No tourist, low prices, Chisinau is nice
Hard to get there
seriously off the beaten track
Gradina Stefan cel Mare, formerly known as Pushkin Park, is the main city centre park. It was originally laid out, in the nineteenth century, by Russian military engineers during the reign of Alexander I. Pushkin used to walk here in the early 1820s. In 1863 the park was surrounded by a cast iron fence, manufactured in Odessa. A statue of Pushkin...more
I booked one of the rooms on the floor where the rooms were meant to have been refurbed. You would...more
People arriving in Tiraspol from Chisinau may be taken by surprise by the absence of ANY signage written in the Latin alphabet. As a region almost more Russian than Russia itself, a Latin alphabet user shouldn't expect easy navigation through the streets of Tiraspol. All street signs are written in the Cyrillic alphabet and you will need to...more
Kvint Brandy is the pride of Transdniester and you can pick up your bottle either at the Kvint Factory and Distillery or at their dedicated shop on Ul. 25 Oktober. The variety of brandies on offer is mind boggling as is the price range! However the price of the Kvint brandy in Tiraspol is much cheaper than buying it anywhere else including 'proper'...more
Close to the train and bus station is Kirov Park, which guide books rather desperately lead you too as one of the ‘sights’ of Tiraspol. They must really have been grasping at straws for something to include in the Tiraspol section because this park is a rather forlorn looking place, overgrown and neglected and although there is supposedly a statue...more
When coming first time to Saharna you will notice a big Rock that suddenly comes out of nowhere, and it's like a big castle. If you are coming in the evening you will defently belive that that's a castle... but this is the Grimidon Rock! Noone remember anymore the legend og Grimidon, it was forgoten... but the only thing that remains is the...more
Soroca fortress – one of the many fortresses in Moldova who date back from the times of the legendary ruler of Moldova Stefan cel Mare (aka Stephen the Great), this is in fact the only fortress who remains within the borders of the former soviet republic of Moldova. The most impressive fortresses of Stefan (like Hotin) are currently in present-day...more
One of the fortresses of Moldova situated along the river Nistru is SOROCA. Other fortresses: Hotin (in Ukraine after 'joining' USSR), Orhei, Tigina (right now 14th Occupational Russian Army is keeping tanks their) and Cetatea Alba (in Ukraine - see the upper comment). So the only one fortress left to see for tourists! The fortresses were built in...more
Take bus to Orhei town, get off at Ivancea (road to the right) and take a cab from the bus stop. Buses or minibuses to Orhei depart from the Central bus station in Chisinau. Cost of the ride is 15 lei (about 1 Euro) and ride lasts about 30 minutes. A ride to Ivancea in a cab costs 5 lei, provided that the car is full or 20 lei if you go yourself.more
Small bus (minibus or marshrutka as it is called) departs from the Central bus station in Chisinau, trip lasts about 30 minutes and costs about 1 Euro. 3 buses a day, all stops at Ivancea:Chisinau - Branesti at 10:45 amChisinau - Furceni at 12:45 amChisinau - Trebujeni at 2 pmMake sure you get 30 minutes before the departure in week days and 1 hour...more
The museum is located inside of the house of the Armenian noble Karp Balioz (19th century heritage). It started its activity in Soviet times from 1984 and presents a permanent exhibition of national Moldavian art. One gallery represents samples of red and black pottery of different shapes from dishes to toys. Wooden objects had a wide and varied...more
No restaurants here! You'll have to cook for yourself or bring something to eat with you - you choose.Although cooking in such a place can be quite a fun... I remember (in the picture) we cooked some kind of potatoes with meat in that evening, and it was so delicious! We couldn't understand why!?We found out after eating. In the hot pot (I don't...more
I heard some people felt down from the rock, and some of them are dead or invalides for life!So, if you walking on the small road, like the one from the picture (actually this one is big) you can fall down pretty easy, because the grass which grow near to the road is not on the land already - it's in the air! So before steping somewhere be sure...more
from Chisinau there are few buses going to Comrat.
Leave early if you want to catch a bus back on the same day.
after 3pm you will hardly find a bus back to Chisinau; but as many do you will have to hitchhike back to Kichinev.
Trebujeni, Orhei, MD-3552, 300 meters from the bridge (entrance to the village) nearby Orheiul Vech
Good for: Couples
Orheiul Vechi is probably the great sight of Moldova although it's hard to define exactly why the place is so fascinating. A series of cave monasteries cut into a ridge of rocky cliffs overlooking the river is, however, rather unusual, (although not unique even in Moldova). The main rock monastery was an empty shell until a decade ago but now...more
The best way to move in Balti is taxi. It's very cheap and efficient. There're about three or four major taxi companies with functioning fidelity program. No matter where you go inside of Balti, you pay a fixed tarif, about 1,5-2 €. This is great. Just call them and they'll be at your door in 5 minutes.more
There is a bus going from the village of Trebujeni to the town of Orhei. It arrives at 3:30 pm from the bus stop near the village hall (in Moldovian called Primaria). You need to walk from the Monastery from Orcheiul Vechi to the village of Trebujeni (about 30 - 40 minutes by the cliff), take a bus to the town of Orhei and there are lots of buses...more
before you'll get to Trebujeni, or when coming back from Trebujeni!I would advice you to stop for a snack (which you will bring with you) at Ivancea Lake. Really worth stoping, there was a summer camp once (probably exist now too) and you can stay there to stop for a while before your new adventures!more
This giant wine complex was found in 1969 and in was declared in 2005 as a "national-cultural patrimony of the Republic of Moldova" by the Moldavian Parliement. It's situated next to the village of Milestii Mici (not far away from the capital of Moldova - Chisinau) and is one of the most important tourist attraction in Moldova.
The tour to this attraction is done by your own car (you are accompanied by a local guide) since the wine cellar of Milestii Mici is situated in underground galleries with total length of 200 km (55 of them are used for the wine storage), all of them between 30 and 85 m below the ground, air humidity of 85-95% and with a constant temperature of +12 to +14 C. The different galleries of the this unique "wine city" are named after type of wines - "Cabernet", "Traminer", "Sauvignon", etc. In the wine storage department there are 3500 containers with average tankage of 6.5 mln dal. 1200 of these containers are special oak tasks with tankage between 800 and 1200 dal. After driving around you visit by feet the so-called "Golden Collection" of Milestii Mici of around 1,5 mln bottles - registered in the Guinness book of Records in 2005 as the largest wine collection in the world!
After you make the tour which usually is between 45 and 60 minutes you are invited to the tasting halls where you could have a lunch (typical Moldavian cuisine) and taste red and white dry wines as well as their very interesting "Margaritar" dessert wine with 16% alc. volume.
Next to the wine cellar there is a shop where you could buy all of their wines - from more usual ones (great quality, apart from the very good value for money - I recommend their red Codru wine with a price of around 3 EUR per bottle) to more expensive wines from their "Golden Collection". You can pay in the wine shop not only in cash but also by the most common debit/credit cards.
I really would recommend visiting this unique attraction if you are in Chisinau, Moldova (not cheap entrance fee, but I believe the experience is worth the price) - it's just 20 minutes drive by car from the capital! You just have to check when it's open for tours and visitors - since it is a working winery there are specific days and time for organizing the tours - we visited it on Friday at 10:30 a.m.
Take a walk up the ridge near Butuceni. The monastry is beneath the belfry.The church room of the this monastry is still used for devotions. Walk downstairs to the cells where the monks lived.And enjoy the view from the little platform high up in the rock face outside the church room.more
Visit the little village museum.Here they show a house in the typical architectural style of the region. In the house typical artefacts are shown; tools, clothes, etc..They also have a storage building, which is dug into the ground. Here you can see how the farm produce were, and still are (!), stored in the country side.more
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