23.06.2017 - 25.06.2017
This city was on our route down to the Serbian border and we had found a small campsite whose owner was supposed to be very strict, all she did really was hand me an English copy of where things were on the site, how to get to the city and a short history, helpful rather than stern.
Pecs is a unique and historically interesting small city, the centre is based around one of the oldest buildings, a church that had been a mosque after it was built as a church in the first place. This city has seen, not in chronological order, the mongol hordes, the tartars, the ottomans, Hapsburgs, Nazis, Communists and now KFC.
We visited the Bishops Palace, not something we usually do but because of the churches stand against communism. Jacqui admitted to us being seniors so we got in cheap as well. We saw this in Berchtesgaden where the church in Germany stood against the Nazis movement, in both countries priests were imprisoned and beaten and tried to protect people. There is even a secret underground passage that the Pecs bishop used to talk secretly to aides, away from the bugs installed by the government.
Now the city has a theatre for ballet and opera, well organised tourist routes, loads of cosmopolitan bars and cafes and no European chain shops, yet! It was an incredibly hot day so had to be accompanied by the usual beer and ice cream but well worth the visit