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Sep 12, 2008 - Chisinau

Friday, September 12, 2008 Moldova Moldova wine is among the best in Europe. Within a stone’s throw of Chisinau are some of the finest and largest wineries in the world. There seem to be two major factors contributing to the exceptional size of the industry here. First, the climate is ideally suited for the grape growing as is the soil. Second, since the 15th C Moldovans have been quarrying limestone beneath the surrounding hills. The limestone was used to construct the city. These quarries have resulted in the creation of vast network of...

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Sep 10, 2008 - Chisinau, Moldova

September 10th – Wednesday – Chisinau, Moldova I had an 0855 flight from Istanbul to Chisinau meaning an 0600 wake-up to get to the airport in time. While in Istanbul I had trouble connecting my laptop to the internet and had neglected to confirm my arrival with my guide/driver, Valery Bradu (0 794 62986), before I arrived in Moldova. Understandably, he was not there to meet me and so I took a taxi to my downtown hotel. I was tired from the short night of sleep and not prepared to negotiate with the taxi drivers. As a result, Valery later...

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Dec 19, 2007 - Chişinau (MOLDAVIA)

Tome un bus a Chişinau de noche, como 12 horas. En el bus conoci a unas moldavianas cantantes que querian practicar su ingles, una de las cuales iba a cantar en el proximo Eurovision. Tambien a un kazako muy simpatico que me ayudo con los guardias de inmigracion ucraniana que no hablaban ingles. Atravesamos la frontera (que tomo un par de horas!) y entramos en una tierra de nadie. Era la 'Republica de Trans-Dniestr', una parte independizada de Moldavia que no tiene puestos de frontera ni controles. Segun el noruego de Kiev, no era seguro...

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Nov 2, 2007 - Bakhchysaray, Trans-Dneistra - and other famous spots

Bonjour mes amies - Ah, the simple pleasures of travel. Last night I was eating gelato on the Spanish Steps in Roma before catching an overnight sleeper to the Riviera. I stroll along the Promenade des Anglais in Nice after my simple breakfast of cafe au lait and pain au chocolate in a cafe catching the sun's warmth in the bright Mediterranean morning. There's time for a stroll through the ancient ville and an early dinner of Moules/Frites before catching the late train on to the Pyrenees. A man sitting on a bench nearby listens to his IPOD...

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Nov 19, 2006 - Back in the USSR

You don't know how lucky you are, boy... here I am in Chisinau (KEESH ee now), capital of Moldova, not to be confused with Moldovadere, a well-known New Jersey refrigerator cleaning firm. Chisinau (literally, "land of no teeth")is a glum place. No one smiles here. Yes, I can say that about all 4.4 million people, with the kind of absolute confidence that comes from being a career ignoramus. The city has wide streets full of maples with enormous leaves which are beginning to fall. People here pick them up and use them as blankets. Not that...

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Aug 25, 2006 - Chisinau

I had not met many people who had been to Moldova, but I only got a real sense of how few people came here when I was on the overnight train to Chisinau. (another 13 hour train ride!) The border guard came round at about 2am and seemed very confused when I handed her my Irish passport. She could not speak any English and I cannot speak Russian so she managed to find someone else in the carriage who could translate. She then started asking me why I wanted to go to Moldova and did not seem to quite understand when i said I just wanted to see...

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