The plans for the construction of Budapest National Theatre have been going on since the first half of 1800. It had to be great, it had to be impressive, it had to be perfect. Continue reading “Going to the theatre not for the show: Budapest National Theatre”
My favourite place in probably the whole city of Pécs is the Zsolnay Quarter. Indeed, it is one of the most colourful, cheerful and kindly relaxing place (with human beings around) in which I have ever been.
This morning I checked my mail box and found something very strange, or at least strange for me as an Italian. The City had me delivered a flyer as a reminder of the approaching national holiday, namely March 15 in memory of the war for independence against the Habsburg rule. It struck me as very unusual, since back in Italy we don’t get such reminders. Actually, we are barely taught social studies and many people don’t even know the meaning behind our own national holidays. I guess it perfectly explains one of the reasons why, generally speaking, Italian people are quite ignorant about the history of their country and are not so patriotic…
And here we are with the long-awaited first post on Pécs. Joke of the title aside (it copies the touristic slogan for Budapest everywhere adverstised as the pearl of the Danube), Pécs really is a beautiful city. It is the fifth largest city of Hungary, set in the “deep south,” a melting-pot of cultures and religions (Christian, Jewish and Islamic) and, more recently, best known for winning the title of 2010 European capital of Culture.
Mohacs is a small city south of Hungary famous for the annual end-of-winter celebrations called Busojaras.
As the festival takes place the same week we celebrate carnival, it has come to be identified as such. However, its origins can be traced back to quite a few centuries ago.
As the last few days have been a triumph of sunshine, we decided to take advantage of this lovely and unhoped for (though strongly desired) hint of spring (it has been so grey, cloudy and rainy this month!) to explore the part of the Mecsek mountains which are closer to Pécs.