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Stories and Photos from my travels around Moldova.

Destination 》EuropeCentral and Eastern Europe  》Moldova

Year Visited: 2018 – August


After four weeks in Ukraine, I took a Marshrutka from Odesa to Chişinău, the capital city of Moldova to continue with my backpacking trip through Central and Eastern European countries.

Moldova, a former Soviet Republic, is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe. It is sandwiched between Romania and Ukraine. Moldova is one of Europe’s poorest and least visited countries. Moldova has varied terrain including forests, rocky hills and vineyards. Its wine regions are home to some of the world’s largest cellars.

I made Chişinău, the capital city of Moldova, as my base and travel around the city and made a day trip to Tiraspol, the capital city of an unrecognized, self-proclaimed country of Transnistria.

While the Chişinău’s origin dates back six centuries to 1420, much of Chişinău was levelled in WWII and a tragic earthquake that struck in 1940. The Soviets rebuilt it into what you see today. Cafes, restaurants, and shops dot the roads surrounding Cathedral Park, as well as the Boulevard August 31 1989 (a lively street named for Moldova’s independence day).

Welcome to Country #89 !
A beautiful Manhole Cover with Moldovan Coat of Arms.
The nativity cathedral, the main Moldovan Orthodox Church, originally built in 1830, destroyed during World War II, rebuilt in 1997.
The Triumphal arch, also known as the Holy Gate, was built in 1840 to commemorate the victory of the Russian Empire over the Ottoman Empire during the Russo-Turkish War.
Moldovan National Flag.
Monument of Saint Stephen the Great, who was a ruler of Moldova from 1457 to 1504. He was responsible for defending Moldova against the Ottoman invasion, building a church or monastery in thanks to God after each victory. The Monument was built in 1923.
Chişinău City Hall, a historical and architectural monument built in Italian Gothic style, originally constructed to house the city Duma in 1901, the building was nearly destroyed during World War II. It was rebuilt in the postwar period based on surviving images and construction plans.
Organ Hall, originally constructed as a bank at the beginning of the 20th century, now hosts classical concerts and organ recitals.
The Chişinău water tower, built in 1892, now accommodates the city’s museum founded in 1979.
Beautiful single family Residential building near Valea Morilor.
Lake Valea Morilor Park, nice, clean and relaxing place near city center, a good place for jogging or biking.
Gorgeous blue sky over Lake Valea Morilor, known by the locals as the Komsomolsky Lake.
KM 0 landmark in the Capital city of Chişinău.
Public Transport is very efficient in the city, a Tram bus out side the city Hall
Moldova is popular for it’s Wine. The wine cellars of Cricova are the second largest wine cellar in Moldova, after Milestii Mici (the largest in the world). It boasts 120 kilometres (75 mi) of labyrinthine roadways,

From Chişinău, I took a Marshrutka for a day trip to Tiraspol, the capital city of an unrecognized, self-proclaimed country of Transnistria.

After few day in Moldova, I took Marshrutka to Iași, the second largest city in Romania, to continue my journey through the Central and Eastern European countries.

By Window on The World

In May 2017, 23 days before I was going to complete 50 years, grabbed an opportunity and took an early retirement.. Picked up a backpack and traveling ever since.. Love to travel around the world, experience different culture, local cuisine & drinks .. and take pictures.. so far been to 108 countries and still counting...

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