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Chisinau, Moldova – the most boring capital in Europe, yet still worth a visit

I’m not ashamed to admit that I do count countries that I visit, it makes me so proud and excited when I see how much I’ve achieved and (literally) how far I got only with my hard work.

Moldova was second to last country I yet had to visit in Europe but it didn’t look like I might get there anytime soon. It’s kind of in the middle of nowhere and not many travelers seem to visit Chisinau or the whole country. But when my flights to the Balkans were canceled and I found myself with a free week in August I’ve thought this might be the time to finally go to Moldova!

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On the way to visit Chisinau…

I left Chernivtsi, Ukraine – my best discovery of 2015 – early in the morning. The distance looked fairly close on the map but the journey in the small bus (known also as marshrutka in Eastern Europe) was supposed to take 7,5 hours.

At times it felt like a nightmare – the bus was packed, I had the worst possible seat (behind the driver with very limited leg space) and the Russian tv shows played loudly from the tv installed inside this tiny machine. I was trying to focus on the landscape behind the window but it wasn’t easy. Moldova looked so sad, so poor and so uninteresting, I even dare to say boring.

It looked like the time has stopped there some 20 years ago and everyone has forgotten about this place. Until August I’ve thought that Hungary or Liechtenstein are the most boring countries in Europe, now I’ve changed my mind – it is Moldova. It was my very first impression from crossing most of the country by bus but I was still hoping I will change my mind when I visit Chisinau.

The air was heavy and dusty when I arrived. It was during the afternoon peak hours so walking for couple of minutes to the apartment I’ve booked was a challenge and left me super tired. At first glimpse Chisinau looked uninviting and harsh. All I could see around me were masses of concrete, everything in grey color. But to be honest I didn’t expect anything else.

My apartment was located at the 12th floor of the massive block of flats, so typical for this part of Europe. But while in other cities in nearby country (Romania, Slovakia, Czech Republic or Poland) such buildings look fairly decent these days, those in Moldova looked like they’re about to fall apart anytime soon. At least I had a really great view over big part of Chisinau!

-> I definitely recommend staying at this apartment. The building might not look the best but the flat is really good, has everything you might need and the location is very convienient, in walking distance to the train station, the bus station and all the attractions. Check out the prices and more details here! <-

What to see in Chisinau

Before I went to Chisinau I was hoping all the bad opinions I’ve heard from the very few people who made it to Moldova were not true. But the fact that most of the capital was destroyed during World War 2 didn’t put my hopes very high (after all not every city can be as beautifully rebuilt as Warsaw was).

I spent the whole day trying to get to know the place but to be honest there were not many attractions worth attention and the majority of them was located along B-dul Ştefan cel Mare, the main avenue of Moldovan capital. It’s the heart of Chisinau, where people go for a walk or to gather and protest in front of the government buildings.

The avenue is far from being as impressive as main streets of Minsk or Kiev but it has some interesting Soviet architecture, such as National Opera and Ballet Theater, Parliament or Government National Palace. Across the street from the last one there’s the Triumph Arch, constructed in 1841, now probably the most photographed building in the city. Behind it people chill out or play chess in the Central Garden. Its central point is the Orthodox cathedral, pretty average from the outside yet really beautiful inside. There’s something about Orthodox churches that impress me every single time, the combination of rich ornaments, the smell of candles and the spiritual atmosphere always do the trick for me!

Even if the main avenue of Chisinau isn’t so great it takes only few steps to the backstreets to find much nicer architecture (still mixed with some Soviet buildings here and there). There’re old houses resembling style of 19th century Russia, some of them really beautiful. There’re also nice green spaces, full of people even in the middle of the weekday. And there’s also Tucano Coffee – a local version of Starbucks and a surprisingly nice spot. If I had spent more time in Chisinau that’s where you’d have found me for sure!

Abandoned Soviet Circus – my highlight when I visited Chisinau

My main goal for the day, however, was the abandoned Circus. Opened in 1981 it used to host up to 2,000 spectators per show but for past years it’s been a disrepair. I’ve seen online pictures taken by people who managed to sneak in and I was really hoping to do the same!

When I arrived I started from the back of the building but it was all closed. Then I’ve noticed some guys working in the front and spotted open doors! I was nearly in, only few steps separated me from getting in but one man has seen me… I asked nicely, just to peek inside but the answer was always no.

I gave up, being so close yet so far… I only looked curiously around, trying to see through the dirty windows what’s inside but there was no point in hanging around any longer. I’m not going to lie, I was really disappointed! And it seems like the circus might be reopened soon so my chances to see it abandoned are most likely gone…

So is it worth to visit Chisinau?

It might seem like Chisinau is the most boring capital you will ever encounter. Well, this kind of is true. You will not find beautiful architecture or exciting attractions there, there’s nothing really spectacular about the city. But still I really enjoyed my visit to Chisinau and I think it’s worth to spend at least a day there, just to feel the vibe of the place.

I don’t know any other capital in Europe like this one, from those I’ve ever been to it only reminded me of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. If you like Socialist-Realist architecture (I do, a lot!) there’re many gems you might enjoy in Chisinau. But the most I liked it for the old time charm, the atmosphere I vaguely remember from my early childhood in Soviet and post-Soviet Poland.

People shop at the big market in the center where you can get just about everything, from home-made meat and cheese to electronics, clothes and furniture. There’re rows of old-fashioned phone-boots, people don’t rush like crazy and the best drink you can get on summer day is kvas, bought from the barrel on the street. And if that’s not enough for you, Chisinau can serve as a perfect base for a day trip to the biggest wine cellars in the world or to Transnistria – the country that doesn’t exist.

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Chisinau practical information

How to get to Chisinau?

I took the mini bus from Chernivtsi, Ukraine to Chisinau but I can’t say it was the most comfortable journey ever. You can reach Moldova by bus from Romania or Odessa too but the best way is of course flying. Recently low-cost airlines started operating to Chisinau airport. You can find the best deals on Sky Scanner which happens to be my favourite flights search website (I especially love their “anywhere” as the destination and “anytime” as the date features).

Where to stay in Chisinau?

I stayed in this apartment and I can definitely recommend it! It was located in the typical Soviet block of flats but the place was spacious, clean and had a great view. The location was also really good, across the street from the decent supermarket and some 10 minutes walking to the market hall and B-dul Ştefan cel Mare. Check out the prices and more details here!

If it’s not your kind of place here you can book other accommodation options in Chisinau.

Where to eat in Chisinau?

You will most likely eat at the chain restaurant La Placinte, serving local food at decent prices. You will find it in couple of locations in the center.

Moldova packing list

The traffic can be massive in Chisinau so I definitely recommend getting the air pollution mask. Also summers are really hot so sunglasses and Lifestraw Bottle are a must. If you are a woman and plan on visiting monasteries remember to bring a scarf to cover your hair. Other than that you don’t need anything special for Moldova.

There is no guide to Moldova but Lonely Planet for Eastern Europe has a chapter about the country, I used it too! Get your copy here!

Trips from Chisinau

Figuring out the transport system in Moldova can be a challenge. It is also difficult to get to some of the tourist attractions. But there are organized tours available in Moldova, for one day or more. Click here for more details.

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  1. Megan
    23:48 10/02/2016

    well if it is anything like bishkek, im going to enjoy the hell out of myself :)

    im looking forward to seeing the circus, too.

    and funny enough- i already have booked the same place you stayed. how was it? (just please say it is clean ha). anyways, great post and it is making me look forward to going there, even if it won’t be as thrilling as other places around europe!
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    • kami
      09:44 23/02/2016

      Thanks! I think it’s your kind of place so chances you will enjoy it are really high :) and the flat was really fine and clean so no worries about that!

  2. Kocham Kiszyniów, a Bielce jeszcze bardziej. W Bielcach jeszcze bardziej nic nie ma, ale ten sowiecki klimat, panie siedzące przed szwalniami z kubkami w rękach śmiejące się platynowymi zębami, żydowskie, jednopiętrowe dzielnice, stare, radzieckie mozaiki i inne dekoracje z tych czasów. No i diabelskie młyny widokowe.

    • kami
      09:46 23/02/2016

      przejeżdżałam przez Bielce w drodze do Kiszyniowa i rzeczywiście wyglądało jakby nic tam nie było. Takie miejsca najlepsze! A diabelskie młyny mi się właśnie ze wschodem kojarzą!

  3. I was hoping to get there this year, but it looks like it (and Poland, I’m afraid) are going to have to wait until 2017 at earliest. Either way, it looks like a place I’d enjoy!

    Thanks for the great write up! :)
    Nick @ concrete and kitsch latest post…Abandoned in Herzegovina: Urbex in Mostar’s Sniper DenMy Profile

    • kami
      09:48 23/02/2016

      I’m sure Moldova won’t change much till next year! And this is definitely a place that everyone interested in post-Soviet atmosphere would enjoy so something for you too!

  4. the most boring country I have been to is definitely Luxembourg. People in business clothes everywhere from 8:30 until 17:00 and then Luxembourg becomes a ghost country. Or at least the Lux city, the capital, where they even shut down vending machines standing in the streets. In Moldova, they seem to have the buses Poland had maaaaaaaany years a go. But it’s just striking to see such a country is ALSO Europe and yet it is so poor..
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    • kami
      13:57 23/02/2016

      Yes, Luxembourg isn’t very high on my list too! I was there only once, couple of hours in the capital but it was late afternoon, a gloomy November day and the city really felt abandoned. Not my fave place ever.
      Going to places like Moldova makes you realize how diverse Europe is, too bad it’s all about the money

  5. I was in Chisinau last May at a festival, but I should agree with you, it IS boring :) Although if someone is nostalgic about the Soviet time – Chisinau is like a time machine. Also the wine is not bad at all.

    • kami
      14:02 23/02/2016

      yes, wine is definitely one of the reasons to go there! even the most boring place gets better then :)

  6. jeszcze w tym miesiącu przekonam się na własnej skórze czy warto było jechać do Mołdawii ;)

  7. Visited Chisinau in 2004 :-) was really looking forward to it for months (especially with news reports of old Soviet era nuclear war heads going “missing”)… took the over night bus from Lviv to Chisinau which was extreme (especially being woken up at the border at 3am and getting full interrogation as guard could not believe anyone was mad enough to travel to Moldova from Ukraine by bus!)…. met my mate from Germany there and we went to a bar…. had countless bottles of beer and wine (plus champagne) a 3 course meal (that included a steak the size of the cows leg!)… asked for bill which waitress brought across…. suddenly my mate has a look of fear on his face….asks waitress for the bill for the whole table, not just him…. she replies “that is the whole table!”… came to something like 5 Euros each :-o

    • Radu
      20:14 12/12/2016

      5 euros is about 100 lei. you had countless bottles of beer and wine (plus champagne to be accurate) and a 3-course meal which of course included half a cow. mate all these for 100 lei is really hard to believe, you were either off your face and you can’t remember how much you paid or you got robbed and that evened the bill.

      • Anastasia
        00:08 12/02/2017

        the prices were different in 2004, so i dont think you can compare with current currency

  8. nawet jeśli coś nie jest najpiękniejsze, czy znane i tak warto odwiedzić i samemu ocenić :)

  9. Karol Werner
    18:06 14/02/2016

    Ah te sowieckie konstrukcje <3. Miód na moje rządne architektonicznych doznań oczy :D

    • kami
      14:05 23/02/2016

      sowieckie budownictwo najlepsze! uwielbiam dość!

  10. Moldova is still somewhere on my travel list. We thought about this country last year, when we were visiting Romania. But than we realised that we don’t have enough time to do so. Maybe in the future we will get there. Who knows ;)
    Chisinau on Your photos looks not boring, but for me interesting. Maybe it’s beacuse of this soviet architecture? But still it’s not the most spectacular capital in the world.

    • kami
      14:07 23/02/2016

      it’s definitely not the most spectacular capital in the world but it has its moments and can be a nice place if you visit it with the right approach. I hope you will get there soon, I think you might like it there!

  11. It’s very interesting and usefull essay. The most boring capital I have ever seen was the Vilinus. However I have not seen many of them :)

    • kami
      14:07 23/02/2016

      Thanks. I actually like Vilnius but you are right, it can get boring after 2 days ;)

  12. Asia/ Lisy w drodze
    09:38 15/02/2016

    Eastern Europe isn’t on my top list right now and the most boring capital I was – was:) San Jose in Costa Rica (for me nothing spectacular).

    • kami
      14:10 23/02/2016

      can’t say as I haven’t been to Costa Rica yet but I still would love to check it out!

  13. Mirøslav Hristøff
    11:25 15/02/2016

    In Bulgaria we have the same shi**y buses (marshrutka). But instead of Russian TV shows your ears have the possibility the ‘enjoy’ on a music with harsh oriental rhythms (chalga). Your description about the concrete, the ruined buildings and so on is valid for every city and town in Bulgaria. I must admit I laughed a lot even it is not funny at all.
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    • kami
      14:13 23/02/2016

      I still think Bulgaria is not THAT bad in comparison to Moldova but I agree besides the touristic places it’s not so bright there. But Moldova is another level of post-Soviet past, it’s kind of depressing actually

  14. Opuszczona miejscówka? Mega pomysł, weszłabym tam nawet oknem jakby było trzeba.
    Myślę, że jest to dość stare miasto, gdzie czas zatrzymał się kilkanaście lat temu i dlatego warto je odwiedzić.

    • kami
      14:14 23/02/2016

      no własnie wszystkie okna były pozamykane, sprawdzałam ;)
      czas się tam zdecydowanie zatrzymał, ale chyba dlatego mi się tam podobało, trochę taka Polska jak z wczesnego dzieciństwa pamiętam.

  15. Hi Kami,
    I just found your blog and have been looking through your posts from Eastern Europe. Your travels are really inspiring, especially the ones from Ukraine. I’m thinking about going there on a solo trip in May, and your post on safety gave me some peace of mind!
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    • kami
      13:28 22/03/2016

      Thanks Miriam! You definitely should visit Ukraine, it’s such a beautiful country (and so cheap these days!). I’m most likely going there again next week :) Where do you think of going there?

  16. Vio
    13:37 08/04/2016

    Short movie for people who wants to visit Moldova: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MU_7YJijgPc

  17. Mark
    04:10 18/10/2016

    I lived in Chisinau for a year. The natural foods, all organic, their fragrances and sweetness…sold by people on the street, for pennies. A layer of snow on all of the buildings made everything romantic. As was seeing the faces of little kids, popping up everyplace when the snow melts and the spring arrives. Boredom? Boredom has its pluses. Time stands still. You see more. Language there is extremely important. Few speak English, and frankly few even care. Romanian is the national language but Russian is the language of the economy. Transdniestra is the most natural and Grigoriopol can give you a glimpse of pre-WWII Soviet schools, roads, etc. Kind of like small towns in America before being changed by so many cars and commercial billboards, and liter. Off limits to Americans, so I went with people who had “connections”.

    • kami
      22:04 24/10/2016

      Thank you for this interesting and valuable comment Mark! You’re right, boredom definitely has its pluses. Even if Chisinau (and Moldova) aren’t the most exciting places ever I still would like to spend more time there

  18. Omosami Moses
    17:54 17/11/2016

    I wish to say this a great information here.
    But however, I need you to advise me if it is advisable for me to em back a journey to Moldova to soonest
    Can I have I good job in Moldova?
    I apply for the visa, please give me an advice if I should travel down there for permanent stay…

    • kami
      18:56 20/11/2016

      I’m sorry but I can’t give you any advise on the work situation in Moldova. I can imagine it’s not the best but I’m not a good source of information here. This is a travel article only. Good luck.

  19. Doina Danu
    05:34 21/01/2017

    Moldova is my native country. After living in the US for 5 months, I can say: Yes, it is not the best looking country, with skyscrapers and shining buildings as other developed countries, but for its people it is valuable. It has a rich culture and beautiful traditions. If you would get to know the people, you would fall in love with it. Beautiful landscapes, tasty, unique cuisine, rich history, people with big hearts…
    For those who haven’t been there yet, I’d say: give it a chance. It is worth discovering Moldova!

    • kami
      22:14 28/01/2017

      I agree! Capital that can’t be called beautiful is not the most important thing! It’s people that matter! And Moldova has some of the most hospitable people ever!

  20. CAMILO DE LELIS
    05:23 27/01/2017

    After visiting Belmopan, Belize’s capital, in Central America, I found I am able to stand any other boring capital in the world! By the looks of your photos, Chisinau might be much better than Belmopan!

    • kami
      22:15 28/01/2017

      I’m not the one to judge as I haven’t been to Belize but if you decided to visit Chisinau don’t have your hopes too high. But it’s interesting in its own way!

  21. Martin
    02:35 24/02/2017

    A very interesting read as always. I was hoping you would eventually mention some amazing attraction or cobblestoned street full of cafes and bars, but it wasn’t to be! It certainly doesn’t sound like the most exciting city but I’m still intrigued and would like to visit. Just a shame it’s not the easiest place to get to, that doesn’t help matters.

    • kami
      12:12 24/02/2017

      No, no such places in Chisinau ;) but it is still a nice city to visit and I’d recommend it for more adventurous and curious travelers. I saw cheap flights with Wizzair from Berlin to Chisinau so it’s definitely slowly opening up to the world! Or you can get to Odessa, Ukraine and from there it’s an each journey to Chisinau!

      • Martin
        16:11 24/02/2017

        I did look on Skyscanner afterwards like you suggested and was surprised how many connections there are e.g.from London too. Odessa does sound like a better overland option, your long journey from Chernivsti didn’t sound like fun! Hopefully I’ll get to visit this year as I like these still non-touristy places.

        • kami
          16:15 27/02/2017

          I took the train from Chisinau to Odessa, it was around 5 hours but not too bad, definitely better than the packed bus from Chernivtsi! I really hope you will get a chance to go there too!

  22. Loved to read your blog about Moldova as I lived there some 17 years ago. My husband got stationed there for just over a year. It’s a funny ‘never has been’ kind of a place. We really enjoyed our stay even if there isn’t much going on, I suspect it hasn’t changed much. Surprizingly, there were a number of very good restaurants that we frequented often ( I won’t list them as they might not be there anymore ;-) ). We saw a bit of the countryside as well and got fairly close to some people. But just seeing how other people live in other countries is worth maybe much more than some grand attractions, at least that is my experience. We also lived on the other side of the border in Romania a few years later for a few months with three young kids (in Piatre Neamt). That was also a great adventure :-). Regarding Luxembourg, we lived there for 10 years and I have to disagree that it is boring ;-). We loved living there and they have the greatest density of medieval fortresses and lots of nature but you have to get out of town. In my opinion a hidden gem :-). Anyway thers’s alway a huge difference between living in a place and going there for a few days. Really happy to have stumbled onto your travelblog!!

    • kami
      19:38 17/04/2017

      I completely agree with you that it’s a whole different story to live and travel to the place. I think if I have more time for Luxembourg I could enjoy it. But I’m willing to give it another chance! As for Moldova I bet not much has changed there since the time you’ve lived there. Even if tourist-wise it’s not the most interesting country I still think it’s worth to visit, to see the real life outside of tourist destinations.

  23. jens
    13:08 11/04/2017

    Hello, I think we are pretty similar. I also like “ticking off” countries. It also makes me proud. And just like you, I don’t care if a city or a country is beautiful as Long as it has some sort of character. Some of the most beautiful cities of the worl (Barcelona, Paris) are definitely not my favourites, whereas some of the most chaotic and in parts also run-down capitals Count amoung my absolute favs (e.g. Istanbul, Lisbon). The Feelings you describe about Chisinau I also know very well from places like Bishkek, Albania, etc. – Well, so this Friday I’m going to Chisinau and really looking Forward to it. And just like for you, it’s the second last country in Europe missing in my travel list. :P

    • kami
      21:14 17/04/2017

      I hope you had a great time in Chisinau! It’s a weird yet interesting city, isn’t it? ;)

  24. Max
    16:06 04/05/2017

    Hi Kami,
    What impression did you get of the Moldovan people? Were they friendly? Did anyone try to scam you? Was there much English spoken?

    • kami
      21:23 27/05/2017

      People were fine, not too friendly but also not too reserved and definitely willing to help a tourist. English wasn’t very much spoken, only in the most popular restaurants and cafe. And fortunately no one tried to scam me!

  25. Yes Scotland
    22:44 09/05/2017

    Your blog brings back memories of my trip to Moldova in 2015. I flew in from Bucharest on a small TAROM propeller plane and even from the air I could tell when I had reached Moldova. The landscape changed suddenly from poor (in comparison to Western Europe) rural Romanian farmland to very poor farmland. The people I met though were very proud and welcoming. I remember the border guards in the airport being very interested in the passport stamps I had and wondering why I had come to Moldova. I was the only non Moldovan or Romanian on the plane and they were a bit surprised to see my passport! I liked Chisinau. As for most boring capital in Europe…no I don’t think so. Vaduz is not much more exciting, neither is Berne or San Marino. That’s not to say those cities are boring either, but Chisinau has a certain edge to it which I enjoyed. Wandering the streets really does take you back in time. I was there for 1 night then went to Odessa, which was a huge step forward in time! I went to buy my train ticket and the lady in Chisnau said “Good luck” to me when I paid for it!

    I wanted to visit Transnistria too, but all I managed was a train journey through the “country”. It looked very interesting, but it’s an awkward place to visit. The trains from Chisinau to Odessa pass through but not for long enough or frequently enough to make a visit for anything less than one night, which is annoying as I really didn’t want to spend a whole night in Tiraspol!

    On my way back from Odessa I took a bus to Chisinau because of the border issue with Transnistria. If you enter or leave Moldova via Transnistria then you might face problems leaving again because the Moldovan authorities do not control the Transnistria/Ukraine border. The bus was cheaper but not much longer than the train, the biggest delay is at the border where we stopped for an hour for no apparent reason. Still, I now have 2 entry stamps from Moldova and one exit stamp! There really is not much to see when traveling through Moldova. A few little delipidated villages with animals working in the fields and old cars is about it, but the people seem to manage. They may be poor but they don’t appear miserable. It reminded me very much of rural Bulgaria or Albania. Soviet times left a lot of ruins in Moldova and they have been slower than others to fix them up or replace them. They will get there eventually. Moldova, I think, has a bright future.

    To be honest Chisinau has everything you would want from a city. It has shops, nice restaurants, bars and cafes, a few parks, monuments and places to walk. It may not be on the same grand scale as London, Paris or Geneva, but it’s got it’s own way of life and I for one would visit again in a heartbeat.

    • kami
      07:53 21/06/2017

      Thank you for your nice comment and for sharing your memories of Moldova. Recently my friends have been there and I couldn’t recognize Chisinau from their pictures and descriptions, the city is definitely improving which is really good! I really hope to return to Moldova as I feel there is much more to the country than we’ve seen.
      Happy travels!

  26. Red
    13:44 03/07/2017

    I completely agree with you regarding the architecture and it is sad that the old buildings have been destroyed during the soviet time. Even now, they prefer to build some new buildings that do not fit. However, I think it is unfair to call a country boring if you visited only Chisinau and Transnistria. There is much more than that and it is quite superficial. I agree that you good organization skills, ask around people for their favourite places and search on internet, but “boring” is a powerful comment.

    • kami
      21:11 21/08/2017

      Even if I’ve been only to those places I’ve crossed a big part of the country and it didn’t look very appealing unfortunately, the landscape was too flat for me. But I’m hoping to give Moldova another chance next year as I feel there must be some gems hidden. Any recommendations?

  27. Alina
    05:41 15/08/2017

    I was born In Moldova and spent my childhood there. That Circus opening was the highlight of my childhood memories. I remember getting a tour, i remember petting lions there and special way it looked inside.

    • kami
      21:12 21/08/2017

      Ah, that sounds so great! The circus is such a beautiful piece of architecture! I really wish I could have gone inside too!

  28. Between 2011 and 2013 I cycled to every European capital, bar Reykjavik and Moscow. Chisinau was interesting but a bit ordinary, but Moldova’s countryside was lovely. The country can do villages and small towns much better than cities (Balti wasn’t up to much either). But what was best – even though I assume it was down to poverty – was that every garden was growing masses of fruit and vegetables. The whole country was like an allotment, all green and fertile. I really enjoyed my time there although the road quality was awful (but not as bad as Ukraine’s).

    And I agree about Liechtenstein and Vaduz – dullest place in Europe (and possibly the universe).

    • kami
      13:34 05/10/2017

      I had a very similar impressions of Moldova when I traveled by bus across the country! It has so much better countryside than the cities. This sounds like such an amazing trip you had!

  29. Hi Kami! This post pulled up as I was doing some research for our trip to Sofia-Bucharest and had thought about adding on Chisinau (or at least hubby wanted to). But after reading your report, I’m sure if taking a day out to visit Chisinau is worth it. ;) (Although a friend said the Moldovian? wine is good, but probably not as fun in December.) So I think we might rearrange our planning to include Budapest so we can see some friends there and then carry on. As always thanks for your honest feedback!
    Cheers, Joy

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