After four weeks in Ukraine, I took a Marshrutka from Odesa to Chişinău, the capital city of Moldova.
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).
From Chişinău, I took a Marshrutka for a day trip to Tiraspol, the capital city of an unrecognized, self-proclaimed country of Transnistria.
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...