Category Archives: Moldova

Moldova Travel Guide app for iPhone and Android released!

Tweet The first of many fruits from my recent press trip to Moldova has been completed. Drawing on this trip and my four previous visits to Moldova for Lonely Planet research over the past seven years, I have produced the Moldova Travel Guide app for iPhone and Android. Moldova is…

Do not open till February 2011

Tweet Tim Cahill once said “In good travel writing, something on the trip always has to go wrong.” If this is true, then after my most recent Lonely Planet research trip in Romania and Moldova, I should have a book deal landing on my desk any second. At least I…

Soroca Fortress – Moldova

Tweet It wasn’t an easy drive, but me and a merry band of Moldovans road-tripped up to Soroca last week and I took some gripping video. Share on Facebook

The Legend of Magnetic Hill – Orhei, Moldova

Tweet Using my faithful Dacia Logan, I test the magnetic properties of a notorious hill in central Moldova. There’s really not much more to add. You gotta see it to believe it. I heartily recommend World Nomads travel insurance Share on Facebook

New hidden cam video of Transdniestr reveals that everything is still effed

Tweet When researching Romania and Moldova for Lonely Planet, I’m also obliged to visit the self-declared, breakaway republic of Transdniestr (A.K.A. ‘Transnistria’). It’s yet another one of those countries-that-don’t-exist jobbies that you hear about occasionally in the news. Though they haven’t had any headline-grabbing military action since the brief, but…

Romania/Moldova lists

Tweet As with my Tuscany lists, I’m doing a random (yet totally definitive and quote-worthy) best/worst overview of this summer’s research trips to Romania and Moldova. One all-encompassing word of warning to start, do not travel here in July or August. Romania has already begun to mirror Western Europe in…

How to escape a bribe shakedown perpetrated by greedy Moldovan swine

Tweet Just north of Chisinau, on the road to the Cricova winery, there’s a devious little speed trap in a 300 meter long, little buttfuck settlement, barely large enough to be named and nowhere near large enough to appear on any maps. The two cops in this almost-town have absolutely…

Anthony Bourdain makes clusterf*ck visit to Romania

Tweet If you missed it, you can check this page for the rerun schedule, but I’ll save you the suspense and tell you that Anthony’s trip to Romania was pitifully conceived, planned and executed. Among other things, totally avoidable eff-ups included: • Rather than contacting me, he let his bumbling…

Transdniestr bomb blast

Tweet Things seem to be getting worse in Transdniestr.  Trans-Dniester blast kills eight:  At least eight people have been killed in an explosion on a city minibus in Moldova’s breakaway Trans-Dniester region, officials say. No word on whether the maxitaxi was the target or whether the bomb was intended for…

Moldovan Wine Huhuhuhuhuhuhuhuh!

Tweet [NOTE: Though this post does not lack for entertainment value, for updated practical information on Moldova’s wine offerings, you’d be better served by reading my Moldovan Wine guide.] I know all you winos have been on the edge of your desk chairs waiting for this one, breathless with anticipation…

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