August 2016: Pécs, Hungary. Our day began departing the river cruise in Mohacs, a bus drive to Pécs, a guided tour to particular sites, a lovely walk through the town centre of Pécs, a wine tasting activity and then a return to the boat late in the afternoon at Kalocsa, Hungary.
We arrived in Pécs and experienced a musical organ concert in the ornate interior of the basilica dedicated to St. Peter. Our tour guide provided us a tour of the crypt, and demonstrated with her voice the acoustics in the space.
We then visited an UNESCO heritage site, the Cella Septichora Visitor Center, exploring the archaeological excavations. We spent free time exploring the town, discovering the architecture spanning the 1800 and 1900’s. The synagogue was easy to find close to the town square our meeting place, prior to our wine tasting activities. Of interest was the art nouveau detailing, particularly balconies supported by columns sculpted as figures. Our short visit to Pécs, was intended to introduce us to the fifth largest city of Hungary, located on the slopes of the Mecsek mountains, in the south-west of the country, close to the border of Croatia, but not enough time to understand the multicultural city with its rich heritage.
Our drive through the countryside back to the boat was along roads with harvest fields on each side. Crops including paprika chilies were evident in the surrounding fields.