With our time here in Hungary quickly growing short (do things “grow short???”), we’ve been busy the past week or so with lots of day trips with friends and a long weekend in Budapest for our final Fulbright sponsored activities. In this post I’ll include photos from the Villány wine region and a day at the home of Andy Rouse, one of Margaret’s colleagues at the University of Pecs, who lives in a small village outside of town. The trip to Budapest needs it’s own post – too much to include here.
But first a bit about the photos above and below. I took them a few weeks ago while on a walk around a part of Pecs called Uranvaros (“Uranium City”). This is the community where the Uranium miners lived with their families in apartment blocks during the Soviet era (1950-80’s). I can’t find any information on the monument, but the inscription reads: “Ore Mining.” It’s pretty awesome.
Last Friday our friends Renata and Zoltan took us to the Villány wine region about 15 miles southeast of Pecs. People in this region have been making wine since before the Roman times. After the 150 year Turkish occupation, the area was re-settled by Serbs and then Germans who brought their viticultural chops with them. We sampled some really nice red wines – a Rose, a Cabernet Sauvingon and a Portugeser.
A special note about goose fat: it’s good for you! So says the Goose Fat Information Service.
That same weekend we spent the day with Andy Rouse and his wife and son at their home in a small village near Pecs. Andy, an Englishman, first came to Pecs as a university student in the 1970’s – he’s lived here ever since (you can go to his band’s website here: Simply English). Andy picked us up and drove us through a few villages, including Zengővárkony where Margaret had the opportunity to do one of her favorite things: buy table cloths.
The Egg Museum was right behind the table cloth shop.
After the Egg Museum, Andy took us to his home in Martonfa where we had a palinka and some local wine down in their very own wine cellar.
Next post will feature images from our snowy weekend in Budapest. We’ve got ten more days in Hungary — we’re getting ready to bring this wonderful trip (and this blog) in for a landing.