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MOLDOVA


Location - Eastern Europe (former Soviet Republic); Capital - Chisinau; Population - 3.5 million; Currency - Moldovan Leu

Around Easter I flew to Romania and pressed on by train to Chisinau, the capital of the former Soviet republic of Moldova - April 2012.

 

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moldova9An Easter egg adorns Cathedral Park in front of Chisinau's Orthodox Cathedral

 

moldova10More decorative eggs - and a human teddy bear - lead to the Arc de Triomphe. Behind the Arc is Government House - Chisinau

 

moldova11The Arc de Triomphe, also known as the Holy Gates, was built in 1841 - Chisinau

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

moldova20A flower market flanks the edge of Cathedral Park - Chisinau

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

moldova40On Easter Sunday market stalls were selling cakes, sweets, chocolate and clothes - Chisinau

 

 

moldova39The jars on the tables are filled with honey - Chisinau

 

moldova18A statue of Stefan cel Mare, Prince of Moldavia in the 15th century, welcomes people to Stefan cel Mare Park - Chisinau

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

moldova19 Both Stefan cel Mare and Cathedral Park are popular with strollers and families. They even have free WiFi - Chisinau

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

moldova43The National Theatre is on the main shoopping street B-dul Stefan cel Mare - Chisinau

 

moldova27I'm not sure if this bar, also on B-dul Stefan cel Mare, is a permanent fixture - Chisinau

 

moldova23Outside the theatre is the nearest thing Moldova has to a tourist market - Chisinau

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

moldova4There's a few roadside bars and cafés on B-dul Stefan cel Mare, all good places to relax and people watch - Chisinau

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

moldova3This statue is on the corner of Tolstoi Street; I can't understand the Cyrillic sign so I'm not sure who it commemorates - Chisinau

 

moldova36Walking along Str Banulescu Bodoni - Chisinau

 

moldova13A Soviet memorial stands next to the Turist Hotel - Chisinau

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

moldova14Pushkin Museum is where Russian poet Alexander Pushkin lived for a few years - Chisinau

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

moldova28The Monastery of St Teodor Tiron - Chisinau

 

moldova29Malldova is a fancy shopping mall near Chisinau Hostel - Chisinau

 

moldova32fA very drunken night gets under way in the kitchen of Chisinau Hostel - Chisinau

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

moldova32With Nataly and Brett in a Chisinau café down the road from the hostel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

moldova35Valea Trandafirilor Park, south of the centre, has a couple of boating lakes hidden amongst the trees - Chisinau

 

moldova34Another park and another statue - Chisinau

 

moldova58 The Beer House is a pub on B-dul Negruzzi that brews its own beer - Chisinau

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

moldova50The Victory Memorial Park is worth a visit - Chisinau

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

moldova44The Victory Memorial Park is dedicated to Soviet soldiers who fought in World War II - Chisinau

 

moldova47An eternal flame burns in the centre of the pyramid - Chisinau

 

moldova54A war cemetery (not visible) lies behind the Park - Chisinau

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

moldova52The memorial also commemorates soldiers who died in Moldova's fight for independence in 1991 - Chisinau

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

moldova53Victory Memorial Park - Chisinau

 

 

moldova56A Soviet monument in the Park - Chisinau

 

moldova25This statue is outside Chisinau Hotel - Chisinau

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

moldova22Valea Morilor Park is having a facelift. A more attractive choice are the lakes at Valea Trandafirilor Park in the south of the city (above) - Chisinau

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The tall building on the left is the Presidential Palace; the right building is Parliament House. Photos aren't invited and police kept watch nearby so these nondescript photos were taken quickly! Chisinau

 

moldova24The edge of Chisinau's central market features plenty of pavement hawkers - Chisinau

 

moldova65A distant view of the cave monastery at Orheiul Vechi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

moldova62 The monastery hangs on to a cliff-face overlooking the Raut River - Orheiul Vechi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

moldova61 It's possible to enter the cave complex which lies beneath the monastery. Unfortunately I went on a Monday when the monastery is closed - Orheiul Vechi

 

moldova74A cross commands a bird's-eye view from the cliffs at Orheiul Vechi

 

moldova80Plenty of horse and carts ply the towns and villages of Moldova - Orheiul Vechi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

moldova78There's various museum pieces dotted around displaying village life.
I'm not sure if the well is a museum relic or still in use - Orheiul Vechi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

moldova81Never mind the monastery, the whole village seemed to be closed, and a biting wind blew through its one and only road - Orheiul Vechi

 

moldova88Milestii Mici has the largest wine cellars in Europe and is also in the Guinness Book of Records for housing the largest collection in the world (around two million bottles)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

moldova87A water fountain (or should that be wine fountain?) greets visitors to Milestii Mici

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

moldova85Looks good enough to drink - Milestii Mici

 

moldova83And of course there's a white wine fountain too - Milestii Mici

 

moldova94Buy your red and white wines at the Milestii Mici shop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

moldova96Driving through the natural limestone cellars of Milestii Mici. The cellars stretch for 250km, with 120km currently in use

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

moldova100The limestone cellars are perfect for maintaining a humidity and temperature ideal for wine storage - Milestii Mici

 

moldova102The tour itself felt amateurish. I'm told that tours of Cricova, a winery also close to Chisinau, is more professional - Milestii Mici

 

moldova104 These must have been bottled a while back: cobwebs growing on a wine collection - Milestii Mici

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

moldova108There's a very plush area for a spot of wine tasting and musical entertainment - Milestii Mici

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LINKS

www.autogara.md - Bus timetable information

www.moldova.org

www.romaniaandmoldova.com - Romania and Moldova travel guide

www.travel.md - Travel guide to Moldova

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