Madal – coffee – Budapest


Madal Espresso & Brew Bar happens to be my all time favorite coffee shop. Not so much because of the premises itself, but the coffee, t.h.e. c.o.f.f.e.e.!! It is simply the most delicious coffee ever. The coffee they serve is from Beyond Within.

When in Budapest, and if you like good coffee (mind you if you think all coffee is somewhat alike, don’t bother – this place is for those that really understand to appreciate a really good brew) do yourself a favor: pay a visit to Madal.

There are two locations to choose from:

1/ Hollán Ernö utca 3
2/ Ferenciek tere 3

My personal favorite is the place at Hollán. Specially in the summer when you can sit outside and enjoy the weather meanwhile sipping that ice latte, cortado, cappuccino or whatever your heart desires.

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Kelet Café & Gallery – Budapest


Kelet Café & Gallery is not a bookstore. But it sure looks like it. There are books literally everywhere (and the best part is that if you have some books that you want to exchange for other books, Kelet is the place!) as well as the normal things at a coffee shop (like chairs, tables, coffee, edible things etc.). I ended up in a coffee discussion and it seems that Kelet’s choice of coffee are lightly roasted beans. It good to know if you have a fave coffee that is dark roast and you are craving just that. Not going to happen at Kelet.

We ordered  turkish coffe (made in hot sand!), cappuccino and some sourdough bread with condiments. To our surprise the mix of cottage cheese with green curry, ajvar and peanutbutter cream was delicious! Who would have thought?
Happy surprises are the best!

Kelet Café & Gallery
Bartók Béla út 29
Buda – Budapest

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Chien en automobil

Roadtrip with a dog

Chien en automobil

Our dog is a true “roadie”. She enjoys watching the world go by. As long as she’s with us she feels safe. We make sure to stop frequently for pee and poo and a walk. And water. Plenty of fresh water. And shade. We also make sure that she is not sitting in the blazing sun in the car while we are driving (and we never EVER leave her alone in the car at any time) so we constantly move the shades in the back seat where she resides during our time on the road.

The rest, like the correct vaccinations etc, goes without saying. All is, as it should be, in order.

We bring a parasol with us so she always has shade available in any beach or park we stop by. Oh, and since our dog is a princess, a very beloved one too, she always has something soft to lay on. No concrete for her royal behind. No, Sire.

Traveling with your best friend, your four legged companion, is a wonderful experience. So far she’s been welcome everywhere we’ve been (Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France) and she makes people strike a conversation with you wherever you go.

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