Hiking the Alluring Kionia – Profitis Ilias Trail in Cyprus

By Chrisostomos Kamberis

Deep in the heart of Cyprus and away from its blazing coastal line, the luxuriant forest of Machairas thrives against the arid climate of the subtropical Mediterranean island. Especially known to the Christian world for the homonymous monastery that was built there in the 12th century, this eastern part of Troodos mountain range is uniquely…

A Trip to Kinsale and The Old Head Peninsula in Ireland

By Chrisostomos Kamberis

I’d never intended to visit Kinsale, but more times than not, unexpected encounters prove to be the most fruitful. Wandering around the gloomy city of Cork for a couple of days, I was scouting the county for a gripping seascape to shoot, and my research eventually led me to Old Head of Kinsale at the…

High Tatras: The Winter Trail to Teryho Chata

By Chrisostomos Kamberis

Deep in the Small Cold valley, resting at the edge of a cirque, Teryho chata has been weathering the abrupt summer storms and blinding winter blizzards of High Tatras for more than a century. Built in 1899, by the Hungarian Carpathian Association, this mountain refuge was named after the doctor and avid climber Edmund Tery,…

Bratislava: The First Snow

By Chrisostomos Kamberis

The forecast said it was going to snow, and indeed, thick flakes had started to fall with the first light of the day. I was looking at them slowly drifting down, layering the dark cobblestone outside the window, thinking what I should do next. It was a frosty but welcoming morning. I grabbed my camera…

The Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum

By Chrisostomos Kamberis

Bratislava has an array of excellent museums and galleries to visit, but the most prominent, in my opinion, is actually a few kilometers outside the Slovakian capital, where the borders of Slovakia, Hungary, and Austria meet. There, engulfed in a green landscape right on river Danube, built on an artificial peninsula next to Cunovo dam,…

Should You Buy a Camera Or a Top Camera Phone?

By Chrisostomos Kamberis

Is it better to invest in a flagship phone or get a camera? It’s quite a dilemma and the fact that both devices have improved greatly in the past few years, doesn’t make the choice easier. Let me say in advance that if you never watch your images outside your phone or tablet then the…

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Why Fall is The Best Season to Travel

By Chrisostomos Kamberis

I have always loved autumn for several reasons. It’s the time of the year that marks the end of a cycle and the beginning of a fresh one more intensely than any other season. Autumn comes just in time to save us from the intolerable heat of summer, and its frenetic energy which by the…

people sitting on a fountain at puerta del sol

Los Madrileños: A Photo Story

By Chrisostomos Kamberis

Shooting a city’s streets always poses a big dilemma in photography. Black & white or color? In the case of Madrid, the answer was clear from the beginning. Even though the city has some amazing Art Deco buildings that would shine in monochrome, still it yells color. And above all, so do its inhabitants. I…

top things to do in Madrid

Madrid : Top Things to Do in The Spanish Capital

By Chrisostomos Kamberis

I had always been curious about Madrid. After visiting Barcelona and loving it, I was eager to see how the rival city compared. And I was not let down. Madrid is as beautiful and seductive as Barcelona but in an entirely different, almost opposite way. They kind of complement each other and that didn’t come…

Great Food in Madrid and Where to Find It - Seafood Paella

Great Food in Madrid and Where to Find It

By Chrisostomos Kamberis

Food in Madrid From fresh sea food and rich stews, to simple but palatable omelettes and mature cold cuts; food in Madrid offers everything an epicure could dream of. Countless restaurants and tapas bars all over the city, serve a wide variety of dishes, more times than not, at a great prices. This food guide…

Hiking Cyprus Atalanti Trail on Troodos

Hiking Cyprus : Atalanti Trail on Troodos

By Chrisostomos Kamberis

Atalanti is one of the most popular trails in Cyprus Atalanti trail is the second highest in Cyprus after Artemis and one of the most beautiful on Troodos Mountain. Cyprus may not be a popular hiking destination but truth is that it has some excellent trails extending from easy to moderate difficulty which are perfect…

Spis castle from the west

Spis Castle : A Medieval Masterpiece in Slovakia

By Chrisostomos Kamberis

Just east of the imposing High Tatras—Slovakia’s proudest mountain range, on top of a lofty hill, lies the mighty Spis Castle. Though a ruin today, the castle’s strength is still evident on its thick walls and rugged towers. Vast in size it occupies most of the hill casting its shadow on the nearby village of…

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Hiking Guide: What to Know Before Hitting a Trail For The First Time

By Chrisostomos Kamberis

Hiking is one of the healthiest and most relaxing activities there is. It’s a great way to get out of your routine, relief stress effectively and improve your mental health while getting some great exercise. Consequently, it’s one of the few things on this world that can improve your overall health and quality of life…

Dunquin pier and the Atlantic ocean

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. The next parish to America as they call it, is the westernmost village of the Irish mainland, right on the tip of Dingle peninsula where the prolific green of the meadows is abruptly cut by…

Carrauntoohil from the east

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 (this hiking guide can help) and…

Hiking the Alluring Kionia – Profitis Ilias Trail in Cyprus

By Chrisostomos Kamberis
The trail of Kionia - Profitis ilias inside the woods

Deep in the heart of Cyprus and away from its blazing coastal line, the luxuriant forest of Machairas thrives against the arid climate of the subtropical Mediterranean island. Especially known to the Christian world for the homonymous monastery that was…

A Trip to Kinsale and The Old Head Peninsula in Ireland

By Chrisostomos Kamberis
a car driving on coastal road in Cork Country near Old head of kinsale

I’d never intended to visit Kinsale, but more times than not, unexpected encounters prove to be the most fruitful. Wandering around the gloomy city of Cork for a couple of days, I was scouting the county for a gripping seascape…

High Tatras: The Winter Trail to Teryho Chata

By Chrisostomos Kamberis
photo of a mountain in dawn

Deep in the Small Cold valley, resting at the edge of a cirque, Teryho chata has been weathering the abrupt summer storms and blinding winter blizzards of High Tatras for more than a century. Built in 1899, by the Hungarian…

Bratislava: The First Snow

By Chrisostomos Kamberis
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The forecast said it was going to snow, and indeed, thick flakes had started to fall with the first light of the day. I was looking at them slowly drifting down, layering the dark cobblestone outside the window, thinking what…

The Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum

By Chrisostomos Kamberis
the buildings and surrounding areas of Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museun

Bratislava has an array of excellent museums and galleries to visit, but the most prominent, in my opinion, is actually a few kilometers outside the Slovakian capital, where the borders of Slovakia, Hungary, and Austria meet. There, engulfed in a…

Strolling the Christmas Markets of Vienna and Bratislava

By Chrisostomos Kamberis

Every year around the end of November, hundreds of Christmas markets all over Europe light up, signaling the advent of the world’s biggest holiday. For forty or so days, thousands of small wooden stalls fill the streets and squares, sending…