In Moldova Christmas is celebrated not so much the 25th of December, but mostly on the night from 6th to 7th of January, because in Moldova they mostly apply the Gregorian calendar.
In some parts however, like in Slobozia Mare Christmas is celebrated the 25th. So the administration of Prutul de Jos that we wanted to visit was unfortunately closed.
Last time we went to Prutul de Jos it was already dark and it was covered in fog. Fortunately the 25th the weather was clear and there was still snow. A real white Christmas.
This walk again was to assist Explore Moldova in describing routes for the Moldova Holiday website.
Before walking in Prutul de Jos we walked another part of the Trajan Wall. It was indicated on a detailed topographic map as such. We first went again to the Frunzari hill, also known as "Kurgan" (which is Russian for manmade hill for e.g. defense, cult or burial purpose). The small hillson this ridge, in front of Frunzari hill that we thought could be part of the defense system were in fact part of the irrigation system. Also, some hills on top of this and other ridges seem to be created to prevent erosion, because down from them there are signs of erosion.
Still the Frunzari hill, could well be part of the Roman defense system, known as Trajan Wall as this line marked the frontier of the Roman Empire. A portion of Moldova's southern territory, about 5500 square kilometers in surface comprised between the lower course of the Prut River and the Dniester River estuary, was organized as an extension of the Roman province of Moesia Inferior and served as an eastern outpost of ancient Dacia. This was designed by Rome to secure the empire's strategic control over the mouths of the Danube and the western shores of the Black Sea.(http://www.moldova.org/page/history-2-eng.html) The frontier was composed of a road following the border, military stronghold, a three meter vallum, 10-12 meters wide, reinforced with wooden palisades and a ditch. Some other sources call it Limes Transalutanus. This construction was started in 107 under the command of Marcius Turbo, and developed under Iulius Severus (120-126); the final stage was performed under Septimus Severus (193-211 d.C.). (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limes_Transalutanus) Later this fortification line was re-used by the of of the Thervings Athanaric, therefore named Athanaric's Wall. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athanaric%27s_Wall) For more recordings of scientific discoveries see an article by Dorel Bondoc in the Romanian Journal of Archeology, 2000. Also see: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Roman_Dacia.svg
|The Roman Empire and its Walls|
|Remainings of the Wall (left the rampart and the ditch at the rigth)|
Prutul de Jos uncovered
I already passed Prutul de Jos for three times and it was always covered in fog or it was dark already. Today it wasn’t. It was a sunny day and there was still some snow…
|Prutul de Jos uncovered|
We parked the car along the main road in Slobozia Mare and went right following the direction of the Prutul de Jos administration. Depending on the time of the year and the water level there are different options for a walk. You can check at the administration for more information. They also have some information available in English.
Starting from the railway crossing we walked on a kind of peer within the lake. After 2.5 kms we reached a river. Here we turned left. Along the road we saw different birds and traces of wild boar and other animals. We also passed a land marking with the colors of the Romanian and Moldovan flag. It is not clear which one of them as these flags have the same color. We continued walking along the river, which curved to the left, joining the river Prut. We continued walking until a point where the river bends right. As the water was frozen we could follow the river (crossing another small river). Here we saw again a landmark in the same colors. Taking the left, following the railway we went back to the start point….
Prutul de Jos is an area full of outdoor opportunities: walking or canoeing through it, cycling around it, crossing riveres with robes, etcetera. Next day we talked to the director of Prutul de Jos in Chisinau and he was interested in organzing tourist activties. As it is a protected area all activities need to be coordinated with the scientific institute. However, it is already accessible for individual tourists when asking permission at the administration and by paying an entrance fee. So what's holding you back to go there?
Dans certaines régions, cependant, comme à Slobozia Mare, Noël est célébré le 25. Ainsi, l'administration de Prutul de Jos que nous voulions visiter était malheureusement fermée.
La dernière fois que nous sommes allés à Prutul de Jos, il faisait déjà nuit et il y avait beaucoup de brouillard. Heureusement, le 25, le temps était clair avec beaucoup de neige. Un vrai Noël blanc.