Visit Moldova – a Beautiful Country
On the Eastern edge there is an area known as Transnistria. It is a de facto state independent of Moldova but not formally recognized by most countries.
The capital city is Chișinău. The official website can be found here.
The architecture of many of the buildings is gorgeous. For example, Manastire, Ciuflea Monastery or St. Theodor Tiron Convent no matter what you call it is still a beautiful site to behold. It is an Orthodox Church which is bright blue with gold onion domes. It is well worth a visit. Moreover, there are several other churches and other buildings dotted through out the city which are also impressive.
Prune Uscate Umplute cu Nuci
What to Eat
The food is very similar to that of Romania but the taste seems to be more flavorful. One of the most iconic dishes is Tocană which is a kind stew. It is often served with a side of Mămăliga which is their version of polenta or corn meal mush. Shaved cheese, sour cream or even an egg come with Mămăliga. For dessert try the “Prune uscate umplute cu nuci” which is dried plums stuffed with walnuts in a syrupy sauce. While this sounds very basic the flavor was spectacular! Plăcintele is served many ways sweet or savory. This baked flaky pastry dough comes with any of a number of different filling. You can buy them at stalls along the streets or at many restaurants for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert.
During the summer street vendors sell a variety of items. If the season is right you can buy a bag of fresh walnuts for a bargain. One item was quite curious, it looks like some sort of alien fruit. However, the taste is very vegetable accept around the seeds which have a jelly like coating reminiscent of pomegranate which is quite sweet.
Momordica Charantia or Bitter Melon
Rupester Monastery on a Cliff in Orhei Vechi
Out of town
Just outside of Chișinău is Rupester Monastery in Orhei Vechi, it is a very interesting place to visit. In addition to, the beautiful church on the cliff, there is a more interesting structure inside the cliff! This is an ancient structure which served as a place of worship as well as shelter.