Commended Entry: "Moldova" by Luca Ciripitca from the UK

This article was submitted in the Kids World Travel Guide Essay Competition 2020 in the Senior Category 12-15 years.


As the plane descends, a spectacular sight comes into view. For miles in all directions, fields and vineyards stretch out between the green rolling hills. Then, as the plane lands, all the passengers burst into applause, praising the pilot’s smooth landing. You have arrived at Chisinau Airport.

As you leave the airport, you drive between two towering white buildings, each one getting taller and taller until the road passes between them. These are the Gates of the City. After passing them, you enter Chisinau – a city characterised by its wide streets, large apartment blocks, and massive green spaces and parks. Moldova. Though it may be small and have little tourism, there is lots to see, taste and do.

Moldova has a population of about 4 million people, and is located in south east Europe, sandwiched between Romania and Ukraine. The main language spoken is Romanian, however many people speak other languages too, such as English or Russian. The capital city of Moldova, Chisinau, is home to lots of beautiful parks and grand museums. The National Museum of Ethnography and Natural History was the first museum in the city, and is a great place to go if you want to learn about the natural history, background and culture of Moldova. The Museum of Art features traditional and modern paintings and artworks. All of the museums and many of the other buildings around central Chisinau have a beautiful and grand style and architecture, which I really like.

However, there is more to Moldova then just its capital city. Only 30 miles north of Chisinau, in a place called Orheiul Vechi (Old Orhei), you can experience a place of incredible natural beauty and historical essence. You can experience a more traditional side of the country by staying in a traditional Moldovan-style house or resort, eating the delicious food and drinking their wine. During the day, there are many things to see – old ruins and artefacts from ancient tribes, beautiful churches and monasteries, or even simply a walk along its massive rocky ridges. Orheiul Vechi has lots of ancient history behind it, but it also is a place of stunning natural beauty where people can go to relax.

One of my favourite things about Moldova is the food. People in Moldova are very hospitable, and they usually welcome their guests with lots of food and wine.

There is a huge variety of different foods in Moldova, and each one is unique and different from the rest. For example, there is mamaliga, which is polenta; placinte, which are a type of pastries; sarmale, which are stuffed cabbages or leaves; coltunasi, which are similar to dumplings, and many more. Much of Moldova’s food is inspired by other countries, such as Italy, Russia and the Middle East, and they all have a kind of history behind them as these are the countries that had empires in Moldova at some point – such as the Roman Empire, the Turkish Empire and the Soviet Union.

In my opinion, Moldova would be a great place to visit, especially if you’re interested in learning new things and seeing a different, unexplored part of the world. Though it has little tourism, there are still lots of things to do to get great new experiences. I think that once people have visited Moldova, seen the cities, seen the countryside, tasted the food and drank the wine, they will be very glad they came.

To many people, it will seem like a new and different land, but to me and to my family, it is home.

Thank you for the wonderful essay "Moldova", Luca. We learned a lot about your home country - and have put your beautiful country right on our bucket list! Thanks for sharing your insights with us! Well done!

Luca attends Sutton Grammar School in the UK.

Popular Pages

Moldova - Useful Resources

  • Central Intelligence Agency. "Moldova" WorldFactbook. Last accessed 9 January 2021.
  • Our Moldova country page will be added soon. Keep this page bookmarked and let us know if you want to join in and share your insider tips. Any help is much appreciated!

Competition 2020 Essays

Recent Articles

  1. German Christmas Markets | Christmas in Germany | Germany with Kids

    Dec 01, 22 07:51 AM

    These 10 Wonderful German Christmas Markets with unique family attractions and cheerful atmosphere will be fun to visit with your family

    Read More

  2. Qatar Facts for Kids | Qatar for Kids | Travel | Food | Geography

    Nov 29, 22 05:31 AM

    Interesting Qatar Facts with info on geography, country, economy, people and lifestyle

    Read More

  3. Morocco Facts for Kids | Morocco for Kids | Morocco Travel | Geography

    Nov 29, 22 04:46 AM

    Our Morocco Facts for Kids will provide fun facts and insights about Morocco, the country and people, food, animals and so much more

    Read More

  4. Nicaragua Facts for Kids | Nicaragua for Kids | Geography | Travel

    Nov 29, 22 04:21 AM

    Our Nicaragua Facts for Kids share fun info about the geography, country and people, food, economy and animals of Nicaragua

    Read More

  5. Facts about Nauru | Nauru Facts | Oceania | Geography

    Nov 25, 22 09:38 AM

    Our 25 Facts about Nauru will share fun facts about the Pacific island. Nauru is one of the smallest countries and one of the poorest countries in the world.

    Read More

  6. Namibia Geography Superlatives | Namibian Superlatives | Africa Geo

    Nov 24, 22 09:04 AM

    In our Namibia Geography Superlatives you will read about stunning Namibia superlatives and find interesting Namibian geography insights

    Read More

  7. Arctic Ocean Facts for Kids | Oceans | Geography | Northern Lights

    Nov 24, 22 03:51 AM

    Our Arctic Ocean Facts share fun and important facts about the Arctic Ocean, people, animals, sights not to miss and geography superlatives

    Read More

  8. Largest Countries | Facts for Kids | Geography for Kids | Superlative

    Nov 16, 22 11:02 AM

    Read about the 10 Largest Countries in the World with lots of Fun Geography Facts for Kids

    Read More

Go back from Moldova to Kids-World-Travel-Guide Homepage

Share this page:
Enjoy this page? Please pay it forward. Here's how...

Would you prefer to share this page with others by linking to it?

  1. Click on the HTML link code below.
  2. Copy and paste it, adding a note of your own, into your blog, a Web page, forums, a blog comment, your Facebook account, or anywhere that someone would find this page valuable.

More about Europe

More about countries in the Mediterranean

More about

Fun Facts

Continent Facts for Kids by Kids World Travel Guide
Flag Facts for Kids by Kids World Travel Guide
Ocean Facts for Kids by Kids World Travel Guide
Desert Facts - Kids World Travel Guide
Landlocked Countries - Facts for Kids - Kids World Travel Guide
Megadiverse Countries - Kids World Travel Guide Facts for Kids
Animals around the world - Kids World Travel Guide Facts for Kids

Like us

essay2022 winners