Sandwiched between Ukraine and Romania, Moldova is a small landlocked country in eastern Europe. It became an independent republic in 1991 after the collapse of the Soviet Union and is still experiencing some growing pains. The capital city is Chisinau with Romanian being the primary language spoken throughout the country. Food production and processing are the main industries and the country is rich in mineral resources. No matter what you may have read there are many places to visit in this small country - historical archaeological sites, monasteries, the Ottoman fortress at Bendery, and many fine museums. But where Moldova excels is in its vineyards and wine production. With more flights to Moldova becoming available and the introduction to the world of some exceptional wines, Moldova will soon no longer be the least visited country in Europe.


Wherever we go, we always have a beaten up guidebook, local phrasebook, and weatherproof map in our backpacks.