Take a day trip to the Transdniester region, a narrow strip of land bordering Ukraine where separatists have declared a disputed independence. Named for the Dniester River that separates it from Moldova proper, the region has its own anthem, flag and coat of arms. Demographically, it is home to a majority of ethnic Russians and Ukrainians, with ethnic Moldovans making up a small but significant minority. En route, visit Tiraspol, the second largest city in Moldova and the defacto capital of Transdniester, and Bendery, a medieval town technically on the Moldovan side of the river, but controlled by the Transdniester government, where the remains of a large fortress speak to the region’s turbulent history.
PUBLISHED: July 23, 2013