Best Budapest Birthday Brunch - more eggs!!!
Sep 05, 2010
Aug 21, 2011
! After 12 miles we stopped for a coffee in a tiny village Alsonemedi which was unfortunately between two very busy roads and crazy drivers obviously used it as a cut through, racing through the village and past us. I ordered two cappuncinos which it turns out means a really strong expresso covered in whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles - actually pretty good! 20 more miles down a fast red road, on which we had to concentrate hard to avoid potholes and keep safe, we had an unromantic birthday lunch in the carpark of Dabas's supermarket. We then took a quiet white road all the way to Kecskemet. We had hoped to see cowboys in the plains, but they were obviously having a day off and all we saw were endless plains and dead snakes squashed on the road. Mikey has a genuine phobia of snakes inherited from his dad, so we couldn't stop even for a second and he was pretty freaked out! I said if one attacked him I would bite its head off. Arriving in the town after 56 miles, we had to try a few rooms before Hotel Udvarhaz had a vacancy. I think it was meant to be however because it was a lovely place and really central, and Mikey discovered the football was on as soon as we got to the room. A call from birthday Ellie and Dave came just before we went out for a meal and Mikey was so pleased to talk to them. We had an absolutely delicious meal in Cafe Liberte as recommended by the Lonely planet with Mikey's birthday money - thanks Ellie and Dave! We even had a traditional poppy cake dessert.
Woke up early both a bit tired having experienced the downside to a dorm room the night before when our drunken room mate was staggering around every couple of hours and kept leaving the light on! After I made Mikey a birthday cup of tea and we had a chat to the lovely owner of the hostel (who told us a scary story about the enormous dogs in Romania which shepherd keep to protect themselves and their sheep from the bears - will try and keep away from both!) we loaded the bikes and I led us to Central Kavehaz, an amazing traditional Hungarian coffee house. Juice and lattes accompanied Hungarian style scrambled eggs, containing paprika, onion and spicy sausage - Delicious! Mikey cleverly found the Euro Velo 6 bike track which for ONCE was really well sign posted and led us on a relaxing track out of the city along the Danube. (previusly this Euro velo 6 has been our nemesis, leading us to busy roads then disappearing and abandoning us to our fate). The houses were amazing along the river, all completly different shapes, sizes, styles and states of repair