Trip Start May 31, 2008
107Trip End Jun 01, 2009
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The train to Pecs was very crowded - everyone going away for the Easter long weekend, I guess. The TransCanada highway gets crowded when there is a long weekend in Canada, and the trains get crowded here in Eastern Europe.
Our hotel in Pecs is a few km from the train station (uphill), so I was happy to have a light pack. The short walk through the town gave us a good feel for Pecs, and I think we are going to love it here. It is the European Culture Capital of 2010, and all the walking streets and beautiful architecture show why it won the honour.
Breakfast is included at this place, and we got the choice of eggs or cornflakes. We both felt our strike against eggs had gone on long enough, and boldly ordered the bacon and eggs. Not the best choice. The bacon was fatty but not crispy, and actually IN the omelet. Strike continues.
We wandered into the Mosque Church (that is what it is really called) and marveled at the Christian place of worship with Muslim elements inside. We spent the rest of the day walking around the main square. The only downside to Pecs being named a Culture Capital City of 2010 is that in 2009 many buildings were being refurbished! A highlight was the Basilica (Szent Peter Bazillika). We continued on to the Basilica's wine cellar. It was large and impressive. I guess it must have been a major source of income for the church back then. The next stop was my favourite for the day - The World Press Photo Gallery for 2008 in the UNESCO World Heritage Site Roman Sopianae tombs. Cool location to have a photo gallery! And yes, I enjoyed seeing the age old tombs too - although they were creepy.
Some of the best pictures: yoga practice in Varanasi, a basketball players eye being gorged, Nairobi riots, surfer bailing on a huge wave, Afghan women...So many pictures that make you stop and think.
It was Easter Sunday the next day, and Catholic Hungary is observing the holiday. We wanted to have cornflakes for breakfast, but didn't get the choice that morning. The Easter Special meal was huge - boiled eggs, a lot of ham, pepperoni, sausage, and the obligatory vegetables (tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers). I don't think vegetarianism goes well here... We had a rest day of coffee drinking, reading, writing, and people watching.