchup and sweet mustard on the side. I love this stuff. When I lived in London during college I lived on pub food so I could not have been happier.
Our hunt for art galleries in every city is endless. Each city is insanely different. The first few we found were closed. We hunted down the Knoll gallery that was hidden inside a building, on the second floor and trust me not easy to find. The best part of the hunt was this beautiful courtyard inside the apartment building.
We found another gallery. This is one of the local artists.
Needing a pick me up we landed at Artizan and had the sweet of the house, a cardamon cream filled cinnamon bun.
Dinner was at Mak Sor. Again a beautiful soaring cave like ceiling. We opted for the wine pairing 5 course dinner (vs 7). The whole thing reminded me of restaurants in the 90’s. This was the beef onglet with layered cabbage and blinis on the side.
We wandered back to our hotel through some beautiful squares. More tomorrow.