The sun is knocking on our windows inspiring us to go for a walk. We took a Polaroid and had only 10 shots to document our trip to 3 lakes at Sculeanca.
Without tons of words, because I am lazy today, take a look and feel inspired to search time to escape into nature.
Take a bus to an old town with a small number of citizens and you have the opportunity to discover it in some hours. It took me just ~ 10 000 steps for this mini trip.
I saw in Calarasi some parks with monuments. Overall, something usual, like in all towns. There were historical buildings, a church, stadium and of course, monuments.
Stadium of Calarasi
Monument of Steven the Great
But if to take a look closer at the nature, you will manage to find astonishing things. In order to find the gifts of nature, I had to turn myself into an insect. This is what I did in a park of Calarasi.
So, I walked on the grass near trees and caught beautiful macros of nature. But be aware of dirt and 💩. I literally stepped on poop when I was focused on photographing green moss in macro. What to say, sacrifice in the name of beauty!
By the way, do not forget to hang your ”mărțișor” on a tree at the end of this month and make a wish! If you do not know about this tradition, go to my previous post about 1 March - people are mad about Mărțișor.
It seems someone from Calarasi wished a Mercedes too early!
It seemed nothing unusual until I looked at things from another angle and a bit closer with help of my camera and huge lens! My advice is never get fooled and take only the essence of things, even while you are traveling.
P.S. Squirells welcome tourists in Calarasi town. So, take some nuts and enjoy the fluffy atmosphere!
As my first adventure in Hancesti was accomplished, I fought with myself not to stay in bed on a sunny day of January, yes, it was warm enough in January, and start my second mini trip to Capriana.
It is situated not so far from Chisinau, capital of Moldova. So, I took my husband, Costea, and our friend, Sasha, and like cowboys under sunshine went to discover little beauties of Moldova. But this was after the moment when Sasha waited us at Rock'n'Roll Cafe more than one hour, because we are lazy asses if it comes to waking up, especially me!
Anyway, the trip begun. In 30-40 minutes we arrived in Capriana and took off our guns (by guns I mean cameras) and started shooting people, places, buildings and nature.
What to do here?
1. Look at people and their customs on holidays
As it was 7th January, on this day, most of moldavian people celebrates Christmas in old style. What to do, we have two Christmas! I caught little kids that were singing carols and getting sweets and money as a reward. There were also a group of women dressed in national clothes and singing all way Christmas songs. Their happy spirit made me smile :)
2. Visit Capriana Monastery
This is the only one sightseeing in Capriana, but it has more things to show you. Once you approach the monastery, a small park in front of it is placed with an artificial lake and pavement. Here you can walk in peace and enjoy the playful reflections of church on water.
It is a monastery complex that consists out of three churches: Assumption of the Virgin Mary, St. Nicholas, St. George. More than that, Metropolitan G. Banulescu-Bodoni is buried here. We waited for it almost one hour and finally bought two icons of him for our relatives.
3. Chasing cats =^ . ^=
Yes, inside the Capriana Monastery there is a Heaven for Cats. There were everywhere, some were laying on the pavement enjoying the sun, some were playing in the grass, some were chasing us for food. Especially, Sasha, he was in love with them and charmed by their purr!
One more idea is to make a photoshoot inside Capriana monastery complex, as it's a calm place with a nice yard and old architectural buildings. If you are curious, check out my photoshoot at Capriana!
I challenged myself to visit various cities and countrysides in my native country.
My first destination was Hancesti.
According to Wikipedia, it is situated on the Cogilnic River, 33 km southwest of the Moldovan capital, Chisinau. From my point of view, it took just 40 minutes by bus from the capital.
So, what can be interesting in a simple city with simple people?
Let me show you:
Even if it was December, Christmas mood, fairs, Hancesti proved me that there is a place where you can stand and enjoy the desert winter in a gray but calm atmosphere. Obviously, there were less people in comparison with big cities.
They do not have public transport, except the bus from Chisinau to Hancesti and back. Why? It is so small and on foot you can reach every destination you need. Some owns cars, but the old tend to go biking.
Now I am ashamed I still don't have guts to ride a bike!
3. City sights
The fist sight that caught my attention is the monument of Grigorii Ivanovici Kotovski. It is placed on top of the hill. You can see it below or walk up the stairs to catch the panorama of Hancesti city, it is really nice.
The second sightseeing is the Manuc Bei's Mansion. He was an Armenian merchant and diplomat who was spending free time and chilling with his fellows in his mension, smoking hookah and playing chess. There is also a lighted passageway in the basement that caught my attention.
Check more shots if you are curious how Hincesti really looks like. If you visited Hancesti, share with us your impression in comments below.
P.S. Whenever you are from, you shall know that the size of city does not matter, it matters what you search for!
Have you ever wondered what destination is the best for your honeymoon?
My dear fresh husband and I thought it would be an awesome idea to enjoy the freedom. The best option was to go into the wild. You know, sometimes you are fed up even with either expensive or low cost trips in Turkey or whatever country, spend money on guides rather than speaking with natives and enjoying the real life of a particular country.
Choosing the destination
We bought the map of our country - Moldova and picked a random place where are forest and river for fishing. So, we stopped at Cosernita. It is a village in Criuleni District. It is a perfect place as there is also a river passing by - Nistru.
What to take for outdoor trip?
Take the basic stuff:
The trip outside the city will strengthen your fresh relationship as a married couple.
Firstly, you have to cook together out of nothing. Your partner will be a true man for you, he will protect you during walking into the forest, take your hand from not falling in mud, make the fire.
Secondly, you will show him your best in cooking sausages and paprika on sticks made by you from branches. Moreover, you will learn something new, such as fishing, if your husband is a pro!
Only imagine, you are alone on the river bank, fishing together in the dark and drinking Jägermeister to warm your bodies.
It is not for everyone, but it is worth for those who want try something new and enjoy the nature.
NOTE: Spontaneous trips are the best ones!
Here are some photos taken in the wild from our honeymoon trip:
Are you interested in having such a leisure time, then contact us for more details!
Visitors around the world come to admire the beauty of Estonia's capital - Tallinn. Here you can enjoy the mix between the new and the old. It is a unique city that has kept the ruins of the Middle Ages and also the Industrial Age. The old factories were rebuilt into apartments, B&Bs or even offices and they were kept as architectural monuments.
The coast of Tallinn tempts you with its landscape and beaches. The most pleasant season is of course summer. The Baltic Sea and Estonia's weather is a perfect combination for a romantic leisure time. But if you are interested in museums, read more for 30+ Attractions That Prove Tallinn Is The Most Stunning City
Tip: Enjoy your breakfast ”to go” on the seaside, even on the sea port. And do not forget to dip your legs in the cold water of Baltic Sea!
Moreover, Tallinn can surprise you with its picturesque panorama all year long. People from here are curious, open minded and they are constantly moving. If you climb the fortress, you can see the city's panorama from height. Also, there are a lot of brewpubs where you can try their exclusive beer, taste ham hock and pig's ears prepared in their kitchen. Do not hesitate to relish a heap of Belgian beer and Ale. Tastes and emotions!
Enjoy some touristic sights that show Tallinn's soul:
If you do not like Estonia's weather, then wait 5 minutes!