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Europe » Moldova October 1st 2019

That would be Finland but I've been in Moldova for the past couple of days for the sole purpose of hitting yet another European high point. Moldova formerly had the unfortunate distinction of being ranked the unhappiest country in the world. After 2 days here it's fairly safe to say that the Moldovans have shaken off that reputation and ranking. I arrived Monday afternoon after an easy marshrutka ride from Odesa, Ukraine and made my way from one bus station on the edge of the city center (there are 3 stations in the city) to the central market. Using my best Russian at the station there (Russian still a primary language here together with Romanian), I tried to suss out the schedule for the next morning to Bălăneşti, the wine-country village at the base of the ... read more
Hydration Always Muy Importante
Highest Point of Moldova
Zhora, His Son, and Alex

Europe » Moldova » Transnistria June 27th 2018

I passed through immigration quickly although the staff seemed suspicious wanting to know why I wasn't transiting, it must be unusual for people to actually come here. The arguing with dirt bag taxi drivers began immediately, they tried to charge me triple the normal price but by walking a short distance I found one with a metre and the guy actually turned it on so it cost me 85 Leu rather than the 250 those bastard wanted. You should have seen the last one scowl at me as I drove away grinning. My hotel is quaint but adequate and my hostess bought me plate of pastries and a glass of the famous Moldovan red, which wasn't bad after eating I went to bed as I have an early start tomorrow. After a breakfast of salad, cheese, ... read more
Lenin in fromt of Parliament
Soviet power
Lenin again

Europe » Moldova » Centre » Chisinau May 7th 2017

In the morning we went by coach with our Moldovan guide, Natalia, to Orhei Vechi . First we visited a small museum with various archaeological finds. Following this we walked up to a very small monastery church carved into the rock. As we weren't going to be having lunch until mid afternoon I bought a pretzel from a girl selling them part way up the hill to the monastery. It didn't taste as good as I thought as it took all the moisture away from my mouth! The monastery church was very atmospheric. In the corridor, leading down to the church, was what I presumed to be the monk reading aloud. The church was filled with the smell of incense and the flickering of candles, including people crossing themselves in front of the various icons. This ... read more

Europe » Moldova » Centre » Chisinau May 6th 2017

From the railway station to our hotel was a market, which looked more like a car boot sale. The unusual thing was that all the items were laid on the floor. It included old TVs, mobile phones, many clothes and shoes. We were staying at the Hotel Cosmos which certainly looked very soviet in style. The hotel had 22 floors but I don't think there was anyone staying higher than floors seven or eight. There didn't seem to be many guests, apart from us and the players in a Moldovan football team. Some of met our Moldovan guide, Natalia, for a short walking tour of Chisinau, the capital of Moldova. I liked Chisinau, and it was certainly not as bad as some of the descriptions I had read about it before the trip. I felt very ... read more
Our Moldovan guide, Natalia, holding up a Soviet Union passport!
Parliament building

Europe » Moldova » Centre » Chisinau May 6th 2017

Left Manchester on Friday 5th from Liverpool to Bucharest. The flight was with Blue Air, a Romanian low cost airline, who I've never heard of before. I was lucky to have all spaces free next to me so I was able to stretch out. No food was provided apart from a small sweet given before we landed! Landed on time and then met my pre-booked taxi to take me from the Airport to the Railway station. I tried to explain where I was going to visit in Moldova but I had problems with my pronunciation and so it took some time for him to understand where I was going. Had some time to wait at Bucharest airport to meet rest of the group I was travelling with. I was travelling with Lupine Travel and there was ... read more
Looking from our carriage

Europe » Moldova May 5th 2017

Trip to Moldova and the self declared republic of Transnistria with Lupine Travel.... read more

Europe » Moldova » Centre » Chisinau April 11th 2017

Geo: 47.0167, 28.8497Kyla and Paul went up to the restaurant for brekkies, but I slept in and had room service. Clever me. We were ready to go at 9:30am.We drove out of the city to visit three monasteries. The first two had been destroyed during Soviet times and had been repaired in the last 25 years. The frescos were new, and the buildings were redone. The first monastery, Hincu, had been a summer camp for medical students during Soviet times. It sits nestled in the woods part-way up a hill, with a bit of view of the valley below. The legend is: the daughter of the local lord ran away from home and got lost in the woods. She stayed there all winter, in a hut for shepherds. When the shepherds returned in spring, they found ... read more
Around Moldova
Around Moldova
Hincu Monastery

Europe » Moldova » Centre » Chisinau April 10th 2017

Geo: 47.0167, 28.8497A very relaxing day. We had a long, lingering breakfast upstairs. Then I worked for six hours on a proposal while Kyla and Paul went for walk in town (just over an hour) and then read while I finished up work. At 3:30pm, we went downstairs to use the hammam (yummy), herbal bath, and very, very hot Finnish sauna. Then we had body treatments (more yummy). At 7pm, we walked to a nearby Moldovan restaurant for very delicious traditional cuisine. Our wine choice, Pucari's Freedom blend, was well-loved by all. After 10am, we walked home and I collapsed, as I'm getting a terrible cold.... read more

Europe » Moldova » Centre » Chisinau April 8th 2017

Geo: 47.0167, 28.8497Our day began at 4:45am, with a 5am departure for the airport. We returned the rental car (easy) and went to the terminal … which was very crowded. Then realized we were in Terminal 2A, went there, and had no lines at all. Quickly for check-in and through security. We then went to get a cup of coffee … and ended up chatting with a young woman who was at Kyla's college at the same time as Kyla. Small world! They didn't know each other, but Kyla later discovered they have 31 mutual friends on facebook. How funny!Easy flight to Munich. We went briefly to the (very empty) lounge in Munich, then to the gate for our flight to Chisinau. It was delayed, but only slightly. Fine flight, though very bumpy upon arrival. Easy ... read more
Kyla in Chisinau

Europe » Moldova » Transnistria » Tiraspol October 5th 2016

My cycling trip from Kishinev (capital of Moldova) to Transnistria (conflict zone) was 70km and was easy to do. So after a good breakfast i started around 10:00 and I arrived about 2pm in Transnistria where border control is present. Even though you are still officially in Moldova, it is a conflict zone so they want to check and see your passport. Then they give you a ticket where it stands that you must leave within 12 or 24 hours. They give me a ticket of 24 hours. It is special to be here in transnistria. The conflict zone since the Soviet era did not want to reunite with Moldova and isolated remained surrounded by the red Soviet army. It is, Therefore, a zone-which you normally can entrance but need out again within 24 hours. It ... read more
At the streets of Tiraspol
The blue plastic money

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