Dunquin : The Pure Essence of Ireland

By Chrisostomos Kamberis

Dunquin   If a distillation came out of Ireland, its pure essence concentrated in a single place; that would be Dunquin I think. The next parish to America as they call it, is the most western village of the Irish mainland, right on the tip of Dingle peninsula where the prolific green of the meadows…

Carrauntoohil : Hiking to the top of Ireland

By Chrisostomos Kamberis

Irish Mountains Talking about mountains in Ireland, might sound a bit ironic since the emerald island is famous for its endless green flats more than anything else. Truth is that Ireland not only has mountains but they also present a great opportunity for people to be introduced to mountaineering and do something that usually is…

Brasov and the Castles of Bran and Rasnov

By Chrisostomos Kamberis

Less than three hours driving north of Bucharest, behind the mighty Carpathians, lies the city of Brasov—one of the seven walled citadels the Saxons built in Transylvania when it was under Hungarian rule. Transylvanian Saxons who were of German ethnicity, had the fame of expert craftsmen and tradesmen, so as soon as they settled the…

A Brief Guide of Sibiu

By Chrisostomos Kamberis

Sibiu is a medieval city located in the renowned Romanian region of Transylvania. The city’s historical center which holds most of the interest, lies on the east bank of Cibin river, and is divided into the pastel colored Lower town, and the more strict and upper class, you guessed it, Upper town. Hermannstadt—as Sibiu is…

Kerepesi Cemetery : A Fascinating Necropolis in Budapest

By Chrisostomos Kamberis

Cemeteries more often than not, tend to cast a shadow on people’s minds. That’s because no other construction is so emotionally attached to humans and the bitter pill that they have to swallow from the first day they come into this world—death. So, how can something that reflects our mortality be so calm and beautiful…

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Urban Story : A Night in Cork

By Chrisostomos Kamberis

Cork is known for many things—Murphy’s Irish stout and the rivalry with Dublin among others—the former probably contributing to the latter. It’s Irish city fool of character, with a beautiful island in the center which is surrounded by the channels of River Lee. As a teen I knew Cork because of one of its most…

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Bucharest and its picturesque old town

By Chrisostomos Kamberis

I was eager to see Bucharest for the first time but on the same time I wasn’t sure what to expect. Romania is not entirely in Balkans, nor is completely a central European country. Historically it was part of the Eastern Bloc but after a certain point it kept its distance from Moscow. All these…

Jasna : Winter Bliss in Slovakia

Jasna : Winter Bliss in Slovakia

By Chrisostomos Kamberis

Jasna is Slovakia’s biggest and most renowned ski resort. Like all winter spots, it has a distinctive festive coziness which I like, so me and Veronika decided to spend three days there as part of our last winter escape. Having grown up in a Mediterranean country, I will always be impressed by northern lands with…

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Syros : A Greek Island with Latin Influence

By Chrisostomos Kamberis

After a very long absence, I returned to the Greek islands and specifically to Syros, in the heart of Cyclades—a group of islands three hours from Athens, mostly known for the Cycladic civilization and the cosmopolitan islands of Santorini and Mykonos. Like every island in the Aegean Sea, Syros has a defining characteristic—its Latin influence.…

Hotel Casa Luxembourg Sibiu

Casa Luxembourg in Sibiu

By Chrisostomos Kamberis

Casa Luxembourg is located at the corner of Piața Mică and the Bridge of Liars in a beautiful historical building This small hotel is full of baroque charm and magnificent views. Two minutes form Sibiu’s large square and the stunning church of Holy Trinity. My Superior double room was so big you could play football…

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Mt. Brandon : Stormy Weather

By Chrisostomos Kamberis

People and especially media people tend to tell stories about epic journeys and successful accomplishments. But truth to be told there are much more to be learned from a failure than a success thus the reading of a defeat is much more useful to a reader than an epic story of triumph. This story is…

Interview with Stephanie Craig

Stephanie Craig : A History Fangirl

By Chrisostomos Kamberis

Stephanie is a friend and fellow blogger from the US who now lives in Europe. She combined her love for history and travel by creating HistoryFangirl.com where someone can read all about her adventures around the globe and her passion for history. She is also a great photographer and maintains a regular podcast worth listening.…

Meteora : The Mystical Monasteries of Greece

By Chrisostomos Kamberis

Deep in the heart of Greece at the north western edge of the rich Thessalian plain, is a place of mystical awe and medieval mystery. Meteora is the plural of a Greek adjective meaning “hovering above ground.” This word perfectly describes a number of monasteries that are built on monumental monoliths made of dark grey…

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Monodentri : Agia Paraskevi Monastery and Rizarios School of Handcrafts

By Chrisostomos Kamberis

The Return Day 7 Last day of hiking and our luck had eventually run out. Outside it was pouring and the gloomy horizon wasn’t showing any sign of improvement. Originally, we had planned to hike back to Monodentri through Vitsa but even though we could still go—rain or not, we just preferred to take it…

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Tel Aviv : A Photographic Story

By Chrisostomos Kamberis

Photo Story All cities have character but not all cities have “characters” as Bruce Gilden likes to call them. Some cities aren’t very photogenic at first glance and some cities show it off on every corner. Tel Aviv definitely belongs to the latter and I fully took advantage of it during the three days I…

Dunquin : The Pure Essence of Ireland

By Chrisostomos Kamberis
Dunquin pier and the Atlantic ocean

Dunquin   If a distillation came out of Ireland, its pure essence concentrated in a single place; that would be Dunquin I think. The next parish to America as they call it, is the most western village of the Irish…

Carrauntoohil : Hiking to the top of Ireland

By Chrisostomos Kamberis
Carrauntoohil from the east

Irish Mountains Talking about mountains in Ireland, might sound a bit ironic since the emerald island is famous for its endless green flats more than anything else. Truth is that Ireland not only has mountains but they also present a…

Brasov and the Castles of Bran and Rasnov

By Chrisostomos Kamberis

Less than three hours driving north of Bucharest, behind the mighty Carpathians, lies the city of Brasov—one of the seven walled citadels the Saxons built in Transylvania when it was under Hungarian rule. Transylvanian Saxons who were of German ethnicity,…

A Brief Guide of Sibiu

By Chrisostomos Kamberis
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Sibiu is a medieval city located in the renowned Romanian region of Transylvania. The city’s historical center which holds most of the interest, lies on the east bank of Cibin river, and is divided into the pastel colored Lower town,…

Kerepesi Cemetery : A Fascinating Necropolis in Budapest

By Chrisostomos Kamberis
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Cemeteries more often than not, tend to cast a shadow on people’s minds. That’s because no other construction is so emotionally attached to humans and the bitter pill that they have to swallow from the first day they come into…

Urban Story : A Night in Cork

By Chrisostomos Kamberis
Urban Story : A Night in Cork Frontpage

Cork is known for many things—Murphy’s Irish stout and the rivalry with Dublin among others—the former probably contributing to the latter. It’s Irish city fool of character, with a beautiful island in the center which is surrounded by the channels…