Visiting Moldova was a dream of mine for quite a long time. As a Romanian, ‘the country over the Prut river’ as we call it, has always had some kind of mysticism wrapped around it. Many Moldavian people come to Romania to work or study but not many Romanians have stepped on the Moldavian land.
I was really excited about visiting Chisinau and the world famous Milestii Mici winery which is actually one of the biggest wineries in the world.
After a long wait at the customs, to cross the border, we were finally in Moldova. I loved this country at the first sight. Chisinau is such a warm city. It was one of the few cities I have ever visited where I really felt like home. The people are kind and eager to help and I loved the feeling it gave me speaking my own language in a different country.
One of the things that surprised me the most were the street markets. People would bring their old stuff from home, put it on a carpet in the middle of the street and sell it. I am telling you: you can find interesting objects there.
I have wanted for a long time to take a random bus and get lost in the city when in a foreign country and I finally had the chance to do it! We took a random bus and stared at the city buzz. Did you know that in Moldova they have a person who sells tickets in each bus?
One thing that made me love even more this city was the hotel we stayed at – Bristol Central Park. The view over the city was so beautiful that I just couldn’t convince myself to go to sleep.
Milestii Mici Winery
One of the most important tourist attraction in Moldova is the Milestii Mici Winery. This place is even in the Guiness Book of World Records! Milestii Mici Winery contains over 1.5 million bottles of wine and it has 55 km of underground galleries used for storage.
An interesting fact is that originally, the galleries were not build for wine storage but for the stone excavated which was used for the restoration of damaged buildings after the war.
You can visit the winery only if you have your own car because you will need to drive through the galleries together with a guide. I recommend booking your visit in advance because it can get pretty busy.
I am so happy I had the chance to visit this beautiful country and I would love to get back any time. Let me know if you have any questions about Moldova.
May the travel bug bite you!