It has been a while since I posted, mainly because of some family problems, but I think that work makes me move forward day by day. New projects are coming! Promise.
My dear friend Nelson Oliva is moving to New York after he visits his home, Chile. Here is his jam at The Union right before he left. Good luck, Nelson!
Some more from the Milestii Michi winery.
During the USSR prohibition during 1985-1987 everything that had anything to do with alcohol was destroyed including Milestii Michi. However, just like in U.S. people find out ways to keep the buzz around, this is a wall on rails behind which the wine was stored.
This wine is already bought by some Chinese bourgeoisie.
In this dark, cold city underneath the ground there is a sun.
We had some wine tastings…
This talented musicians were entertaining us for a bit.
“The State Enterprise Quality Wines Industrial Complex “Milestii Mici” was founded in 1969 to store, preserve and mature high-quality wines.”
This state of art is holding approximately 2 million bottles, its territory is spread for 160 miles. It is a city with street names and houses, we literally drove thru it.
At the beginning the prisoners, from over the near regions, were brought in and manually dig this city. They used this tool right here to cut the blocks (note the lines in the ceiling in the pics bellow.)
That is not wine…
The streets are named after the type of grapes and wine.
All the decor is focused on the grape theme.
Driving from one place to another means no roads and passing villages that may surprise you. I will be posting a few part of Driving thru Moldova. There is so much I would like to write, and explain what I had a chance to see, but I will let you fill in the wholes on your own, and if you do have questions, please ask in the comments below or write to kravtsova.mariia[at]gmail.com
On the Monastery note, we were fortunate to make a stop at one of the oldest monastery in Moldova, founded in 1429, Capriana Monastery. It is located in a few kilometers from Monastery Hincu.
“The first significant reference dates from a document issued in 1429 that gave Căpriana the status of royal monastery on behalf of Alexander the Good. In this deed the holy abode was referred to as “mănăstirea de la Vâșnovăț unde este egumen Chiprian” (the monastery of Vâșnovăț where the hegumen is Chiprian) and was given in the possession of Alexander’s wife – princess Marena.
After a period of decay, the monastery was rebuilt at the behest of Petru Rareş, from 1542 to 1545.” – Wikipedia
Also, I found great information here.
Monastery Hincu was built in 1678, it is located by the riverside of Kogilnyk river, about 55 kilometers from Chishinau. During the period of 1956 – 1990 the monastery, just like all the other religion establishments in Moldova was closed. In that dark USSR era the monasteries were closed, the artwork was stolen and their territory served a non-religious purpose. Monastery Hincu’s territory was used as a base for vacations, also USSR had a program for seniors to rest and escape the urban life which this place hosted.
Let’s talk reality. Moldova is a great country, but most of the images you see online are true, they are deliberately selected to show the outside, but not the inside. So here is where I come in and say that here is a real looking story, the monastery has this beautiful outside look, it has been building for so many year, with a great amount of money donated by people and government, but when you go inside it looks like, yeah…
Seven years ago my father took my ill grandmother to this monastery, the place looks practically the same now.
Visiting monasteries is a common thing to do when you are sick or there is a life struggle. This specific monastery is well known for its healing water.