In May of 2017 I ventured into Moldova for the first time.   We saw a respectable sample of the country, but we did not venture over the border into Transnistria.  We entered Moldova near Cahul and worked our way north to Bălți visiting a total of seventeen sites along the way. 

I had no particular reason to expect interesting tombstone artwork, and indeed in general the stones displayed unremarkable decorative work.  I did have modest hopes of finding some intriguing carving in the Jewish cemetery in Chișinău, and there may have been some there; however, my access to much of the cemetery was limited by downed debris left from a spring storm a few months prior. 

Without doubt the most interesting location was Vadul Rașcov.  There the cemetery slopes down from higher ground to the bank of the Dniester River with part of the city and mountains in the background.  We found horses, cows, and goats grazing in and around the cemetery.  It was a very tranquil and restful setting for a cemetery.

For the most part the cemeteries that we visited were in relatively good condition.  There was an abundance of green and growing springtime vegetation, but it appeared that the most serious danger to the locations was that of slow decay and neglect.