Pecs : Not so long and thanks for all the ice cream.
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Okay, Iâ€™ll fess up, in the interests of â€˜moving swiftly onâ€™ with my journeys and this blog the Hungarian city of PÃ©cs, sadly my one and only other major destination in this lovely country, will have to remain for now just a handful of not-the-best-and-most-interesting photos. Editorial cuts people.
Suffice to say itâ€™s a pretty enough city right, right at its historical core (which is small) and thereâ€™s a certain little buzz about the place ahead of its duties in being the Cultural Capital of Europe next yearâ€¦ aaand if, like me, youâ€™re heading south towards Croatia you may as well stop for an evening to sit in its nice cafes and consume generous quantities of the fabulous ice creams/ gelatti that are sold all over town. A couple of UNESCO designated archaeological sites of Medieval religious significance and the impressive but too, too immaculate appearance of the cityâ€™s cathedral.
The most fun I had? Happening upon a hilarious and enchanting performance of fast pace traditional Hungarian music being spindled out of a band of fiddles, mandolins, guitars etc besides the water feature in the square before the National Theatre that had a hundred or so of the local residents hand in hand, skipping and stepping in vast coiling circles of spontaneous traditional dance. Loved it!
That aside, it has little to distinguish it from, or elevate it above any other of a number of European (Eastern or Western) towns that you are likely to have already visited or soon be visiting in the region so no need to try if you excise it from your itinerary. No offence PÃ©cs, I enjoyed my easy time very well, you just didnâ€™t tell me any stories Iâ€™m afraid.
[ Onwards to Zagreb : there are several trains a day that can take you from PÃ©cs to Zagreb. One is early doors (like 6.30am I think?) and the more humane one that I took which leaves at 14.50pm arriving at the near border town of GyÃ©kÃ©nyes where you must change. The onward train to Zagreb does not arrive at GyÃ©kÃ©nyes until some while later at 18.16pm and gets in to Zagreb about 20.00. Only one ticketâ€™s required to be purchased from PÃ©cs for the whole ride and costs 4,800 Hungarian Forint / Â£14.50 ]