Last week we loaded our bikes on the car and headed to the resort area of Vadul lui Voda, “the place to be” in soviet summertime according to the online guide of Explore Moldova.
The signs for the resort area, ‘zona de odihna’, point to the left of the main road just before reaching the town of Vadul lui Voda, half an hour drive to the east of Chisinau. There we started biking along the Dniestr river, eyeing Transnistria on the other side.
We passed some playgrounds, a few cafés and restaurants, who were playing music and grilling meat in the warm spring air. The wide beach was still empty – we looked at the water wondering if people swim here in summer, but a quick Instagram search for #VadulLuiVoda proves that indeed they do!
Then we passed by a series of wooden houses and colourful residential complexes named after big companies or public institutions. Apparently they offer vacation opportunities to staff and their families in good sovietic tradition.
We continued biking just a little while, out of the forest and up to the town of Balabanesti – and then followed the river back. The sights were magnificent along the Dniestr and over the hills and we stopped to chat with some locals enjoying the view from the benches along the river, in our usual mix of Romanian and Russian.
Once back in the resort area, we certainly enjoyed our frigarui (grilled skewers) at one of the restaurants in front of the beach, while the children played.
It was a great excursion for a spring day – I wonder how crowded this gets in summer!