Krnohy : The Traditional Sledge Races of Slovakia

By Chrisostomos Kamberis

First Race of the Year Every year between January and March, at the south foot of Low Tatras in Slovakia, a thrilling championship takes place. It’s the annual races of Krnohy—the traditional Slovak wooden sledges. These heavy sledges are stirred by two unstrapped daredevils who race down a steep snow road—usually through the woods, while…

Madari Circular Trail in Cyprus

By Chrisostomos Kamberis

In my humble opinion this is the most beautiful trail in Cyprus. It starts just outside the village of Kyperounta in eastern Troodos Mountains and follows a well signed 13km trail with approximately 650m elevation gain through some of the most beautiful sceneries the island has to offer. Its average difficulty shouldn’t pose any problem…

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…

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…

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…

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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 an Irish city full 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…

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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…

Krnohy : The Traditional Sledge Races of Slovakia

By Chrisostomos Kamberis
a two seater traditional sledge in valaska

First Race of the Year Every year between January and March, at the south foot of Low Tatras in Slovakia, a thrilling championship takes place. It’s the annual races of Krnohy—the traditional Slovak wooden sledges. These heavy sledges are stirred…

Madari Circular Trail in Cyprus

By Chrisostomos Kamberis

In my humble opinion this is the most beautiful trail in Cyprus. It starts just outside the village of Kyperounta in eastern Troodos Mountains and follows a well signed 13km trail with approximately 650m elevation gain through some of the…

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…

Why Fall is The Best Season to Travel

By Chrisostomos Kamberis
orange foliage

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…

Los Madrileños: A Photo Story

By Chrisostomos Kamberis
people sitting on a fountain at puerta del sol

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…

Madrid : Top Things to Do in The Spanish Capital

By Chrisostomos Kamberis
top things to do in Madrid

  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…