May 27, 2011

My sweet guide Natalia at the Central Cathedral in Chisinau

Moldova:  Small former Soviet Socialist Republic
located 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
WWII 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.
Entirely separate currency and (unrecognized) government.