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Wine with friends in Moldova, October 4-16, 2006

Meeting a monk in Orheiul Vechi

Pages: 1 - Chisinau | 2 - Orheiul Vechi | 3 - Anenii Noi

Orheiul Vechi was one of the most spectacular places where I've ever been. It's an almost thousand years old cave monastery about 60 km north from Chisinau. The monastery itself was interesting but the real treat was the location. The pictures below show it better than any words.

I went to Orheiul Vechi together with erte, a Lithuanian guy whom I had met in Chisinau. We spent the first night camping by the river, and on the second day asked the monk in the cave church if we could stay in the monastery. He welcomed us there and we had an unforgettable evening first cooking dinner outside on the stone terrace in moonlight, and after that listening to the monk's apocalyptic visions of the future inside the church. We slept on the church floor and woke up to the chants and prayers of the morning ceremony.

On the way to Orhei by Serj's bike.
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Strange vehicle by the roadside.
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We got a dog for the weekend: Sejo.
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The morning revealed where we had set up the tent in the darkness.
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A view over the whole site: natural design!
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Erte behind the spiky bushes.
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Side view of the monastery.
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Monks' living quarters hundreds of years ago.
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Meditating on the pier.
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Ancient writing, before the cyrillic alphabet.
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Bicycles in Butuceni village.
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The sun and the moon protecting a well.
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A village house from where we bought wine.
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Decoration in yet another house.
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Chatting with the monk on the monastery terrace.
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Cooking in candlelight — with special candles.
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A view from the sleeping bag in the morning.
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A shepherd walking along the river.
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Higher up on the plateau.
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Awesome scenery.
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Goats having fun.
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Another village on the way back home.
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Buying wine in Ivancea.
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Gifts for our host back in Chisinau.
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Pages: 1 - Chisinau | 2 - Orheiul Vechi | 3 - Anenii Noi

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