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Part II Hungary + Croatia || Hungarian Countryside


We spent most of our time with our family in the surrounding area of Pécs. My family is from a very rural village called Versend. There are only a handful of streets and a few hundred people living there. A lot of the families have small backyard “farms”. Our family had horses, goats, pigeons, chickens, rabbits, dogs, cats, etc.   It was incredible to see where my father grew up and spend time with family I never met! We were there for the family’s grape harvest, which was so cool to be a part of.  We harvested their grapes, drank their wine (and moonshine!), ate homemade comfort food and walked around the village.

One afternoon we were told we’d be heading to the village over, Babarc, for their harvest festival.  This was a highlight of our trip and pretty unexpected. My cousin has the only horse in carriage in the area so he was planned to lead the parade. We flew through the vineyards and corn fields on the carriage and arrived to this small village. The town square was filled with everyone who lived there and the mayor greeted us with wine.  The band began to play and we went and lead the parade. The festival was filled with homemade pastries and breads, each family’s wine, music and dancing. The newly engaged couple of the village was also being celebrated. They wore traditional Hungarian clothing and there was a speech honoring their engagement (I didn’t understand a word of it, but we got the gist).

We also spent a few days visiting an old mining city Komlo, the well known wine town Villány,  a castle in Siklós, and of course more wine at our family’s winery along the Danube river in Mohács.

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