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Honey seller on the market in Tiraspol.
Markets of Moldova (8/9).
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April 2018
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Dried fruit in the market
Markets of Moldova (7/9).
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April 2018
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Toilet paper. Lots of it.
Markets of Moldova (6/9).
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April 2018
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Morning fruit and vegetables market in front of an abandoned cinema in Soroca.
Markets of Moldova (5/9).
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April 2018
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Cosmetics on the central market in Chisinau.
Markets of Moldova (4/9).
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April 2018
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Audio equipment on the central market in Chisinau.
Markets of Moldova (3/9).
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April 2018
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Women underwear seller. It was a bit surprising for me to see underwear to be sold like this. Maybe I’m just not used to this...
Markets of Moldova (2/9).
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April 2018
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Water taps seller.
Markets of Moldova (1/9).
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April 2018
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Soroca skyline.
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April 2018
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Geese standing in front of a mansion in Soroca.


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DAY 6: Our short trip is slowly coming to the end :( In the morning we crossed the β€œborder” to enter Moldova again, bought some wine for home, entered ChiΘ™inΔƒu through the doors of ChiΘ™inΔƒu (on the photo) and drove through the center for one last time before we continued our way towards home. At the moment we are still somewhere in the middle of Romania.
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DAY 5: Day spent in Transnistria. It is mainly known as region that separated from Moldova in the early 90s and is not recognized by any sovereign country.
I read about it, that it is like going back in time to the Soviet Union. Well, there are some resemblances, like statues of Lenin (as the one on the photo in front of the Dom Sovetov), a lot of people in military uniforms, monuments with sickle and hammer and so on. But on the other hand there also some modern things, like cafes, clubs, restaurants, modern supermarkets. To sum up, it definitely feels like a socialist/communist β€œcountry” but not so extreme as it is often described.
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DAY 4: Again a day with a lot of driving and sightseeing. We left ChişinΔƒu in the morning and our first stop was recently renovated palace from 19th century, Manuc Bei. I won’t spend many words about it, because picture can tell more. It is really beautiful and being the only visitor there makes it even more special.
After that we went to autonomous region Gagauziya’s capital Comrat and now we are enjoying wine in Mimi castle winery before we leave for Transnistria.
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DAY 3: Finally, day for visiting one of the most famous wineries in Moldova, Cricova. They have countless amounts of wine there. Good wines :) all the wine is stored underground in tunnels carved in limestone. And those tunnels have total length between 80 and 120 km (out guide told us the first number at the beginning of the tour and the second at the end, it looks like they are digging new tunnels pretty fast :) ). Anyway, the tunnels are so spread that we went there with a small bus :)
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DAY 2: It was a long day (again). We started the day in Soroca, which is famous for two things, the medieval fortress on the photo and gipsy mansions, which resemble everything possible, even Capitol. I decided to go for more conservative photo, the fortress 😊
After, it was day for monasteries along Dniester river with views on Transnistria and the most famous Moldovan monastery, Orheiul Vechi.
And finally we arrived to Chisinau in the evening. And we can drink beeeeeer 🍻
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DAY 1: Still we had to drive through whole Romania (crossing Carphatians was amazing) to reach Moldova late at night. We spent one hour at the border crossing 😳 Since we entered EU I already forgot, how is it to cross real border by car...
Onen of the few stops we made was at the Voronet monastery in Romania. But actually it was founded in 15th century by one of the most important Moldavian rulers, Stephab cel Mare (Stephan the Great) and is built in typical Moldovan style.
The whole outern sides of the church’s walls (as well as the inner ones) are covered in frescoes on the blue background (the blue color from here it also has name Voronet blue). Majority of frescoes was renovated lately but on one side one can see that they are almost gone. Totally worth seeing!!! πŸ‡·πŸ‡΄πŸ‡²πŸ‡©
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DAY 0: And finally here it is my next trip. Actually it started yesterday already, but since it was just driving, I’ll call it β€œDay 0”.
And destination, one of the least touristic (if not the least touristic) countries in Europe - Moldova. But for now, we are still in Romania with the whole day of driving ahead of us.


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πŸ‡±πŸ‡Ί L u x e m b o u r g πŸ‡±πŸ‡Ί
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June 2015


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πŸ‡±πŸ‡Ί L u x e m b o u r g πŸ‡±πŸ‡Ί
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June 2015


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πŸ‡±πŸ‡Ί L u x e m b o u r g πŸ‡±πŸ‡Ί
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June 2015


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πŸ‡±πŸ‡Ί L u x e m b o u r g πŸ‡±πŸ‡Ί (June 2015)
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One of Luxembourg’s most picturesque castles, Vianden.


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Apart from nice hikes, there are also some pretty amazing castles to be seen. And you guessed correct, you can hike to them 😁


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πŸ‡±πŸ‡Ί L u x e m b o u r g πŸ‡±πŸ‡Ί
Can’t imagine it has been three years already since I visited Luxembourg 😳

While it is a really small country, you would expect that there is not much to see. But this is not true! There are many picturesque castles and some beautiful hikes. One of them is in Mullerthal region, called also Luxembourg’s Little Switzerland. And there you come across this beautiful waterfall ☺️ definitely worth the hike!
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When hiking in the mountains it is not always all about the beautiful panorama on the top. Sometimes details are even more amazing.
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Velika planina today. There was no sun but stormy sky makes it for the atmosphere.


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Only two weeks ago it was still winter ❄️


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A small chapel on Rakitna.


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Island at half-frozen lake Bled.


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Church of St. John the Baptist at the Lake Bohinj.
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If you do visit Bled, don’t forget on Bohinj, it’s 20 min ride away. Maybe it lacks the island but the mountains surrounding it, make it up for this.
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Still can’t imagine it, but I was here completely alone, despite the fact that it was weekend and great weather. It’s worth waking up early 😎
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Church on a fairytale island on Lake Bled.


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Another one from yesterday, lake Bled aka natural mirror 😊


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As a Slovenian I always considered lake Bled as an overrated touristic spot and preferred lake Bohinj instead. Maybe also because I was there usually in summer when it is overcrowded with tourists.
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But today, I changed my mind. I was there before sunrise and had the whole panoramic viewpoint on Mala Osojnica just for myself. To get there I was leaving first footprints in fresh snow and on the way back they were still the only visible ones.
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Bled is truly a gem, but go there when there are no crowds around :)


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One of my all-time favorites from Venice. Venice carnival 2011 🎭


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Another typical Venice photo, Canal Grande.


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I know it is not nice to look on someone else’s phone behind their back but I had a good idea for a photo. Though I still need practice for realization... πŸ˜’


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Venice carnival 2018 🎭


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Typical Venice skyline with Doge palace and campanile.


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Cats relaxing in the sun 😸


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Also the Evil Queen made it to the Venice Carnival. πŸ˜ˆπŸ§™πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸŽ­


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Venice Carnival 2018 🎭


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Venice Carnival 2018 🎭


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Ship graveyard in the ex-Aral sea. The water in the background is (unfortunately) not Aral sea but artificial lake near Moynaq, where locals can still catch some fish. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Ώ


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Boat graveyard in Moynaq. Decades ago this was the shore of Aral sea. Those rusty ships serve now as a sad memory of one of the biggest human made ecological disasters. Ships were brought here from all around and are now on display for few tourists that make it here. The rest were dismantled for scrap metal so that people got at least something from them when the fishing industry died out. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Ώ


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One of the signs indicating Moynaq was once a coastal town. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Ώ


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Market at the bus station in Moynaq.
I don't believe I have ever been in a sadder town than Moynaq. Once thriving city on the shore of Aral sea. Sea is now hundred kilometers away but the town remained. Once an important town for fish industry is now a town without anything. Luckily there is still a small lake nearby where people catch fish for their daily use.
Since it is difficult to reach Moynaq, I went there by taxi from Nukus and my driver used this opportunity to buy fresh fish here for his family 😊 I would say he benefited in many ways from this trip, he earned money and also got fresh fish 😊
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Gur-e-Amir, tomb of Amir Temur. Picture tells more than thousand words. Simply magnificent. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Ώ


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It's all about symmetry, even trees. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Ώ


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If I could go back now, I wouldn't hesitate for one second. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Ώ
(Oct. 2017)


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This photo was taken on the way from Khiva to Bukhara. I was traveling with a shared taxi, on the middle sit at the back (small advice: never agree for that sit, during a long travel it becomes really uncomfortable 😣) and we stopped here for a lunch break and to stretch our legs 😁

This place was literally in the middle of the dessert, with few buildings on each side of the road, surrounded by sand and nothing else.
The car in front was also a shared taxi and the lady in the front could not get out of the car, because the door somehow jammed and they couldn't open in it from any side. Tells something about the condition of the cars :) and driving safety is on a similar level...
One more thing, who would imagine where old buses from Europe can end here, the bus has written "Val Anjou Voyages" on the side πŸ˜πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Ώ


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Like in a mirror.


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Lake Bled. πŸ’š


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Mir-i-Arab madrasah.


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Renovation of Sher-Dor Madrasah, Samarkand (2/2): ...but they are actually replacing them with tiles that look like brick wall.
I'm pretty sure that this is not how it was originally done, but I hope that this simplified restoration will be able to last for a long time. At least it somehow looks like original...


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Renovation of Sher-Dor Madrasah, Samarkand (1/2): From distance it looks like the bricks were taken out to be replaced by new ones...


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I got impression that every town in Uzbekistan has its own #ferrywheel 🎑
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Mir-i-Arab Madrasa. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Ώ


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Water tower in Bukhara πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Ώ
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Again Mir-i-Arab madrasa, this time from above. I just cannot help myself but I think I felt in love with this building ☺️ One of my biggest wishes of this year's trip to Uzbekistan was to climb up the Kalyan minaret to see Bukhara and specially Mir-i-Arab madrasa during the sunset. But I didn't know it is now closed for tourists πŸ˜” I hope they will open it again!
So all I have is this photo from my first visit to Uzbekistan nine years ago. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Ώ
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Detail from Mir-i-Arab madrasa, Bukhara πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Ώ


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Po-i-Kalyan from behind, Bukhara. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Ώ


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Miniature painter at work in front of his souvenir shop in Bukhara. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Ώ


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And on the other side of Mir-i-Arab madrasa is Po-i-Kalyan complex with and the iconic minaret. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Ώ
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Mir-i-Arab Madrasah in Bukhara is not only one of the few still active madrasas in Uzbekistan but is also one of the most beautiful ones. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Ώ


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Tashkent metro. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΏπŸš‡


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Drinks vendor in front of the main building of Chorsu bazaar, Tashkent.


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DAY 15: My travel through Uzbekistan was coming to the end :( I went from Samarkand to Tashkent and used the last hours to visit the Chorsu bazar once again and to buy some dried food for home. It's so delicious and affordable :)
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DAY 14: Samarkand, the most touristic city and one of the biggest cities in Uzbekistan. Yet, when you walk 500 meters away from the touristic sites you come to this kind of views.
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DAY 13: Gur-e-Amir, mausoleum of Amir Temur.
Let me tell you another legend here. The inscription inside says that much worser enemy than Tamerlane will come to the one who disturbs his rest. And in 1740, king Nader Shah of the Afsharid Empire tried to carry away Tamerlane's sarcophagus. Nader idolized Timur but in the process of removal the sarcophagus broke in two. This was interpreted as a bad omen. His advisers urged him to leave the stone to its rightful place. Also his son became ill and only got cured when the stone was returned.
Tamerlane's tomb was again opened in 1941 and the next day Germany invaded Soviet Union. Also it is rumoured that Soviet Union won a victory in the Battle of Stalingrad owing to the re-burial of Timur's bones, according to Muslim rites in 1942.
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DAY 12: Bibi-Khanym Mosque in Samarkand. It's huge. So huge that it doesn't fit nicely in a photo.
But let me tell you a legend about it. Bibi-Khanym was Amir Temur's favourite wife and she wanted that the mosque is finished before he returns from a war. In exchange the architect demanded that he can kiss her on the cheek. Eventually she allowed it, but the kiss remained burned on her cheek.
The mosque was finished befor Amir Temur returned home, but when he realized at what price, he wanted to kill the architect. He chased him all the way up to the minaret from where the architect jumped and flew away.
But the story doesn't end here. There is another legend, which says that Forbidden Palace in Beijing was built by an architect who came from the sky...
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