500,000 bottles of sparkling wine mature in this section of the underground cellars at Cricova Winery just north of Chisinau, Moldova. Photo taken December 3, 2016.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Chisinau, Republic of Moldova.

Where are they going next? Transnistria. The country that doesn't exist!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Another birthday, another country...

Happy 55th to my beautiful wife Ruth today as we once again celebrate her birthday in a new country. Last year we were in Colombia. We don't expect this trend to end anytime soon, so I wonder where we'll be for next year's birthday?!

We learned a couple of years ago that birthdays are not going to be travel days. Birthdays are relax days. Plus, it's raining today and we've pretty much exhausted the immediate area of things to see and do.

We are, however, going out for dinner!

And then, we've got a big travel day on Monday, but we'll tell you all about it in tomorrow's blog post.

Yesterday was kind of uneventful. It was, however, a beautiful day. Looks like the last one for a while, so we wanted to be outside. We were looking for a decent hiking trail but couldn't find anything in the area.

We drove to a nearby lake, figuring maybe there would be a trail around the lake or something.

Lake Cincis.

The lake was created by a dam built between 1962 and 1964 to supply water to the nearby steel mills. The village of Cincis, that had existed since 1360 was relocated to a nearby hill, and the remains were swallowed by the water.

This old abandoned church is sometimes partly underwater when the lake is high.

We saw a trail marked on the maps.me program, and found a parking spot nearby. We walked the trail, but it seemed to go forever through this valley, with nothing much to see. It might be a logging road of some kind, and vehicles had been on it recently, but we didn't see any. No other people around either.

Plus, it was muddy. We went for a couple of kilometers and then turned around.

This picture makes it look worse than it really was.

Not one of our better hikes!

We went back to the car and took another paved mountain road up to a small village. We parked where the pavement stopped, and went for a walk.

Glad we didn't drive any further!

We stopped and had lunch at the top of the hill, but still couldn't get a worthwhile view. Walked back down to the car for plan C.

We had seen the ruins of another church in the bush on the opposite side of the lake, and figured there must be a path leading to it. Well there sort of was, but it was very overgrown and lots of trash strewn about.

We made it though.

Not easy getting through the bush.

Well, between the three walks we probably got 10 kms (6 miles) in. Not great, but at least we got some exercise.

Still raining as I write this, but we're due for a day of rest. Looks like a good day for an afternoon nap!

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44 comments:

  1. Happy birthday Ruth. Have a great day relaxing. I'm enjoying hearing about your Romanian adventure.

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    1. Thank you for the birthday wishes Evelyn. I had a lovely day relaxing and then a nice dinner out.

      Glad you are enjoying our Romanian adventure. We are having a blast here.

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  2. Happy Birthday Ruth enjoy a wonderful relaxing day.

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    1. Thank you George! I did enjoy my day. :-)

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  3. Happy Birthday Ruth! Have a fabulous day celebrating your way!!

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    1. Thank you Connie and Barry. I had a great day and no regrets. :-)

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  4. Happy Birthday Ruth! Enjoy your day and another year of being 29.

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    1. Thank you Peter! Had a wonderful day and I am sure it will be another great year ahead.

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  5. Happy Birthday to Ruth, and wishing you many more.

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    1. Thank you Bob. I am looking forward to many more too! :-)

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  6. Happy Birthday Ruth. Every girls dream is to go to an exotic place for their Birthday so I guess you are living the dream.

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    1. Thank you Lorne! I certainly am living the dream and loving every minute of it.

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  7. Happy Birthday, sounds like a fun day. Cheers, Shelagh

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    1. Thank you Shelagh, it was actually very quiet day but I loved it all the same. :-)

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  8. Happy birthday Ruth. Enjoy your relaxing day.

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    1. Thank you to you both. I loved my relaxing day.

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  9. Happy 55th Ruth enjoy your special day and dinner tonight! Looking forward to your next post!

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    1. Thank you Brigitte! I had a wonderful quiet day and a delicious dinner out. You will hear all about the dinner in our next post. :-)

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  10. I hope you have a great birthday Ruth! Make sure to try some local wine tonight!

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    1. Thank you Cheapchick! I had a great birthday with some nice local wine.

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  11. A very happy birthday to you dear Ruth. It isn't the mud that counts...it is the journey.

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    1. Thank you Paul and Marsha! You are so right, it's the journey that counts. :-)

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  12. What a great way to celebrate birthdays! Happy Birthday Ruth! And many more in many more countries. :c)

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    1. Thank you Paul and Marti! I am curious as to where we will be this time next year.

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    1. Thank you so very much for the birthday wishes.

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  14. Happy birthday, Ruth! Wishing you many happy returns and amazing travel adventures ahead!

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  15. Happy birthday Ruth, each day I read your blog I get that more jealous and wishing we were younger. No use wishing your life away just travel along with Kevin &Ruth.

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  16. Hello from Toronto and happy birthday, Ruth!

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  17. Love the photo of the castle lit up at night.
    Hope all your birthday wishes come true and wishes for a wonderful year ahead!

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    1. Thank you Lori!

      Have to agree with you, the castle looks lovely lit up at night and Kevin did a great job capturing it.

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  18. Happy Birthday Ruth! The castle photo is awesome. Did you take enough clothing for the variety of weather that you have encountered? Connie and Chris

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    1. Thank you Connie and Chris! Kevin did a great job capturing that photo.

      Yes, we are doing fine with the clothes that we brought. Think we have pretty much worn everything we brought except for my swimsuit and I could have used that at our last stop as they had a heated swimming pool that was more or less indoors, but I didn't feel like going in. The weather over all hasn't been really bad other than one day when we had a big snowstorm on our way from Brasov to Sibiu.

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  19. Happy Birthday to Ruth! What a wonderful way and fascinating country to spend your birthday in.

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    1. Thank you Ellen. It is an interesting country and we are enjoying every bit of it. :-)

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  20. Happy belated birthday, Ruth! We're the same age now. :-) Glad you had a good day!

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    1. Thank you Emily! Seems like a good age to me. ;-)

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