Earlier in our trip, we had a great tour and some meals with Alek and Bojan in Copenhagen.
Alek and twins Teodora (“T”) and Sandra, all from Serbia, worked at our former inn, Whitehall Inn, Camden, Maine, while we were still there assisting the Millers, who purchased the inn from us.
We had met “T” in Belgrade a little over three years ago, just before they all came to Maine. And, all have become great friends of ours.
Today, we were honored that T and Sandra and T’s boyfriend Ivan joined us for a beautiful day in Budapest. Their drive was four hours each way plus the usual extended check of their car and belongings at the Serbia/Hungary border. Passage was fairly clear, though, as most of the migrants who recently made lots of news at that border crossing are being housed in a nearby camp.
After lunch in one of the busy squares in the old city, they introduced us to some fine dessert dining at Gerbaud House. We sat outside on the square in a warm sun, but the inside bakery and restaurant, dating to 1858, looked and felt like a palace. The pricey pastries were worth every penny.
That got us in the mood for dessert, so before the end of the day, we showed them a great gelato shop that had opened a second “pop up” location near St. Stephen’s Cathedral. It was as good as the best in Italy with unique and tasty flavors like lime/basil and banana/kiwi. And presentation required the artist/scoopers who made the minimum two flavors into the shape of a small colorful flower.
Since our plans to Croatia were threatened, we briefly considered returning with them to Serbia, where three years ago Greg and Sue found the people to be happier and much more accommodating.