Inviting Ivancea

Green gate and red fence in Ivancea

On the way back to Chisinau, our driver, Boris, stops by his house and invites us in. We’re about 15 km from the cave monastery at Orheiul Vechi in a little village called Ivancea, populated by Ukrainians since medieval times. Ukrainian, rather than Moldovan, is the local language.

Life in the countryside Chicken coop

The house is cosy. Outdoors, fruit and vegetables abound. Behind a fence, chickens roam about, safe from nightly predators.

Ivancea: cherries and strawberries

When two birds start fighting in the top of a tree, Boris gets out his gun. We’re Scandinavian and never see guns, so we’re a bit apprehensive. But Boris assures us he’ll not shoot the birds, just fire warning shots to scare them off. And so he does. Has to protect his fruit, of course. Next, he climbs up a ladder and picks heaps of sweet, delicious cherries for us.

Cherry trees

Katya, his wife, puts on a big bowl of equally delicious strawberries, way too much for us to eat. No problem, though – the remaining berries are put in a bag for us to take along to Chisinau and enjoy later.

Enjoying cherries in Ivancea

Ambling about the countryside, lazing in the sun, munching berries, smelling the flowers…. Ivancea would make a nice, relaxing little overnight- or weekend stay.

On the way back to Chisinau, our driver, Boris, stops by his house and invites us in. We’re about 15 km from Orheiul Vechi in a little village called Ivancea, populated by Ukrainians since medieval times. Ukrainian, rather than Moldovan, is the local language.

The house is cosy. Outdoors, fruit and vegetables abound. Behind a fence, chickens roam about, safe from nightly predators.

When two birds start fighting in the top of a tree, Boris gets out his gun. We’re Scandinavian and never see guns, so we’re a bit apprehensive. But Boris assures us he’ll not shoot the birds, just fire warning shots to scare them off. So he does. Have to protect his cherries. Next, he climbs up a ladder and picks heaps of sweet, delicious cherries for us.


His wife brings us a big bowl of equally delicious strawberries, way too much for us to eat. No problem, though – the remaining berries are put in a bag for us to take along to Chisinau and enjoy later.


Walking around the countryside, lazing in the sun, munching berries, smelling the flowers…. this would make a nice, relaxing little overnight- or weekend stay.

2 Responses to “Inviting Ivancea”

  1. waegooktom 3 August 2012 0700 #

    Any chance you could bring some of those cherries to me here in Korea? They’re monstrously expensive here :(
    waegooktom recently posted..5 Reasons Not To Go To North Korea

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 3 August 2012 1509 #

      Interesting. Wonder why…

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