Right in the day in which Moldova celebrated the Constitution Day (adopted on 29 July 1994), a group of enthusiastic postcrossers from Moldova and Romania met for the first time in the flesh (online they have known each other for long time and have swaped, of course, many postcards). The meetup was held in Central Post Office of Moldova in Chişinău, where was also organized a collaborative exhibition of postcards from around the world.
"Being from neighbouring countries with many traditions and a language in common (not to mention a hobby!), it just made sense for them to cross the border and meet… and also to try to make Postcrossing more popular in Moldova", somebody wrote on Postcrossing Blog. On this occasion was edited four special postcards.
"It was a busy day in the post office, as it was the last day of the month and many people were around to pay their bills. Many of them saw the exhibition while waiting, curiously checking out what this big group of people were doing around the table. The postcrossers were a busy bunch: together, they sent over 600 postcards to all around the world, bearing a special cancellation mark that Moldova Post did specifically for the occasion."
About the stamps
On the postcard 3125
The first two stamps (with a vignette), designed by Vitaliu Pogolşa, was issued on October 11, 2011 to mark 20 Years of Diplomatic Relations Between Romania and the Republic of Moldova. On August 27, 1991, the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova adopted a declaration of independence. Two days later, Romania established diplomatic relations with its neighbor, sharing many cultural and historical aspects...
• Holy Gates in Chişinău (1.20 MDL) - It's on the postcard 3125
• Arch of Triumph in Bucharest (4.50 MDL) - It's on the postcard 3125
The last stamp is part of the series Fruiting Shrubs, designed by Tatiana Gorbatenkaia and issued on March 30, 2013.
• Gooseberry / Ribes uva-crispa (0.55 MDL)
• European blueberry / Vaccinium myrtillus (1.50 MDL)
• Guelder Rose / Vibrunum opulus (1.75 MDL)
• Raspberry / Rubus idaeus (1.75 MDL)
• Common sea buckthorn / Hippophae rhamnoides (2.00 MDL)
• Redcurrant / Ribes rubrum (4.00 MDL) - It's on the postcard 3125
On the postcard 3126
The stamp is one of the two issued on March 10, 2017 to celebrate Easter, about which I wrote here.
The postcark used with the occasion of The First Moldova-Romania Postcrossing Meetup, Chişinău, 29 July 2017.
Celebrating connections across borders - Postcrossing Blog
Sender 3125: Mihnea Răducu and the postcrossers who participated to the First Moldova-Romania Meetup which held in Chişinău on July 29, 2017.
Sent from Chişinău (Moldova) on 29.07.2017
Photo: Alexandru Panis
Sender 3126: Ovidiu Bucşe
Sent from Zalău (Sălaj / Romania) on 12.08.2017
Design: Ovidiu Bucşe