peace and wine, the best way to find yourself
All is so peaceful here. I think Moldavia is a land for writers, for thinkers, for those who are searching themselves, who want to find the deep down of their soul.
Hmmm... wine and soul... interesting combination.
Moldavia is the eastern province of Romania. Its land follows down, step by step, from mountains, through hills to the Prut River plain. And with so many sunny hills it's natural for this Romanian province to be the land of vineyards. The greatest wine producer of Romania.
And Moldavian people are like hills they live. Sweet and mild. Even their language is alike. They speak Romanian, like all the rest. But because they tend to soft words Moldavians have a special, sweet accent.
Foreigners generally know Moldavia because of its painted monasteries or its wine. But what about its fortresses? Yes, right. Not so well preserved as Transylvanian fortresses but still beautiful. What about extraordinary cultural medieval city Iasi? What about its nature side? Nothing? Well, I'm here to help you enrich your knowledge.
But first, click next link to find out where is Moldavia. I wrote this page not only to easier locate this province but also to help you to establish a parallel between Moldavia, the province of Romania and Republic Moldavia, the independent, neighbour state.
What is my connection with Moldavia? Of course I have one!! Or maybe more... My father was Moldavian and I was born at Onesti, a little town in the heart of the province. Little but not insignificant. If you ever heard about the great Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci... well... she was born and grew up in the same town.
Am I too proud? Maybe. But let's go to...
People say the scenery in the mountains is very similar to that of Switzerland. Is it true or not? I never travelled to Switzerland. If you know more about it just give me a hint.From Moldavia you have easy access to:
- Natural Park Vanatori Neamt
very reach in flora (around of 25% of Romanian flora) and fauna rare species like brown bear, wolf, auroch.
- National Park Rodnei Mountains
a glacial area where winds and rains finished a great sculpture.
- National Park Calimani Mountains
a volcanic mountain with many strange rock groups.
- National Park Ceahlau Mountain
a sacred mountain in our myths, slopes, towers and mountain paths coloured with rare flora and fauna.
- National Park Hasmas-Bicazului Gorges
Bicaz River has cut its gorges into a thick layer of Jurassic limestone. And Hasmas Mountain careful watches its work.
- Biosphere Reservation of Danube Delta
the youngest land in Europe, with generous biosphere diversity
For those who like natural treatment there are mineral and thermal springs in lots of spas like Vatra Dornei, Poiana Negrii, Slanic Moldova, Campulung Moldovenesc, Durau, Izvoru Muntelui, Targu Ocna, Soveja.
You can also take the eco-tourism way through vineyards. In exchange to a couple of days work you receive products - grapes and wine.
Moldavia's history and culture
Moldova is very rich in cultural and religious traditions. The monasteries in Bucovina have extraordinary mural paintings and they are richly adorned. A visit to Voronet, Moldovita, Sucevita, Arbore, Humor Monasteries is more than a simply experience about local history, culturally or spirituality. Because they are part of the world heritage.
Their frescoes were awarded important prizes, such as "Pomme d'Or" (Golden Apple) of the International Union of Travel Journalists and Writers.
Do you know Voronet Monastery was painted with a special blue colour? So special then nobody was able to discover the exact combination used for painting till today. We are talking about "Voronet blue".
Moldavia has its fortresses, too. Mostly ruins but still beautiful. Not only medieval ones like Neamtului Fortress or Suceava Fortress. They are also lots of Dacian (Tribal Centre of Poiana, Traces of Dacian Settlement-Horegesti) and Roman fortresses (Tirighina Roman Camp-Barbosi).
Iasi, the greatest Moldavian city, was capital of Moldavia for a while. But it's considered the cradle of Romanian culture. Maybe because Moldavia gave life to so many Romanian personalities who came here to develop and refine their education. Maybe because the first Romanian university was opened here...
By the way, as we talked about personalities I remembered to tell you about memorial houses you can visit. For many of them the house where they were born and they lived their childhood was preserved as "in memoriam". You can discover not only the great spirits who lit those rooms but also lots of Moldavian traditions. Speaking by the witch...
Here, in Moldavia, traditions are not so different from a county to another like in Transylvania. Pieces of popular costumes are very much alike. But colours and artistic sewing are still different.
The most powerful tradition is the grape vine culture and wine production. And that's why, from spring to autumn, all customs are more or less related to this trade.
But during the winter pottery, wooden crafts, sewing their costumes, weaving, icons painting, eggs colouring, folk masks manufacturing are their occupations.
It's impossible to not love Moldavia. Cause Moldavia is like the juice of its graphs, sweet and jammy.
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