Theme Week Moldova – Bender City

31 October 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Freedom Square © Maturion/cc-by-sa-4.0

Freedom Square © Maturion/cc-by-sa-4.0

Bender or Tighina (Romanian) is a city within the internationally recognized borders of Moldova under control of the unrecognized Transnistria since 1992. It is located on the western bank of the river Dniester in the Romanian historical region of Bessarabia. Together with its suburb Proteagailovca, the city forms a municipality, which is separate from Transnistria (as an administrative unit of Moldova) according to Moldovan law. Bender is located in the buffer zone established at the end of the 1992 War of Transnistria. While the Joint Control Commission has overriding powers in the city, Transnistria has administrative control. The fortress of Tighina was one of the important historic fortresses of the Principality of Moldova.   read more…

Theme Week Moldova – Cahul

30 October 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Park © Bertramz/cc-by-sa-3.0

Park © Bertramz/cc-by-sa-3.0

Cahul is a city and municipality in southern Moldova. The city is the administrative center of Cahul District; it also administers one village, Cotihana. The city has a population of 39,600. Cahul is connected by national roads with Chișinău, Giurgiulești, Oancea (Romania) and Reni (Ukraine). Cahul is also a border checkpoint to Romania. The railway station serves the city and is operated by Moldovan Railways. It provides direct rail connections to Chișinău. The city is served by the Cahul International Airport located 8 km south-east of the city centre. Currently, the airport has no scheduled flights. Romanians have been able to travel to Moldova without a visa since 2007 and, since April 2014, Moldovans have also been able to travel to Romania and the EU without a visa, which increases the mobility of the Moldovan population in the border region, which among other things facilitates the sale of fruit and vegetables across the border to Romania.   read more…

Theme Week Moldova – Dubăsari

29 October 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Liberal Arts College © flickr.com - Clay Gilliland/cc-by-sa-2.0

Liberal Arts College © flickr.com – Clay Gilliland/cc-by-sa-2.0

Dubăsari is a city in Transnistria region of the Republic of Moldova, with a population of 23,650 and functions as the seat of the Dubăsari (Dubossary) District. The origin of the town name is the plural form of the Romanian archaic word dubăsar (“boatman”), a derivative of dubă (“a small wooden boat“), so “Dubăsari” means “boatmen”.   read more…

Theme Week Moldova – Soroca

28 October 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Soroca Fort © Photobank MD

Soroca Fort © Photobank MD

Soroca is a city and municipality in Moldova, situated on the Dniester river about 160 km north of Chișinău. It is the administrative center of the Soroca District. Soroca had an estimated 37,500 inhabitants. The city has a sizable Romani (Gypsy) minority and is popularly known as the “Romani capital of Moldova.”   read more…

Theme Week Moldova – Comrat

27 October 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Shopping © Mafo/cc-by-sa-4.0

Shopping © Mafo/cc-by-sa-4.0

Comrat (Gagauz: Komrat) is a city and municipality in Moldova and the capital of the autonomous region of Gagauzia. It is located in the south of the country, on the Ialpug River. Comrat’s population is at 26,000, of which the vast majority are Gagauzians.   read more…

Theme Week Moldova

26 October 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks, UNESCO World Heritage

National Enoteca at Cricova © Cepaev/cc-by-sa-3.0

National Enoteca at Cricova © Cepaev/cc-by-sa-3.0

Moldova, officially the Republic of Moldova, is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe. It is bordered by Romania to the west and Ukraine to the north, east, and south. The capital city is Chișinău (List of cities and towns in Moldova). Due to a decrease in industrial and agricultural output following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the service sector has grown to dominate Moldova’s economy and is over 60% of the nation’s GDP. It is the poorest country in Europe by GDP per capita, and it has the lowest Human Development Index in the continent.   read more…

Chișinău, the capital of Moldova

19 July 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

City hall © Mirek237

City hall © Mirek237

Chișinău, historically also known as Kishinev, is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Moldova. It is Moldova’s main industrial and commercial center, and is located in the middle of the country, on the river Bîc. According to January 2014 official estimates, Chișinău proper has a population of 675,000 and the municipality of Chișinău is home to 805,000 residents.   read more…

Overview Theme Weeks

27 December 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks

Theme Weeks In irregular intervals we publish Theme Weeks about cities, regions, and countries. Here you can find the complete list.   read more…

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The Elbe

16 September 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hamburg, UNESCO World Heritage

Elbe River at Dresden © NetgutuDD

Elbe River at Dresden © NetgutuDD

The Elbe rises at an elevation of about 1,400 metres (4,593 ft) in the Krkonoše (also known as Giant Mountains or in German as Riesengebirge) on the northwest borders of the Czech Republic. Of the numerous small streams whose waters compose the infant river, the most important is the Bílé Labe, or White Elbe. After plunging down the 60 metres (197 ft) of the Labský vodopád, or Elbe Falls, the latter stream unites with the steeply torrential Malé Labe, and thereafter the united stream of the Elbe pursues a southerly course, emerging from the mountain glens at and continuing on to Pardubice, where it turns sharply to the west. At Kolín some 43 kilometres (27 mi) further on, it bends gradually towards the north-west.   read more…

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