|Tour North of Vadul Rascov|
Tour au nord de Vadul Rascov
|Vadul Rascov in Moldova|
Vadul Rascov en Moldavie
Last Sunday we described the first tour, starting in Vadul Rascov, a 3 hours drive from Chisinau. The ambitious plan was to describe two tours, one North of Vadul Rascov and one South of this village. As we only came back at the car by 7 PM from the Northern route, we decided to leave the Southern Route for another day.
After a big bowl of muesli, condensed milk and hot water we were ready to go.
The tour first went through three villages. Cycling through the Moldovan villages is still not borrowing me with the bright colours of many houses and churces, animals guarding the houses, decorations fences, etcetera.
The road continued passing a village called Bursuc (“Badger”) and a forest with at least three natural springs. One spring is so strong that the ground is wet here all year long. Just before Japca village there is a field with various trolls and rocks on a hill. Leonid asked: “Shall we go up to have a nice view of Japca Convent?” After I answered: “What you want!” we steered our bicycles left to enter the field. On the top of one of the trolls there was indeed a nice view. Unfortunately it was not possible to enter the Japca convent from the backyard. Instead we took a steep decent back to the main road.
The Japca convent is an interesting place. It is one of the two monasteries which were never closed under Soviet Rule. The convent consists of a cemetery, garden and a church with bell tower, but the oldest part are the cells built in the rocks at backside of the convent. They are still in use as I saw a nun coming out of one the doors. At Japca Convent it was already 1 PM and we were not even half way this first tour, but time for a lunch break.
We continued the road along the river. A passerby made us attentive that there is a cave of a couple 100 meters long in the rocks next to us: to be explored another day. Where the road bends left, going uphill, started the way back. Now the Dniester River was on our left hand. We went a little off the road to make a picture from the edge of the hill to have a good panorama.
The road continued, passing Japca village and Salcia village to end up at a canyon. Again Leonid asked: “Shall we go left, following the creek through the canyon?” “What you want!” was my unknowing answer. So left we went. The path started as a comfortable cycling road along a small river that made a nice rippling sound. The road was comfortable until we reached some small waterfalls. Here the adventure started and I was sad that I didn’t have a machete. We had to cross the river so many times over some slippery rocks that I lost count of it. Struggling through the branches, accompanied by the sound of barking dogs while the daylight quickly faded we made our way through the canyon.
Even in the dark Leonid didn’t lose his enthusiasm and showed me an old watermill, a monument for the victims of the Second World War and the different names of the little stream we had followed.
At 19.00 clock we reached the car and at 23.00 o'clock we were back home. Yes, hard work, but cu placere!
Overall it was a varied tour, with forests, picturesque villages, fields with knolls and rocks, the interesting Japca convent, cave and canyons and beautiful scenery along the River Dniester. The fully described tour will be posted on the website of http://www.moldovaholiday.travel/
|Find the cow|
|On the boarder of Dniester River|
|Chimney or chess piece |
on top of the spring
|Japca Convent fenced from the back|
|water sources at Japca Convent|
|Rocks with a cave|
|Shooting Panaroma Dniester River|
|Waterfall in the Canyon|
|Spots in the dark on the other side |
of Dniester River