Chisinau Journals

Two Days in Chisinau

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An August 2013 trip to Chisinau by Essexgirl09

Best Eastern Hotel Dacia Photo, Chisinau, Moldova More Photos
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Moldovan Market Madness

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Armenian Street Market Photo, Chisinau, Moldova
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I visited two markets whilst I was in Chisinau, although there are several, in the city and its environs. The main central market that I was aware of, is on Strada Armeneasca (Armenian Street) was the closest to a large locals market. I believe it goes all the way through to Strada Tighin on the other side but I didn’t spot an exit this way (however this may have been just as well as I think we would have been quite disorientated by this point). It is a large market where the locals shop and sells virtually everything you need from fruit, groceries, clothes and household goods. You can purchase eyelash curlers, shoes and laundry detergent if you so wish. In the end I just purchased a leather belt ...Read More

Central Chisinau

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Government House Photo, Chisinau, Moldova
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Central Chisinau is hard to explain. After the Nazis pulled out of the city during the Second World War, they destroyed most of it, so the new Soviet era built city is antiseptic, impersonal and has no real personality or charm. The Central Park (Stefan cel Mare) nearby is lovely (see separate review), and St Stephen’s statue marks the end of the park and the wide open and bland boulevard of which I am now writing about (Boulevard Stefan cel Mare). Just up the road from the park is Government House, where the Moldovan cabinet meets, with the Moldovan flag proudly flying from its roof. It is a large, uninspiring building and I don’t believe it can be visited. Behind here is a concert hal...Read More

Best Eastern Hotel Dacia

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Hotel | "Two Days at the Dacia "

Best Eastern Hotel Dacia Photo, Chisinau, Moldova
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The Dacia Hotel is a four star hotel located in central Chisinau. It is well located for various government institutions, the UN and various other businesses as well as the attractive and bustling city park. It is situated on 31st August 1989 Street, named after the day that the Moldovans switched from Cyrillic script to Latin script after independence. It seems to be mainly a business hotel, offering conference facilities. Whilst look fairly unassuming from the outside, the interior of the hotel is very well maintained, spacious and modern. The reception area, is very smart with a marble finish. I found the lifts a bit odd. When arriving on your floor the button you pressed when you g...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 27, 2013

Best Eastern Hotel Dacia
135 31ST AVGUSTA STREET
Chisinau, Moldova
373-2232251

Stefan cel Mare Central Park

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Attraction | "Pretty Park"

Stefan cel Mare Central Park Photo, Moldova, Europe
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Ştefan cel Mare Central Park (named for St Stephen the Great) is the main city park in Central Chisinau, Moldova. Chisinau was apparently one of the greenest cities in the former Soviet Union and we were lovely that this pretty, tranquil park was situated so close to our hotel. The park is surrounded by 31st August 1989 Street, Boulevard Stefan cel Mare (the street Parliament is on), Maria Cebotan Street and Mitropolit Gavril Banulescu-Bodoni Street. At 17 acres, this two hundred year old park (formerly known as Pushkin Park in the Soviet era) is the largest and oldest in the city. Much of the city was destroyed by Nazis at the end of the Second World War, so now the oldest surviving monu...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 2, 2013

Stefan cel Mare Central Park
Stefan Cel Mare Si Sfant Boulevard
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Orheiul Vechi

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Attraction | "Cave Monastery"

Orheiul Vechi Photo, Chisinau, Moldova
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Orheiul Vechi is a 13th century cave monastery situated approximately 60km from the Moldovan capital Chisinau. It is apparently Moldova’s 3rd most visited attraction (the first two are wineries). I have to say I was intrigued to see how the Moldovans ‘do’ tourism. You can get here by public bus from Central Chisinau bus station but we did it as part of a tour. Our tour lasted about four and a half hours including travelling time in good roads (at least until you get to the village) and hotel pick up. As the monastery doesn’t take up too much time, a traditional dinner at a local restaurant was included. Total cost was €25. Russian Orthodox Monks were here until the 18th century when loc...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 4, 2013

Orheiul Vechi

Chisinau, moldova