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Tiraspol, in Moldova`s eastern break-away republic Transnistria, is it`s own world. People have all sorts of imaginations about Tiraspol. Sovjet union, organized crime, illegal weapon production. Well, all of this is true. But what you will rather encounter are very friendly people, a lot of young people, who are eager to practice their english with you and actually a very safe atmosphere. If you imagine all the political bullshit away Tiraspol is actually a nice place. A nice place with a pathetic nightlife but still a nice place. Try kvint Cognac, which is very famous over there and keep in mind you will never get such a good cognac for such a low price. Tiraspol has its own currency (Transnistrian rubel) and they don`t accept Moldovan Leis. You can exchange Leus for Transnistrian money in Tiraspol and Transnistrian Rubels back into Leis in Tiraspol but you CAN NOT exchange Transnistrian Rubels into Moldovan Leis outside of Transnistria. Keep this in mind.
Kvint cognac factory is a must - for drink lovers, of course. For 10 or 15$, you get a 30 guided tour around various producion sites. After that, you are invited for cognac tasting session, where you are served various spirits starting with most popular 3-year aged brandy, ending with 40 year old Suvorov cognac. This accompanied with some simple (but tasty) food and, last but certainly not least, stories an anecdotes concerning different sorts of cognac.
They should be, in fact, called brandy, not cognac (not French product), but its taste justify the use of the more noble name. These were the most valued liquors in the whole of USSR.
Oh, btw, you know of course, that getting to Tiraspol is not that easy, and generally, you travel at your own risk....
Capital city of unrecognized state - Transnistria. Lot of soviet monuments, official emblem is also the same like in USSR times, almost no cars, quiet, nice. Usually ppl has some problems with police and bribes - I didn't had any bed memory in contacts with them. Great football stadion in Sherif Sport Center (football matches for free). You need curency called Rubel PMR (nov 2008 10€=106 Rubles PMR), but away bust ticket I bought using Modovian leas. City looks boring - have no idea, if there is any nightlife.
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