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Top Places To Visit In Moldova

By |2015-11-27T09:57:28-05:00November 21st, 2015|Categories: Europe, Off The Beaten Path|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Top Places To Visit In Moldova.  After spending two days in the capital of Chisinau, I decided to explore more of Moldova on a day trip. The first part of the day was spent visiting two historic monasteries and I finished the day with a wine tasting. Curchi Monastery Lack of expectations and off-the-beaten-path occasionally result [...]

Top Sites In Chisinau

By |2015-11-20T03:39:10-05:00November 10th, 2015|Categories: Europe, Off The Beaten Path|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Top Sites In Chisinau. How do you define off-the-beaten path? I spent two days exploring the streets of Moldova’s capitol, Chisinau, and I saw zero tourists. I would define that as off-the beaten path. And that is a shame. Chisinau is an extremely pleasant and walkable European city. An added bonus, the Moldovan Leu has lost [...]

Pelisor Castle – A Must-See

By |2018-08-17T12:26:42-05:00November 5th, 2015|Categories: Europe, Must-See|Tags: , , , , , |

Pelisor Castle - A Must-See.  I was fortunate enough to be invited to Bucharest to the HipTrip Travel Film Festival. My film, Hit The Road: India, was screened to an enthusiastic and sold-out audience. To read more about the festival, check out these articles by my friends, Laurel, Eileen and Tom. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjbcXz5JFjQ In addition, to seeing [...]

Top Things To Do In Transnistria

By |2015-11-17T07:56:34-05:00October 31st, 2015|Categories: Europe, Off The Beaten Path|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Top Things To Do In Transnistria.  Transnistria is not on the tops of most people’s list in terms of tourist destinations. Paris, Rome or the Caribbean are traditionally considered first. And for those that do visit this de facto independent country, most opt to visit on a day trip from neighboring Moldova. But I will suggest [...]

Top Things To See In Tiraspol, Transnistria.

By |2015-10-30T11:46:53-05:00October 30th, 2015|Categories: Europe, Off The Beaten Path|Tags: , , , , |

Top things to see in Tiraspol, Transnistria. It has its own currency, maintains its own military, has its own flag, and even their own national anthem, yet Transnistria is not recognized by any country in the world (as defined by the 193 sovereign states recognized by the UN). But of course, there is always room for [...]

Visiting Chernobyl On Vacation

By |2016-01-15T08:48:26-05:00October 20th, 2015|Categories: Europe, Unique Experiences|Tags: , , , , |

An uncontrollable virus? A natural disaster? Zombies? There wasn’t a soul in this city. I was exploring Pripyat. It once was a vibrant city of 50,000. Today the population is zero. No one had lived here for nearly 30 years. I was standing in the heart of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. In 1986, technicians at the [...]

Transnistria: What To Know When Visiting

By |2017-04-21T14:09:57-05:00October 19th, 2015|Categories: Advice, Europe, Off The Beaten Path|Tags: , , , , |

Transnistria: What To Know When Visiting.  Transnistria is an unrecognized, de facto country. What does that mean? There are 193 countries recognized by the United Nations, but Transnistria does not make that list. Despite that fact, Transnistria maintains its own military and government. It has its own currency and you need to clear immigration to enter [...]

Protest And Revolution In Chisinau, Moldova

By |2015-10-05T03:02:55-05:00October 5th, 2015|Categories: Europe, Unique Experiences|Tags: , , , , , , |

Protest and Revolution in Chisinau, Moldova.  I have been witness to protests more than a handful of times. I have traipsed through multiple demonstrations in Bangkok, watching both Yellow and Red shirts protest against the government. I have seen Maoists protestors stream through the streets of Kathmandu. And saw the beginnings of the recent protests in [...]