The highlight of the trip was the visit to Vadul Raşcov. I had seen photos of the setting, complete with a horse grazing languidly by the Dniester river.  I wanted to see if that photo corresponded to reality.  We approached on foot coming down a hill toward the Dniester.  And, just as I had seen in photos, the horses were grazing near the river and were joined by cows and goats farther up the hill.  The setting was magnificent with the stones flowing down from the higher ground toward the river and with the hills in the background across the river.

While the setting may have been impressive, most of the individual stones were not particularly so.  They may have been decorated at one time, but most of them are now badly weathered and many are illegible.  I did see some boots that featured a supporting piece to hold the vertical and horizontal pieces together.  There were a handful of decorated stones and a like number of colored stones.  I saw red, gold, and blue ones.

We stayed at Vadul Raşcov about two hours, and as we were loading up at the car to leave, a tour group of 57 Moldovan high school students arrived.  We interacted with their guide for about ten minutes, but no one claimed to know any English.  Initially the group spotted my cowboy hat, and stopped to ask if I was a foreigner.  While I was ecstatic about the opportunity to wander around in the cemetery, the day was getting uncomfortably warm, and I was curious about what the students would take away from their visit there.