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Moldova: A Holiday in an Undiscovered Land

There are plenty of reasons to spend a holiday in Moldova: the beautiful landscapes, the gracious hospitality, the fine wine… the list goes on. Have a look, and be entranced.

Glimpse Moldova’s past in Old Orhei, an open-air museum filled with grottoes and greenery. Among its curiosities are caves once inhabited by Christian monks, fortresses from the early centuries and mediaeval times, and the public baths.

Natural wonders abound in Saharna, which people visit to enjoy the “silence of ages,” peace and calm, and the 22 waterfalls cascading within the forest. The tallest rock here, Grimidon, is said to be the site of an apparition of Saint Maria.

Go on a holiday in Moldova during Martisor, from the Romanian “martie” or “March.” A celebration of spring, it has its roots in the worship of Mars, not just the god of war but of agriculture, too. A ten-day music festival accompanies this. Locals wear red and white charms which are handed out while they utter, “Live and blossom like apple-trees in the heart of the spring.”

Merry-making during Martisor usually involves feasting, and visitors are led to the house’s “Casa Mare” (Big Room) to share dishes like mamaliga or maize porridge, sorpa or ram soup, and pelmeni or rolls stuffed with meat. These dishes were originally brought to Moldova by immigrants from Ukraine, Bulgaria, and other neighbouring countries.

Vineyards make up a considerable part of the landscape, and the wines here can certainly compete with the more well-known products from around the world. Aside from the usual Sauvignon and Cabernet, there are traditional varieties such as Black Rara, Feteasca, and Moldova. These have been described by experts as “preserv[ing] the freshness of the morning dew, as well as the natural purity and the vigorous richness of the soil."

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