Cyprus: Wine Tasting in Troodos Mountains

By Chrisostomos Kamberis

Cyprus has always been a winemaking country traditionally producing table wine, with the notable exception of Commandaria. During the last two decades though, the island has seen the rebirth of the local varieties and the flourish of several small winemakers who by aiming higher, have actually achieved to raise the local wine scene and consequently…

Samsung S10 Review: Could It Be Your Next Travel Camera?

By Chrisostomos Kamberis

Samsung S10 hit the market earlier this month and everybody now is expecting to see how these impressive specs perform in real life. No doubt, Samsung’s flagship is a great phone but how does it perform as a camera? Can you solely rely on it for capturing your travels and photographic adventures? The company claims…

Phone Photography: How To Get Better Photos on Your Next Travel

By Chrisostomos Kamberis

Surely your phone is capable of taking pretty good photos, but are you always happy with them, or do they leave you wanting something more? The fact that manufacturers have made great leaps during last years in the photography department, means that there is so much more potential to be extracted from phone photography now,…

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

Madari circular trail is in my humble opinion 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…

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…

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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…

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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…

Urban Story : A Night in Cork Frontpage

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.…

Cyprus: Wine Tasting in Troodos Mountains

By Chrisostomos Kamberis
bird's eye view of a dining chair and table, cyprus wine tasting

Cyprus has always been a winemaking country traditionally producing table wine, with the notable exception of Commandaria. During the last two decades though, the island has seen the rebirth of the local varieties and the flourish of several small winemakers…

Samsung S10 Review: Could It Be Your Next Travel Camera?

By Chrisostomos Kamberis
SAMSUNG S10 on black background

Samsung S10 hit the market earlier this month and everybody now is expecting to see how these impressive specs perform in real life. No doubt, Samsung’s flagship is a great phone but how does it perform as a camera? Can…

Phone Photography: How To Get Better Photos on Your Next Travel

By Chrisostomos Kamberis
A girl shooting with the phone and the mausoleum of Lajos Kossuth on the background

Surely your phone is capable of taking pretty good photos, but are you always happy with them, or do they leave you wanting something more? The fact that manufacturers have made great leaps during last years in the photography department,…

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

Madari circular trail is in my humble opinion 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…

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…