Chișinău the capital of Republic of Moldova
If you are looking for a city by the beach with nice architecture, good transportation or great /California Type/ weather.. Chișinău is not that place. This city’s greatest attraction is the people. Moldovans are known for being very polite, friendly, humble, amiable, hospitable and good-natured people. At the same time, moldovans are sorrowful but strong individuals. They are sorrowful because of the poverty in this country and they are strong because, somehow, they manage to build a good life for themselves in those conditions. Often a member of a family leaves Moldova to work abroad in order to provide for the rest of the relatives. In Moldova the Romanian and Russian languages are spoken. Some can speak English, Spanish or French. The city of Chișinău is home to 492,894 residents.
Other things you will enjoy in this city are the beverages and the food. Chişinău is a good place for food lovers. There are plenty and close by places to eat. Traditional moldovan cuisine is served in most restaurants. The fertile black soil of Moldova permits the growth of a wide range of foods, all of which have found their uses in the national cuisine. Also you could buy products from farmers from all over the country that are gathering everyday at the central market. (open-air market Piaţa Centrală)
One particular moldovan dish is marinated watermelon that ends up tasting salty and sweet.
The country produces large quantities of classic white and pink sparkling wines, as well as red sparkling wines. The most famous sparkling wines are those made in the Cricova winery (15 kilometres (9.3 mi) north of Chişinău). Famous Cricova wine cellars is the second largest wine cellar in Moldova, after Milestii Mici (largest in the world). The Milestii Mici cellars, situated 10 km away from the capital Chisinau, are visited by tens of thousands of tourists annually, representing Moldova’s signature.
Moldova National Wine Day and Wine Festival take place every year in the first weekend of October, in Chișinău. The events celebrate the autumn harvest and recognizes the country’s long history of winemaking, which dates back some 500 years.
The city has different possibilities when it comes to accommodation. You can choose between an old hotel or a newish hotel or rent an apartment.
Many restaurants and almost all the hotels in the city accept credit cards. There are hundreds of ATMs throughout the city where you can use your bank cards.
There are five sectors in Chișinău. Centru is the nicest and the other 4 sectors don’t differ much from each other. Administrative sectors of Chișinău: 1-Centru, 2-Buiucani, 3-Rîșcani, 4-Botanica, 5-Ciocana.
Crime is relatively low although usual precautions apply.
Chișinău is the most economically prosperous locality in Moldova and its largest transportation hub. Transportation is cheap but the city traffic becomes more and more congested each year pass. Chișinău International Airport offers connections to major destinations, within Europe and Asia.
Many modern-style buildings have been built in the city since 1991. However, the old Soviet-style clusters of living blocks are still an extensive feature of the cityscape.
Canadian Adventurer, Mike Spencer Bown, has travelled for 23 years in about 195 countries said about the city: “Chișinău is a fun city for walking in the summertime, with lovely chestnut trees and interesting parks. It’s a small quite city good for relaxation.”
Chisinau is considered one of the greenest cities in europe. Chestnut, maples, limes and others are planted along streets and boulevards of Chisinau and in the parks.
Ștefan cel Mare Central Park The park contains 50 species of trees, some of which are quite old, the mulberries and acacias being between 130 and 180 years. A special place in this park is dedicated to the most famous historians, poets and writers of the Moldovan called the “Alley of Classics”.
Central Cathedral Park is located in the heart of the city. Here you can admire a few historical monuments such as the Arch of Triumph, Belfry and the cathedral itself. Throughout the year various cultural events, concerts, exhibitions and festivals are organized around this park.
Valley Mills Park is attractive by picturesque lake and waterfall. Visitors come to have long relaxing walks, running around the lake, photography and even fishing. During summer it is possible to rent boats to sail over the lake. Swimming is banned.
Moldova’s traditional folk culture is very rich, especially the music, and it’s loved by moldovans.
National Palace (PALATUL NAȚIONAL „NICOLAE SULAC”) is a concert hall in Chișinău where many cultural and artistic events take place.
In Chișinău there are several museums. The three national museums are The National Museum of Ethnography & Natural History, the National Museum of Arts and the National Museum of Archaeology & History.
The climate in Chișinău is characterized by hot dry summers and windy cold winters. The best times to visit Chișinău is spring and summer.
On March the 1st moldovans celebrate Mărțișor and the city gets a very festive vibe. A red and white string with hanging tassel customarily is given on the 1st day of March In order to celebrate the first day of spring.
Another interesting tradition takes places in winter, on Christmas days. (there are 2 dates Christmas is celebrated: those of russian descent celebrate on January 7 and the rest of moldovans on December 25)
Colindă is folk ritual performed around Christmas time. The youth, gathered in groups, practice singing in unison. The groups would go to different houses and begin singing songs that are inspired by the Holy Scripture. The families would invite them into the house, and give them different small gifts such as nuts, dried fruits and candy.
If you decide to visit in winter be aware that the streets can be slippy and not cleared of snow/ice as much as you might expect elsewhere.
There are a number of shops and shopping centres in Chişinău.
Chişinău Souvenir Bazaar – The city’s main artisan market. One can find hand made crafts, paintings and relics from the Soviet days. Negotiating prices is acceptable. Located on Stefan cel Mare boulevard adjacent to the Mihail Eminescu National Theatre at Stefan cel Mare 152.
Consider buying a special cognac selection of about 30 small bottles, with different sorts of cognac. It can make a nice gift.