Anybody been to Moldova

Old Feb 7th, 2004, 08:26 AM
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Anybody been to Moldova

Scotland is playing Moldova in October in the capital city (I'm not going to try spelling it till I've looked it up). I know how much I detest these questions, but, on a two day trip, what are the "must sees". Does anyone know anything about vineyards? Are there any places that do food in vineyards?

Any other information of any sort would be gratefully received.
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Old Feb 7th, 2004, 10:16 PM
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Are visas required of EU citizens in Moldava. I'm fairly sure that Americans need one. I think it's still a communist type country.
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Old Feb 7th, 2004, 11:25 PM
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Wow! That's a long way to travel for 2 days. How do you get there?... fly via Istanbul??

There are a handful of posters over at virtualtourist.com with information about Moldova and Chisinau.

Apparently, October 14 is "Chisinau City Day" and celebrates the local culture of the capital with a street festival -- music, food, dance, etc.

Sounds like an adventure, have fun.
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Old Feb 8th, 2004, 01:06 AM
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As my researches go, I have ascertained that one does need a visa- $40 if bought in Begium in davance, or $60 at the airport.

It's a parliamentary democracy which happens to have elected the communist party
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Old Feb 8th, 2004, 01:33 AM
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Sheila, from the little I read and watched on TV, I would be willing to bet that anyone going to Moldova and expecting a "Toscana Experience" is in for a big disappointment... Is there some possibility that my assumption is wrong? Do I actually lose this bet? Well, I'll eat an empty wine barrel in case I lose.
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Old Feb 10th, 2004, 04:19 AM
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I am obviously not making myself clear. These guys ARE going to Moldova to watch a football match. There are 5 of them and they are in the habit of taking a couple of days and mooching round looking at the architecture, and getting a feel for places. Football being what it is, there are lots of less than salubrious places they've been to.

So, whilst I accept that there is not like to be beach holiday off the back of this, if anyone has any more info it would be gratefully received.
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This might not help a lot, but:

Mrs F went to Moldova a couple of years ago. Its capital, she says (and I'm passing on her spiel unchecked), is one of those cities like Derry: what you call it seemed to be politically loaded (Chisinau means you're siding with the Romanian-speaking, West-leaning: Kishinev means you're with the Ukrainian/Russian speaking, at least you knew where you were with Stalin, what this country needs are a few more gulags, gang).

She found nothing worthwhile touristically: wherever the vineyards are that used to put all that nice stuff into Sainsbury's, no-one could tell her.

Her highpoint was Transdniestria. Although Moldova is about the size of Yorkshire, the bit East of the Dniestr river is in a state of perpetual semi-independence: its government is roughly of the "well Stalin didn't go far enough" variety. To get into Transwotsit, you need a separate stamp on your passport.

So every time someone comes round for supper and starts boring about having been somewhere you haven't, you can whip out your Trans.... stamp.

That, she says, was the highpoint of her trip. Sounds about as exciting and productive as watching Scotland play football.
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