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News Archive


December, 2012

updateFound some photoes of our guides and drivers in Moldova and Transdniestr and added to our blog

June, 2012

updateAdded new positive feedbacks from our customers. They live here in the wordpress version of this site.

updateThe timetable of trains from/to Kiev has been changed. Please, check out the update here

April, 2012

newsAmerican Peace Corps volunteer Emily, is running a project in Peresecino village in Moldova raising money to built a public bathroom for the community. See more details on Emily's blog page and, please, donate towards this good cause.

March, 2012

updateCitizens of Australia and New Zealand residing in the UK, EU, Canada, USA and some other do not need an Invitation letter in order to get their Moldovan viza. When applying for your visa, you will have to provide your details/proof of flights to and out of Moldova, address in Moldova where you will be staying and bank statements to show you have money to support yourself while in Moldova there.

February, 2012

newsStudio apartment in Tiraspol downtown is available for short and long rentals from us. Can sleep up to 5 persons. Clean and cosy. Great location! See more here

newsOne of our guests in Chisinau, Jeff Ball, is raising funds for a school in Ukraine that will go towards building of a new toilet. The school is one of many in rural Ukraine that has an outdoor toilet. The toilet is nothing more then holes in a  concrete floor where students, teachers, and people in town all come to use the bathroom. No plumbing, no heat, no way of actually cleaning it, a huge problem and serious health concern for teachers and children. Please, visit Jeff's support page and make a donation that will get the school a new toilet and washing station. Thank you!

January, 2012

newsAmerican writer and journalist Kim Purcell has published her new book "Trafficked" that tells us a storry of modern days human slavory. The main character Hannah is a young girl from Moldova. Stranded in a foreign land with false documents, no money, and nobody who can help her, Hannah must find a way to save herself from her status as a modern-day slave before she loses the one thing she has left: her life. More about the book read here and leave comments on our blog

sales offersAirMoldova the main and only one airline in Moldova has announced its WINTER ON-LINE SALE. Sochi � 52EUR, Moscow � 62EUR, St.Petersburg � 62EUR, Frankfurt � 62EUR, Rome � 62EUR, Milan � 62EUR, Istanbul � 62EUR, Athens � 62EUR, Paris � 72EUR, London � 72EUR, Larnaca � 72EUR, Madrid � 92EUR, Lisbon � 92EUR / one-way, with all taxes included. Tickets can be purchasied via their website and the offer ends on 20 February 2012. So Hurry Up!

An attempt of blogging about Moldova is performed by me here Useful information, news and our trips in Moldova and Transdniest will be discussed on the blog. Two new posts has been placed on the blog recently : "Playing the Moldovans at Tennis movie is due to release in spring 2012" and "Photos of Moldova and Gagauzia on Flickr by one of our guests"

December, 2011

The fixture list for 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil has been announced. Moldova is playing in the group H together with England, Ukraine, Poland, Montenegro and San Marino. The games that are to be played in Moldova are as following :

07/09/2012 Moldova - England
12/10/2012 Moldova - Ukraine
22/03/2013 Moldova - Montenegro
07/06/2013 Moldova - Poland
11/10/2013 Moldova - San Marino

Please, secure your accommodation in Chisinau long in advance as the demand for the dates of the games is very high.

July, 2011

Offers of private flats in Odessa are available to book through us. Apartments in downtown Odessa and near the beach. Cost from 50 USD per night in high season. Check out our page for more details

Our Romanian driver does transfers from Chisinau to Brasov or from Brasov to Chisinau. Comfortable car. Up to 6 passangers. 160 Euro one way. Please, book by email

balloonsRock Festival "Forest Kap 2011" will take place on July 23 and 24 in Capriana forest reservation. Among participants : Bad Captain, Prepare of the Worst, SoundPark, Compas, El Pepino Feliz, Cronograf, Iron Bee, Old School, Ferrum, Alive, Inside, VV Krab, CheMD, Morons, Before Christ, Deadline, Main Engine, The Cursed, Linia Out, Timur i ego komanda, Svinarium, Tsepesh, Abnormyndeffect, Infected Rain, Aeon of Death, Gandul Matei, Puti Sonta. Ticket cost 50 MDL for one day and 80 MDL for two days. Book your ticket via phone : +37379401079, + 37360258723 and +37379694320. Videos from last year festival can be seen on YouTube

May, 2011

For accommodation in our neighbourhood, please, check out the list of budget to top range hotels in the center of Chisinau at the walking distance from our flat and from the train station in Chisinau.

We didn't come first, but we made a colourful entrance! For those of you who liked the performance of our Zdob si Zdub band at Eurovision 2011 in Dusseldorf, please, visit their website . They will be having gigs in Romania, Ukraine and Germany this year and tickets can be booked by email.

April, 2011

For those of you who are looking to spent a night or more in Gagauzia, please, check out our page with suggestions of hotels in Comrat, Ceadir-Lunga and Vulcanesti

December, 2010

balloonsWe would like to wish every visitor of this website and to all of our guests a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!! We hope you enjoyed our services in Moldova and look forward to seeing you all in the New coming Year! Have a Joyfull holydays and do come back in the year 2011!!!

November, 2010

The timetable of the suburban train Odessa - Chisinau has been updated. The train leaves Chisinau at 7 am daily and Odessa at 15:30 daily. For more details see the page


TEECH 2010 Shoe Box Appeal : TEECH is returning to Moldova for Christmas 2010 to visit several orphanages and schools and they need your help with orphan and food parcels, as well as winter clothes and shoes to take on this mission. More information on this event can be found on the website

Please make a difference by donating your Xmas shoebox untill December 17 and make Christmas special for these poor families in Moldova.

The heating has kicked in at our Negruzzi flat in Chisinau and it's nice and cosy in the flat now. We are ready for the winter cold and long days now!


September, 2010

Car transfers from Otopeni airport and Baneasa airport in Bucharest to Chisinau are available for 100 Euro per car. Can fit up to 6 people in one go. 8 hours one way. Please, email me for details or to book.

Train Odessa - Chisinau is coming back on rails starting from 1st of October. Timetable to be updated

balloonsMoldova won the game of football vs Finland 2:0. Go on Moldova!!! But lost 2:1 in Hungary :( Boo!!!

balloonsNational Day of Wine or Wine Festival 2010 will be taking place between October 9 and 10 at MOLDOEXPO exhibition center in Chisinau. The programm should be announced shortly on its webstie

August, 2010

GUSTAR Ethno Music Festival first edition takes place in Orheiul Vechi on 29th of August. The program of the festival comprises tours of Orheiul Vechi, craft shops, exhibitions, tasting of traditional food and wines and live concert of ethno groups from Moldova and abroad.

Read our suggestions of restaurants, pubs, bars, fastfoods in the center of Chisinau here

European Football championship is soon and Moldova is paying in group E with Finland, Netherlands, Hungary, Sweden and San Marino. The games will take place on the ZIMBRU football ground in Chisinau on the following dates :

Moldova v Finland, Gp E, 17:30, Friday, 3 September 2010 European Championship Qualifying (Moldova 2:Finland 0)

Moldova v Netherlands, Gp E, Friday, 8 October 2010, European Championship Qualifying

Moldova v Sweden, Gp EFriday, 3 June 2011, European Championship Qualifying

Moldova v Hungary, Gp E, Tuesday, 6 September 2011, European Championship Qualifying

Moldova v San Marino, Gp E, Tuesday, 11 October 2011, European Championship Qualifying


Other international fixtures in Moldova are the following :

Moldova U21 v Romania U21, Gp 1, 14:00 Wednesday, 11 August 2010 UEFA Under-21 Championship Qualifying

Moldova v Georgia, 17:00 wednesday 11 August International Match

Moldova U21 v Faroe Islands U21, Gp 1, 16:00, Saturday, 4 September 2010 UEFA Under-21 Championship Qualifying


June, 2010

Train Chisinau - Bucharest is running on daily basis now. The timetable is changed and it leaves Chisinau at 16:10 and Bucharest at 21:30. See more details on this Prietenia train on here

Our Negruzzi flat is undergoing some improvements this summer. We have put new thick curtains in the master bedroom to protect our guests from the burning hot sun this summer. Also, we've got a broadband in the flat and now our guests can check their emails/internet in the flat. Wi-fi is coming soon.

Strawberry season is opened at Katherine's guesthouse and farm. Every guest who is staying with us or having a lunch on the way after a tour of Orheiul Vechi monastery will be given a big plate of sweetest and most delicious strawberies collected strait from the field. Our seasonal salat is made of raddishes, spring onion, latuce. Cucumbers and tomatoes are coming soon.

The legendary English writer and comedian Tony Hawks is launching a movie this year based on his book "Around the Ireland with the fridge". On his website Tony has announced that he is filming a new movie based on his other book about Moldova "Playing the Moldovans at Tennis". Extras are needed for this movie!

We can organize a tour to KVINT factory for our guests. From 60 USD per person for a tour of the factory with tasting of 10 types of cogniac, lunch & souvenirs. Please, request with Lena with a cc to Marisha if interested.

May, 2010

I've been recently suggested a link that may be interesting to travellers visiting Chisinau . It has information on theater, cinema, club performancies in Chisinau and museums programs. Has an English version as well as Russina and Romanian. I personally use for outings, but it's only in Russian.

Times of buses from Odessa to Chisinau have been updated.

January, 2010

Read about the immigration rules for Business owners and how one car obtaine a residency permit in Moldova on "Law in Moldova blog"

We have updated the page of our Negruzzi apartment in Chisinau center and placed a map with direction on it.

November, 2009

newThe forum at has been offered to Brendon (Ben2006 member of the forum) and we are transfering it to his hosting. Please, do not email me on as I will not be able to check this email any longer. Please, email instead on or

newUpon a request of some of my customers I have made some suggestions on a 10 day itinerary around Moldova and Transdniestr with sites to see and things to do. Most of the famous tourist destinations and rural stay are included in the itinerary. Most of the destinations can be accesed by public transport, but some require a private car to get there. Please, feel free to make comments or ask for additional information on the tours.

October, 2009

newI am giving away my forum at, as I really strugle to maintain and contribute to it (mainly due to family circumstances and the new baby on its way). Anyone interested to have it can email me on My emails at and may be not working properly, so please send a copy to my yahoo email when writting me.

August, 2009

newWe are moving downtown!!! A 2 rooms flat on Negruzzi boulevard is available from us. The flat is in the walking distance from the Train station, Central and North bus stations (Gara Centrala si Gara de Nord) and to hotels National, Chisinau, Flowers, Cosmos and Manhattan. Plenty of good pubs, restaurants, nightclubs, supermarkets are nearby. See more details about the flat and the neighbourhood here .

newAdded information on our guide Inna in "our team" section of this website.

July, 2009

newMarisha and Kris are visiting Moldova and working at the country house in Ivancea. We are doing the interior decorating works at the house and making it functional for our guests. The house has a finished double room, a single room and unfinished 4 bed dorm and kitchen. The house has very basic facilities : the toilet is outside in the garden and the water supply comes from the water well across the road. Katherine who lives nearby can cook breakfasts and dinners for the guests of the house. Prices : 5 Euro per night for a basic sleep or 15 Euro per day for accommodation and 2 meals at Katherine's . The photos of the house and our work in process will be published on the website soon.


June, 2009

new"2 seats are available in my car in the route to Chisinau. I'll ride in 4th of July. Route: Gliwice (POLAND) - Cieszyn - Zilina (SLOVAKIA) - Kosice - Satu Mare - Iasi - Chisinau. Anyone interested, please, email to Grzesiek on"

new4 places available in a car travelling from Germany to Moldova on friday 19th of June: Hamburg, Berlin, Krakow, Lviv, Mamaliga, Balti, Chisinau and back on Thursday, June 25: Chisinau, Balti, Mamaliga, Lviv, Krakow, Berlin, Hamburg. Please, email Oliver if interested


updatePhotos of our 4 bedroom apartment have been added to its page

newFound some articles about Moldova: one is in Czech language Nepolibene Moldavsko by Ian Plesinger and the other is a story in English about a short journey from Chisinau to Balti and back on ILIUSHIN 18D aircraft.

May, 2009

new4 room apartment in Ciocana, Chisinau is added to our list of properties to let in Chisinau. Private single and double rooms, as well as beds, are available for short term and long term rentals. Photos are coming soon

updateTimetable of buses to/from Odessa that go via Palanca/Tudora borders avoiding Transdniestr and also of buses from Chisinau to Suceava was updated here

events Happy Victory Day to all those who fighted in the IIWW and their families!!!

March, 2009

updateLinks page was updated with a link to a UK based charity who are focusing this year on a small village of Falesti in Northern Moldova to help repair and decorate the village school and orphanage.
updateOur team page was updated with the photo and details of our new guide Elena
update"Recommendations on how to travel from Poland to Chisinau" are added to our Transportation to/from Moldova pageupdateTimes and ticket costs updated for the train Chisinau-Kiev.
eventsHappy Martisor Day! We celebrate the first day of spring on the first day of March and the week after and give each other red and white amulets to each other. Read more about Martisor
eventsHappy Women's day to all the female readers of our webpage! We celebrate it on the 8th March and it's a very popular holiday in Moldova. It's common to give flowers/presents or a special treat for your beloved woman on this day and many families will have a festive dinner in the evening.


February, 2009

updateTimes of the buses/minibuses that depart from Chisinau to Ivancea, the home of Katherine's guesthouse


January, 2009

Despite of the gas war between Russia and Ukraine, we are somehow getting gas and heating in our flat in Chisinau. And the water in shower is heated in an electric boiler, so no inconveniences for our guests so far.

October, 2008

"Welcome To Moldova !" a cautionary Tale by Eddie Barton : the story of a 12 day visit to Moldova and Transnistria (DMR/PMR) in May 2005 & return visit April 2006. See also, Russian and Romanian translations of the tale.

Our Train Station flat is closed with the end of the season and no bookings available here. For accommodation near the Train Station check out Virginia's flat in Chisinau.

September, 2008


July, 2008

I've got this recommendation by email and thought it would be a nice add to the site and, hopefully, a support to the project: " If you will look under " projects- Castania tourist pension" you'll get a good idea about how it looks. Also this website gives nice information about the sunrise and rainbow. I think it deserves a bit of support and it is a great place for tourists to stay. The houses are cozy and well kept. They have a shower and food is available or you can cook yourself. Still pretty close to Chisinau but also to other nice places, like Capriani"


Back to rainy Manchester at the end of July and missing the Moldovan summer :(


June-July, 2008

The summer 2008 is brilliant in Moldova and we are welcoming everyone visiting Chisinau and Moldova. For updates on our availability and tours check out the add on top of the page or email me

June 18-31, 2008

My computer has broken when I was working at my mum's in Ivancea during the storm with lightning and it took about 2 weeks to revive my hard disc and come back to normal work. Anyone who wrote between June 18 and 31 and to whom I didn't reply, please, send it again, as it's more likely that your email was lost. Sorry for the inconvenience!

May, 2008

Milestii Mici winery is the largest underground winery in the world and has the largest wine collection in Europe. Tours need to be booked few days in advance. Please, contact us to arrange your tour to this winery.

New photos added and directions updated of our Train Station studio flat and hostel-flat in Chisinau

Meet our team , people who are contributing to this site and will look after our guests in Moldova

New photos of Lena's flat in Tiraspol downtown added to her page

March, 2008

Address, map and directions added to our Train Station studio flat

Address, map and directions added to our hostel page

Timetable of buses Odessa - Chisinau via Palanca border (does not cross Transdniestr)

All offers of accommodation in Moldova & Tiraspol are moving to a new website . We are inviting owners of apartments/houses in Chisinau, Tiraspol, Soroca, Balti and other town and villages of Moldova and Transdniestr to place their properties on our site. Please, email me with the details of your property.

February, 2008


Finally, we've got a flat to rent in the center of Chisinau. It's a 1room apartment near the Train Station that will be ideal for a couple or 2 friends looking for something private and in the center. From 15 Euro per person per night. Minimum stay: 3 nights.


Also, we've re-opened our hostel in Ciocana. Double + single + 4 bed dorm in a spacious flat in Chisinau. Nice atmosphere and travel support.

Car rental page added. Rent our driver Boris or arrange a van hire with us for your tours around Moldova and Transdniestr.

January, 2008

Kris, Lisa and I went to visit my relatives in Moldova for the Orthodox New Year, January, 14. The flight was a big challenge for us and our baby, but seeing my mother Katherine and my cousin Lena with her family and all of my friends and relatives was a big delight. Besides, there was a lot of snow in Ivancea when we came and Lisa went on sleigh for the first time in her life. Read more about our trip and see some photos on Kris's travelblog

November, 2007

Oxford Educational Center in Chisinau has English learning materials and English literature for sale. Read Bookstore guide for more bookstores around Europe. It is an amateur guide to book shopping throughout Europe and its aim is to list all the cool independent bookstores in Europe selling books in English to make things easier for all the book-lovers on the road.
Books about Moldova : Michael Palin is visiting Moldova and Transdniestr among all the other countries of New Europe
Marriage in Moldova : From March 2007 Moldova is recognizing Apostille Stamps, so the Apostille stamps on your docs for the marriage will do.
Our guest Eddie has updated his travel story about Moldova and Transdniestr and its people. The Word version of the story is here . Russian and Romanian translation of the story are also available.

April - October, 2007

Back to Moldova to open a new travel season 2007 in Moldova and Transdniestr. Please, check out for the updates within the webpage or email me your questions, suggestions or concerns at


Kris's travel to Moldova, May 2007 , including the photos from the 9th of May parade celebration in Tiraspol when we visited Lena over there.


February, 2007

HOSTEL LIKE ACCOMMODATION IN CHISINAU : 2 double rooms and a private room big flat in Chisinau. 10 Euro per person per night. Can accommodate 5 people freely and up to 8 if needed.

Besarabka page : Thousands of Germans from Russia forced to flee their homes during W.W.II. Many left Europe for the US, a lot of them relocating in North Dakota. Our guest Otto Gienger was one of them. He and his daughter stayed with Lena at Besarabka in October 2006 visiting the hometown of Otto Neudorf, now called Karmanova. More photos of Besarabka and Karmanova find at:

Private flats in Chisinau : added a 2 rooms flat in Ryshkani area. Can sleep freely up to 3 people. 20 EURO per night for the whole thing

Russian/Romanian lessons : new links added - Learn Russian online, English-Russian dictionaries, Russian literature in English language.

New link added at Maps of Moldova political, ethnic, etc plus of the other Soviet Republics

January, 2007

Private flats in Chisinau : added a 2 rooms flat in the downtown with 500 EURO a month

Russian/Romanian lessons : Svetlana, private teacher of Russian ; links on learning online websites

December, 2006

Visa section : No entry visa is required for citizens of Norway and Iceland (approved by the Parliament at the end of December, 2006)

Visa section : Soon as of January 1, 2007 the citizens of the EU member states, US, Canada, Japan and Switzerland can enter Moldova without visa. You may need to buy medical insurance at the border (5 Euro for a week stay) if your insurance does not cover Moldova.


November, 2006

It has been a while since I last updated this webpage. Some big changes occurred in my life, I became wife to Kris (read some about our wedding and how to marry a Moldovan girl) and mother to a beautiful baby girl Lisa Kristina. I am currently in Manchester with my husband and the little newborn and all support in Moldova is provided by my friends and colleagues. We are back to Moldova by the middle of spring 2007. In the meantime, please, book your accommodation in Chisinau and other services in advance, as I will need 1-2 days to arrange it with my colleagues in Moldova. For contact details please proceed to this Contact page


August, 2006

5 days itinerary of places to see in Moldova. Most famous destinations : Chisinau, Milestii Mici or Cricova wine cellar, Orheiul Vechi settlement, Ivancea museum and park, Soroca town, Bender and Tiraspol towns in Transdniestr, Tipova and Saharna monasteries and the waterfalls.

Linked to Welcome to Belarus - Cheap travel to Belarus: visa support, apartment rental, excursions and more.

July, 2006

New links added to the Links page: Budapest2Beijing via Moldova and

Katherine guesthouse in Ivancha village (Ivancea), Orhei district is opened for guests now. Located in the heart of Codry forest reservation, surrounded by lakes and orchards, in the canter of Moldova on the way to Orheiul Vechi sightseeing.

Transport connections to Moldova: new information on busses to Odessa

June, 2006

Linked to The Moldovan Connection website a very useful and informative site about Moldova.

Transdniestr page: getting an invitation to enter Transdniestr, links on English websites about Transdniestr added.

Read a story and see some photos of Kris and my trip to Belarus this May at Kris's blog page

Marriage in Moldova page: cost of marriage at the Civilian Registrar's office in Chisinau

6 April, 2006

Finally, the procedure of the registration of the foreign travelers visiting Moldova becomes easier. From now on the registration is made at the border when entering the country and is valid for 90 days. Soon, the citizens of the EU member states, of the US, Canada, Japan and Switzerland will enter Moldova without visas as of April 1, 2007 (according to some sources from January 2007 already).

16 March, 2006

List of basic accommodations in Chisinau and Tiraspol. Added "Homestay at Larisa flat in Chisinau, Buiucani area" and "Lena's flat in Tiraspol downtown"

24 February, 2006

"Dragomirilor" is the day of love in Romania and Moldova and, also, Marisha&Kris's wedding day. We are sorry if we did brake any hearts by bringing our lives together, but we want to assure that the whole project and this website will only benefit and improve further. More pictures of a traditional Moldovan wedding and marriage in Moldova on Kris's blog page.

28 January, 2006

Timetable of trains in/to/from Moldova in English.

page about the types of transport in Moldova. Useful information about trains, buses, airplanes, public transport in Chisinau.

ways to travel to Moldova page. New info on train to/from Lvov or Lviv added

11 December, 2005

Books and articles about Moldova in English and by foreign authors

6 December, 2005

"The Ex-soviet state where communism is quietly thriving" and "The tiny state where the hammer and sickle still fly" - articles published by comrade Christopher James in the Morning Star after visiting Moldova and Transdniestr this September.

27 November, 2005

What is needed to marry a Moldovan girl here in Moldova. Page is in work, your experience and advises are welcome...

25 November, 2005

Moldova by bike One of the stops done this September by Jacob and Phillip on their bike trip starting in Helsinki Finland and continuing south through the Baltic and former Soviet counties of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Albania.

Eddie's holiday in Moldova new chapters added to the story (sorry, the story was taken off the website asked by the writer of it. Please, contact Eddie directly at for updates)

17 November, 2005

Added Hotel Zimbru to the list of accommodations in Chisinau. A charming hotel situated just near to the famous Gates of Chisinau.

7 November, 2005

Added Janna's studio at Botanica area of Chisinau to the list of basic accommodations in Moldova


Visa support page. From now on foreign visitors may be registered within an hour at the office of the Department of Informational Technologies on Cogalniceanu street in Chisinau


online interactive maps of Chisinau and Moldova added to Links on Moldovan Web

October, 1-15 2005

Foreign citizens can get their Moldovan visa for free for the period of one week before and after the Wine Festival. The Festival will take place on 08.10 - 09.10 on the main square of Chisinau. Program of the festival

August, 2005

New hostel added. Hostel "Afena" in Lviv, Ukraine. New, nice and clean hostel, with a very friendly staff, situated on Chornovola prospect 15 minutes walk from the Opera house.

July - November, 2005

Calendar of cultural events from Moldova (copied from

July, 2005

Added new offers of budget accommodation directly from the hostesses in Soroca, Tiraspol and Balti.

1 May, 2005

By the will of God or a simple coincidence the Holly day of the Easter clashed with the International day of Labour in this sunny day of Sunday, May,1. I guess that many will go first to the church to baptize their Easter cake and red eggs and would have their holly meal with their family (Easter tradition) early in the morning and than go to the forest for a shashlik or barbecue with their friends (Labour day tradition) later in the afternoon or next day.

"Christ has arisen! and Happy Labour Day, comrades" :)))

8 March, 2005

Women day in Moldova. A very special day for all women in Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, Belorussia, Romania and some other countries that belonged to the Soviet Union camp.

1 March, 2005

"Martisor" - the first day of Spring celebration - in Moldova.

12 - 15 February, 2005

Project New Life - Father Bill Haymaker has been serving children in crisis for over 20 years. He has visited Moldova in February 2005 and tells to other people about the needs in this area. Children in prison, homeless children, children who are treated as sexual toys and traded and shipped around the world, children with correctable physical deformities, starving children at the countryside. - The village of Budesti: about the village, meet Natalia, young people of Budesti, the cemetery, the local priest, a family of five children trying to survive, the mayor and her community center.

10-12 February, 2005

Took place the International Exhibition on "Tourism. Leisure - 2005" and "Sports Show - 2005" at MoldExpo, Chisinau, Moldova.

Read report on the results of the exhibition on the site of its organiser

2 February, 2005

Transnistria and Moldova attracts foreign media. Read the content of the program on Transnistria and Moldova on BBC television here.

"Places that don't exist" by Simon Reeve, BBC journalist.

6 January , 2005

Pasha, the creative force that got my Moldova project started, is on his way here some time between now and March 2005. Watch for a detailed report on traveling from Moscow to Chisinau with a stopover in Kiev, Lvov, Tiraspol. Read here.

30 December - 3 January

5 days trip by car down from the north to the south of Moldova with my Belgian guests. Stops in Briceni, Calarasheuca monastery, Soroca, Orheiul Vechi, Ivancha, Cricova, Chisinau / Kishinev, Tighina / Bender, Tiraspol, Noul Neamt, Cojusna wine cellar, Capriana monastery

30 December - 3 January
5 days trip by car down from the north to the south of Moldova with my Belgian guests. Stops in Briceni, Calarasheuca monastery, Soroca, Orheiul Vechi, Ivancha, Cricova, Chisinau / Kishinev, Tighina / Bender, Tiraspol, Noul Neamt, Cojusna wine cellar, Capriana monastery

November, 2004

New service added. Now you may rent a cellphone in Chisinau to keep in touch with your friends and relatives in Moldova and abroad.
More ...

November, 2004

Added new offers of budget accommodation directly from the hostesses. Violeta's and Tamara's flats. [Tamara's flat is not available any more as she wanted to stop our agreements, working on her own and becoming my competitor]


November, 2004

Virginia has joined my site with the offer of her flat in the Center of the City and articles about Moldova. Read her first article "Eiffel�s bride in Moldova!"

9-10 October, 2004

Wine Festival in Moldova.

July - September, 2004

I had a wonderful working holiday at Uncle Pasha's dacha. Dacha is situated at the left bank of the river Volga near Staritza city in Tver region. My company was: 3 adult and 3 baby horses, a very noisy and funny dog Glasha who recently gave born to 7 black funny puppies, a chicken, many interesting foreign and muscovite guests and local aborigines. Funny and real stories about life in rural Russia very soon. Also at .

13 June, 2004

Radu Poklitaru - Moldovan choreographer, whose "Romeo and Juliet" performance with Dunnellan captured Bolishoy Theater is visiting us. 

9 June, 2004

Cultural and religious heritage of Moldova. Monasteries and fortresses. Read about Tighina & Soroca fortresses, Hermitage of Orheiul Vechi and Tipova, as well as Capriana, Rudi, Saharna, Japca and Noul Neamt monasteries 

27 May, 2004

Read comments from Andy about Moldova and Transdnister. Find many interesting things from him about his last visits of Croatia, Transylvania and Yugoslavia, Romania, Kiev  

15-16 May, 2004

Added story at Rural Moldova

Quite and virgin place - Besarabca 


9 May, 2004

Added Practical Information for Moldova

March, 2004 

Visit of Moldova by Uncle Pasha. Birth of this site.

Read the story about his trip from Moscow to Chisinau / Kishinev by train 

February, 2004

Visit to Uncle Pasha's Dacha on the Volga

This is me during a recent visit to Uncle Pasha's Dacha on the Volga, near Staritsa, between Moscow and St. Petersburg - see Uncle Pasha, a guru in the field of Russian travel, work, and living, is the one to blame for making me quit my respectable job as a human resource manager and embark on this project of making Moldova shine bright in the information space, but that's [another story]




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Odds 'n' ends

Transport connections

Moldovan key phrases

Practical information

How to marry a Moldovan

Orphanages in Moldova

Moldovan thesaurus

***Marisha's guide to Kishinev / Chisinau***


 I recommend

RUSSIA for budget travelers

Russian horse rides

Valuable links related to Moldova

Books/articles about Moldova


Recommended by:

LONELY PLANET guide to Europe on a Shoestring, 2007 edition

LP Romania & Moldova Editor 2006-2007

"Morning Star", March, 06

"Esquire" UK magazine, June, 05


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