Noteworthy in Chisinau, Moldova

While not a thriving tourist destination yet, there are a few places that are “must see” if you visit this city in Moldova..

The number one, and by far the most well kept, site is the Metropolitan Cathedral “Nativity of the Lord”..

Cathedra and Bell Tower

 

which is located, oddly enough, in the center of Cathedral Park… The original bell tower was demolished in the ’60’s but rebuilt in 1998..

Cathedra and Bell Tower Cathedral of Nativity-Bell Tower

 

Nativity Cathedral-Trough Park Cathedral of Nativity

 

At the main entrance to the the park sits the Arc de Triumf…

Arc De Triumf

 

The Presidential Palace, towering over the center of the city, is a short walk away…

Presidential Palace

 

The main train station is considered by many to be one of the prettier buildings in town.. The guards told us we couldn’t take picture inside..not sure why but, you know how security guards can be..

Train Station (2) Train Station

 

Like I said before, not a bad place for a weekend get-a-way…

Parks and monuments in Moldova coming soon…

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Riga, Latvia – Parks Galore

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I thought I would start stepping away from talking about a city’s landmarks.. When you search online for any city, there will be 1000 pages talking about the iconic landmarks and photos taken from every angle. Now don’t get me wrong..I love to see the landmarks..the sites that make a city famous..the churches and parliament buildings..the museums.. and I love to photograph them as well…

But I also look for places the locals hang out.. and in most cities, especially in warmer weather, that means the parks.. the green spaces..

Park Canal - Riga

 

and in Riga, that means along the canal..

Stone Bridge Over Canal - Riga

Parks like Kronvalda and Bastion Hill … sitting on benches among the flowers and fountains in front of the National Theater

Flower Garden - Riga

There are stone and wooden pedestrian bridges

Stone Pedestrian Bridge - Riga

Shady lanes and broad sidewalks

A Walk in the Woods Walk to Freedom - Riga

 

and, even, boat tours along the Riga Canal..

Canal with Boat - Riga

 

Parks and green space in Riga cover more than 30 hectares.. the fall colors were just beginning in September, and I can imagine the beauty of the changing leaves

A Walk in the Woods

So take the time to see the “Old Town” center.. experience the bars, restaurants, and all the wonderful and historic sights.. But spend a little time walking through the beautiful parks and shaded lanes too.. You will be glad you did..

Next we’ll take a little trip through the side streets and back alleys of Riga… stay tuned 🙂

Happy Travels!!

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