Have you ever been to the Republic of Molvanîa – the country embedded between Germany, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia and Slovakia, with its capital Lutenblag, its unique language Molvanian with four genders, its world famous beetroot but a country still untouched by modern dentistry? No!?!
Whether you are a local or a tourist, it is a fact that you will be impressed by the most imposing und largest underground wine cellar of the world – Cricova! So were we, a small family, willing to discover the most famous treasure of the country. The two hours car trip 60 metres underground, along the wine labyrinths and the guide’s exciting stories about the history and development of the cellar brought us the biggest satisfaction. Continue reading “Cricova – The Treasure of Moldova”
Dubăsari, situated at the left bank of the Dniester, has its positive connotation due to the biggest hydroelectric power station far and wide. It was back in Soviet times during the Krushchev era when the Dubasari dam with a huge water reservoir was constructed. Today the Dubassarskaja GES, so the full Russian name, not only provides the PMR but also parts of the Republic of Moldova with electricity.
Chişinău or Kishinev in Russian, with its 700.000 inhabitants, is situated in the heart of the country. Founded in 1436, it has developed to a modern and prosperous city of international dimensions. Continue reading “Chisinau – A Breathtaking Capital”
Gagauz Yeri, a dreamy region in the south of Moldova, is embedded in smooth and velvety vineyards. The streets are lined with thousands of roses. Deep wrinkles in the faces of the elders are traces of a hard life in the fields of the autonomous province. Continue reading “Gagauz Yeri – The Autonomus Territorial Unit in the South”
The sun is shining, traditional Moldovan music is in the air, the pavement is full with hulls of sunflower seeds, people are standing in front of a Mercedes Sprinter. At first sight this seems to be a scene out of the daily life in the Republic of Moldova, but the setting is more than 1500 km away from Chisinau in Berlin, the capital of Germany.
In a 250 kilometre-long underground labyrinth, the biggest treasure of Moldova is kept. More than 2 million bottles of delicious Moldovan wine are stored in perfect climatic conditions in the largest “wine city” of Europe. This means world record and even found entry in the Guiness Book. Continue reading “Milestii Mici – The Biggest Wine Cellar Worldwide”
“A honeybee has to fly 40.000 times to produce one kilogramme of honey”, explains Aurel Popovici. He is a beekeeper and his beehives are situated in the acacia woods near the lake of Balti. “Acacia honey is the healthiest, sweetest and tastiest honey ever”, says Popovici, while serving us a soup plate full of honey with two big spoons. He is right. We are delighted! That is the best honey we have ever tasted! Continue reading “Fly, Sweet Honeybee, Fly!”
Chiţcani is the biggest religious complex on the territory of the Republic of Moldova. The all-male monastery is located on the right bank of the Dniester, not far from Bender, in the village of Chiţcani. The name “Novo-Nyametskyi Sviato Voznesenskyi Cloister” signifies the status of the monastery as a successor to the original Neamţ Monastery in Romania.
Moldova is undoubtedly a wine country. It seems that there is no single household without its homemade house wine. Thomas Gassler from Moldovarious.com spent two weeks in Lipcani, in the raion Briceni, to learn everything about wine production and made the “Moldovarious House Wine 2009”. Continue reading “Moldovarious House Wine Production – The Secret Diary”