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The Sound of the Impact on the Drum: Moldavian Music

  • Samantha Libby
  • 5 July 2011

Like most folk tunes, Moldavian music is deeply rooted in national traditions, characterised by the use of traditional musical instruments such as the ‘nai’. Nowadays, young people are getting their folk fix with the likes of internationally famous bands such as Zdob şi Zdub, a name that roughly translates as ‘the sound of impact on the drum’.

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Photo of the Week: Autumn at Tsiganesti Monastery, Moldova

  • Vladimir Bujak (Photo and Text)
  • 1 May 2011

This photo captures the incredible range of colours on display as the trees of the Moldovan countryside ready themselves for another winter. It was taken on the way to Tsiganesti Monastery, which lies some 40 kilometres outside the capital city of Chisinau.

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Photo of the Week: Velo Hora, Chisinau, Moldova

  • Denis Colosov (Photo) Julia Streapco (Text)
  • 16 January 2011

Every year the Velo Hora Festival takes place in Chisinau, Moldova, and is dedicated to World Carfree Day – the 22nd of September. Usually, this festival welcomes about 3,000 cyclists as participants. The Velo Hora ride is typically 20 kilometres long and connects all areas of the city.

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The Undiscovered Festival of Europe: Wine in Moldova

  • Ben P Jones and Yana Malikovskaya
  • 31 July 2010

If you believe that the emergence of wine production in Moldova is a new undertaking, think again! The Republic of Moldova has 130,000 acres (530 km2) of vineyards, comprising the important regions of Balti, Codru, Nistreana (which includes the famous Purcari region) and Comrat. It is only fitting that Moldova has come to celebrate its proud wine culture. And what better way to celebrate than through a wine festival?

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A Plunge into the Past at Historic Old Orhei, Moldova

  • Iana Malikovskaya and Ethan Gelber
  • 23 November 2009

Moldova doesn’t quite have the prominent profile of the big and magnificent European republics. However, despite its more modest stature and reputation, it is well known for its calm, nature, hospitability and the preserved ancient traditions kept in nearly every home. Visiting the Past Moldova’s very rich history is perhaps best reflected in its historical…

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A Taste of Fine Wine and Fresh Country near Chisinau, Moldova

  • Ashley Hiemenz
  • 4 September 2009

Set on the southeastern edge of Europe, Moldova has undeniably received very little tourist traffic compared to the rest of the continent. Ask most people where Moldova is and there’s a good chance they’ve never even heard of it. However, more and more travellers are venturing to this little-chartered destination just a bit too far…

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