Born out of the collapse of the Soviet Union, Moldova is one of the least visited countries in Europe.
The post Soviet atmosphere has almost dried out in Chisinau but it is still noticeable. The capital does not have many highlights so a few days is enough. Buy your food at the central market, stroll in the parcs or on Stefan Cel Mare boulevard, and have a drink at one of the numerous terraces. A cool thing to do is sneak into Circ, an abandoned Soviet Union era circus which gives an eerie glimpse into Communist era entertainment.
Transnistria is a "breakaway republic" that officially is part of Moldova, but unilaterally declared itself an independent state, with Tiraspol as its capital. Transnistria has its own currency, flag and stamps that are useless outside the province. Going to Tiraspol is like going back in time to the Communist era. It's one huge open-air museum of Soviet rule, complete with Lenin statues, Russian troops on the roads and an intelligence agency still called the KGB. The propaganda department is very active, with countless billboards celebrating patriotism and past Russian triumphs.