27 May 2011

My sweet guide Natalia at the Central Cathedral in Chisinau, Moldova

Moldova (a former Soviet Socialist Republic) is between Romania and the Ukraine

Milestii Mici, the largest wine collection in the world with 50 kilometers of underground galleries for Moldovan wines!

Stephen the Great, Moldova's most revered historic leader

World War II memorial with eternal flame

In the breakaway region of Transnistria (protected by a Russian army base), Lenin and the hammer and sickle still reign supreme.

Transnistria has its own currency and government (recognized by Russia), although most maps (like the one above) include it with Moldova.