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I would be ashamed! If I’d ripped off my nation as these motherf#ckers have ripped of Moldova, I’d be ashamed to show my face.”

The vlogger told his subscribers about the “billion dollar bill theft” and criticizes politicians who “have done nothing in their 30 years of independence.”

He pointed out that after the collapse of the USSR, the citizens of the Republic of Moldova hoped that a better life awaits them.I

“In Soviet times, Moldova was a well-run, efficient republic. Soviets used to come from all over the SU here. It was warm, there was good wine here, […]. But then independence came, and people wished for something better. But what did they receive instead? They’ve received nothing but Governments that ripped them off, embezzled cash, escaped the country with stolen billions, and the people are left here to pick up the pieces,” he concluded.

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Moldova in the last decade// the most attractive festivals that gathered thousands of people

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In the last decade, a lot of festivals, open-air fairs, marathons, concerts and other cultural events were organised. Some of them stopped, others continue until today. The festivals that stood the test of time are mainly related to Moldovan traditions, clothing, dancing, food, etc. Still, there are also some special festivals dedicated to wine, sweets, or… pumpkins. Here we present a collection of interesting festivals organised in Moldova in the last 10 years.

1. The open-air classical music festival DescOpera

source: Facebook| Festivalul DescOpera

The first edition of the festival DecOpera was organised in 2016. The festival takes place in the historical and archaeological complex Old Orhei. The event brings classical music and opera in the middle of the nature.

Being annually held on the third weekend of June, DescOpera is visited by more than 5000 local and foreign tourists, and involves a total of 500 musicians from all over the Europe. The idea of presenting an open-air opera and classical music show at Old Orhei belongs to the Austrian conductor Friederick Pfeiffer, who first came to the National Opera “Maria Bieșu” from Chisinau to perform “Requiem” by Giuseppe Verdi in the summer of 2015.

2. Mai Dulce Festival

source: ProTV

The name of the festival can be literally translated as “sweeter”, being organised in Chisinau 7 times in a row. The event encourages home baking traditions, local brands that produce sweets and children’s clothing, as well as supports young craftsmen. It is usually organised at the end of May.

3. The Festival of the Environment

source: UNDP

The last edition of the Festival of the Environment was dedicated to air quality and reducing air pollution. At the event, batteries and households for recycling were collected, it was calculated how many trees we already owe to the planet, the quality of water and air was checked, games and info points were organised. The event was held in Valea Morilor Park, one of the green spots from the most polluted city in Moldova – Chișinău.

4. Lavender Fest

source: curentul.md

The festival occurred in Cobusca Nouă village in a lavender field. Unfortunately, only two editions of festival were organised: in 2015 and 2016. Visitors had the chance to attend gastronomy workshops, yoga sessions, handicraft fairs, outdoor massage sessions, concerts and they even had ice cream made of lavender.

5. iProsop Festival

source: provincial.md

The festival iProsop is organised in the village Selemet, Cimișlia district. It is dedicated to the tradition of hand-crafted traditional towel and entrepreneurial opportunities for local artisans.

The event used to be attended each year by more than 50 artisans from all over the region who promoted the traditions and customs from the South, related to the national clothing, gastronomy, folklore and rural lifestyle, but in particular related to Prosopul (Romanian traditional towel) – an element of national heritage.

6. The ethno-gastronomic festival Bostaniada

source: Facebook| Bostaniada

The Bostaniada festival takes place in Lozova village, Straseni district. The festival celebrates the fruits of autumn through an exhibition of the largest and most unusual pumpkins from Moldova and crafts inspired by nature. It exhibits ethno music, parades, contests, games, sculptures in pumpkins, wine tastings and home-made dishes made of pumpkin.

7. Underland wine & music festival

source: Facebook| Underland

The wine and street cultures festival takes place entirely under the ground, in the legendary underground city of Cricova. It gathers 100 national and international street artists, singers, jugglers, magicians, live statues, and presents delicious food, and many kinds of red, white, sparkling and mulled wine.

8. Ia Mania festival

source: Facebook| Ia Mania

The festival is organised every year in Holercani village, Dubăsari district, aiming to promote traditional values and popular clothing. During the event, the contest Mandria takes place, which is a competition of designers from Moldova. Visitors also can attended a fair of traditional dishes, traditional crafts and clothing.

This text is a translation. The original article here.

Photo: bisconcert.com

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Six countryside guesthouses from Moldova that are worth visiting

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Rural tourism is very popular nowadays. It is practised even in such small countries as Moldova, where one can travel and stay in a traditional style guesthouse or inn. They usually offer accommodation services, restaurants, spa, swimming pools, rent a bike, excursions’ services, etc.

Six of countryside guesthouses from the Republic of Moldova have been certified and became a part of the common CerTour network formed of 12 countries in the Black Sea and the Mediterranean areas. Here are the guesthouses:

1. Eco Resort Butuceni

source: pensiuneabutuceni.md

The inn is located in a picturesque place in Butuceni village, being classified as a 3-star guesthouse. The interior and exterior decoration of the buildings is adapted to the rustic style. In 2004, first houses were purchased, which were restored, refurbished and opened for accommodation in 2007. Nowadays, there is also a spa centre, a craft centre, conference rooms, swimming pools, a pond for fishing and a concert space.

source: pensiuneabutuceni.md

The houses have specific architectural elements of the Old Orhei ethnographic area. Thus, some houses contain local elements of decoration, local crafts, furniture, fabrics and everyday items with a great cultural value. The natural drinks and local dishes are served in clay dishes, being prepared using natural ingredients from old traditional recipes.

2. Casa din Luncă

source: casadinlunca.com

The guesthouse was built by the Benzing family in May 2002, in the village of Trebujeni near Old Orhei. It was the first guesthouse of its kind in the Republic of Moldova.

It is classified, according to national standards, as a 3-star guesthouse and consists of two courtyard houses. The area in the yards includes three pavilions, a playground, swings, a swimming pool and a Russian sauna.

source: casadinlunca.com

The guesthouse is an ecological residence, choosing to reduce all types of pollution (chemical, biological, visual, olfactory or sound ones). The efficient use of energy resources is a priority for the staff and clients. Hot water is obtained by using batteries to accumulate solar energy. The heating of the rooms is ensured by the heating system with wood and biomass. The illumination of the territory is mainly done with solar lamps. The guesthouse has an ecological container for the collection of household waste, located in a specially designed space. There is also an autonomous system for capturing and evacuating rainwater.

3. Casa Verde

One of the pioneers in the field of rural tourism was the guest house “Casa Verde”  built in 2001. It is a complex of 3 traditional houses where such traditions as painting Easter eggs is preserved and promoted. This craft is practised by several women from Trebujeni.

The guest house also includes a restaurant where a wide range of fresh, traditional, authentic food can be served or even prepared by visitors, along with non-alcoholic beverages (fresh compote, juices, herbal tea), as well as alcoholic beverages (homemade wines, brandy, sour cherries liquor).

4. Vila Roz

source: vilaroz.com

The countryside guest house was opened in 2011, in Trebujeni, after the reconstruction of the owner’s parent house. The guesthouses’s doors are open all year long, offering accommodation services in two buildings. The terrace is decorated with Moldovan carpets, table covers and other decor elements made by local craftsmen.

The guest house’s kitchen is specialised in traditional dishes, prepared from vegetables grown in the own garden and bought from local farmers. The most famous local dishes are the biscuits in the form of roses and the home-made roses jam.

source: vilaroz.com

5. Fata Morgana

source: fatamorgana.md

The inn is located in Molovata village, Dubasari district. It was opened for visitors in 2012 and accommodates them during the warm season of the year, as well as during the winter holidays. It was designed and built in accordance with local architectural traditions, using traditional materials: stone, wood, clay and reed.

The complex is formed of a big house and small bungalows for relaxation and fishing, as well as a summer terrace and the wine cellar that are decorated with traditional elements such as clay pots, traditional towels, wagon wheels, etc.

The menu of the local restaurant includes traditional dishes like crabs boiled in butter, accompanied by homemade wine and cvas.

6. Hanul lui Hanganu

source: hanulhanganu.md

The guesthouse is located in Lalova, Rezina district. It started its activity in 2006, offering, at that time, accommodation services in two rooms, meal and leisure. Now it represents a set of rooms built in rustic style: walls of clay, roof covered with ceramic tiles, furniture made of natural wood and woollen carpets.

source: hanulhanganu.md

The general objective of the CerTour project is to promote rural tourism in the partner regions and to improve the quality of the offered services by introducing a common quality standard and a certification process. The guesthouses receive certification for a number of criteria: proximity to cities, security, traditional products for sale, sustainable use of natural resources, minimal impact on the environment and others.

Information source: the catalogue of certified guesthouses in the Republic of Moldova

This text is a translation. The original article can be found here.

Photo: pensiuneabutuceni.md

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Inbound tourism in the Republic of Moldova, facts and figures

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Since January to September 2019, 15 695 foreign tourists visited Moldova and used the services of local travel agencies, according to the National Bureau of Statistics of Moldova (NBS), the number of such tourists being by 4.2% more as compared to the same period in 2018.

Out of about 15.7 thousand foreign foreign tourists and visitors who benefited from the services of local travel agencies, 86.1% arrived for rest, recreation and leisure purposes, 11% for business and professional purposes and 2.9% for medical purposes. The top 10 countries of origin of the tourists who came to Moldova were as following:

  1. Austria (2 401 visitors);
  2. Romania (2 291 visitors);
  3. Germany (1 287 visitors);
  4. Ukraine (1 099 visitors);
  5. Russia (1 067 visitors);
  6. Poland (926 visitors);
  7. The United Kingdom and Northern Ireland (800 visitors);
  8. China (643 visitors);
  9. Italy (455 visitors);
  10. The United States of America (424 visitors).

On the other hand, the accommodation infrastructure of the Republic of Moldova recorded a much higher number of foreign tourists who visited the country (that meaning the tourists either used the services of their own countries’ travel agencies or organised their visits on their own).
Therefore, the NBS informed that between January and September 2019 the accommodation units from Moldova (hotels, motels, guest houses, villas and holiday camps) were attended by 130.3 thousand non-resident tourists (that representing 43.4% of the total number of recorded tourists). In 2019, the number of foreign tourists accommodated in Moldova increased by 3.5% as compared to the same period in 2018. Most of them came from the following 10 countries:

  1. Romania (33 877 visitors);
  2. Ukraine (16 026 visitors);
  3. Russia (11 075 visitors);
  4. The United States (7 687 visitors);
  5. Germany (6 124 visitors);
  6. Italy (5 342 visitors);
  7. Turkey (5 082 visitors);
  8. Poland (5 082 visitors);
  9. The United Kingdom and Northern Ireland (3 779 visitors)
  10. Israel (3 388 visitors).

Overall, the trends of the incoming tourism in Moldova are positive, as the number of tourists who visited the country and stayed at the accommodation units increased from 68 829 recorded tourists in 2004 to 160 233 tourists in 2018.

source: statbank.statistica.md/

The highest share is represented by the tourists coming from European countries – 96 592 persons in 2018 as compared to 30 391 persons in 2004, and the tourists coming from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) – 37 674 tourists in 2018 as compared to 19 894 tourists in 2004.

source: statbank.statistica.md/

Photo: pandatur.md

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