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    • Day 108

      KaraGani Winery

      October 23, 2022 in Moldova ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      I had been talking to the owners of KaraGani Winery for about a week via WhatsApp, and we had booked to come here for a tour of the winery, and a wine tasting lunch at 1pm.

      When we arrived, we couldn't find anyone, just cats everywhere lazing about in the sun in silence...

      We knocked on various doors and waited around, eventually we found a door that was open with a table laid for 2 people we assumed must be us 🤣 so we waited some more and then the friendliest man ever appeared. He didn't speak a word of English which was surprising after the WhatsApp conversation... But he was just the most jolly, positive man we've ever met 😆

      His wife spoke no English either so we weren't exactly sure what to do. We'd come expecting a tour followed by lunch but we were signalled to sit down so we did. Occasionally the lady came over and spoke into her phone in Romanian for it to translate to us...

      "what are you having for lunch?" she asked us 🤔😆 which amused us greatly, we of course didn't know, we asked for a menu, there was none 😆 I said "anything!" (we later half suspected she thought I meant everything 🤣)
      Well they kept coming and pouring us new wines, and bringing more and more food 😆 we made peace with the fact we were never going to get a tour because we simply couldn't communicate at all. We didn't mind, the food was all incredible, the place itself was lovely,relaxed and comfortable but just fancy enough to feel special, and the wines were great so we felt like we had had a fantastic Moldovan experience regardless of the fact it was different to what we'd planned...
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    • Day 108

      Winery Tour & Museum

      October 23, 2022 in Moldova ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      ...then in came a family of 6. Lennon had just began to get quite shouty and climby, a little tired and a little bored. This family we had seen be taken on the tour we'd expected to go on, and on their way into the restaurant one of the girls came over and laughed and said "if you need anything, you can ask me I speak English"

      The winery owner had told her obviously that we couldn't understand and joked about her translating, the rest of her family didn't speak English but she was super friendly and we found out they lived close by but had never been to the winery before. Despite being full and expecting to leave soon, they kept bringing us more food and wines and the Moldovan girl at the next table would jump up and explain what it was to us each time 🤣

      We asked her to ask the owner, if we could possibly go to look round the winery anyway even if we didn't get the explanation, she did, he said yes and she then insisted on coming with us to translate 🤣 leaving her family meal and she was so lovely and chatty we all ended up having a good laugh. At the end Lennon was sooo tired he was trying to cover his face to sleep so we said we must take him home and asked to pay for lunch and the wines we had chosen to buy, we bought Liulea (the girl) a bottle too to say thanks for her tour 😂 but we were unable to pay as his wife has gone out and he wasn't able to do it 🤣
      So given we were camping outside, he said he would send his wife out with the wine and for us to pay once she got back
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    • Day 108

      More Wine!

      October 23, 2022 in Moldova ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

      Well Lennon napped, and then woke up, Mrs Winery came back, time went on... It started to get dark and we began to wonder if they had forgotten all about us.

      After a few hours we decided to go back in, have some more rose and pay up.

      Liulea and her family were still in there, minus the parents so we ended up talking to them for ages (well her) and then they left and we got some wine and intended just that and to go home. Mrs Winery brought us some crouton snacks. A few minutes later Mr Winery came with a huge platter of meat and roast vegetables (we had already told them we didn't want dinner 😂)

      Maybe it was the wine but it tasted like the best food of our lives 😂 when we eventually finished (Lennon ate so much sausage I'm surprised he's not still full the next day) and tried to pay again, Mrs Winery had disappeared again so we were just hanging around with Mr Winery. I couldn't work out much, but I know he speaks Romanian, Russian, Turkish & German, his daughter is names Liza short for Elizabeth (like 'King' Elizabeth 😂😂😂) he gave the bottle of wine to Liulea for us on the house and he loves wine 🍷😂🤣🥳
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