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Los Madrileños: A Photo Story

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 8 October, 2018 / 9 Comments

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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Madrid : Top Things to Do in The Spanish Capital

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 24 September, 2018 / 9 Comments

  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…

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

Great Food in Madrid and Where to Find It

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 29 August, 2018 / 17 Comments

Food in Madrid Madrid is a great culinary destination. Countless restaurants and tapas bars offer a wide variety of dishes, most of the times at a very good price. This guide presents some great foods and where to eat them when you are in the Spanish capital. La Campana One of the best Street Foods…

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Hiking Cyprus Atalanti Trail on Troodos

Hiking Cyprus : Atalanti Trail on Troodos

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 8 August, 2018 / 15 Comments

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…

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Spis Castle : A Medieval Masterpiece in Slovakia

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 23 July, 2018 / 11 Comments

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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Dunquin : The Pure Essence of Ireland

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 6 June, 2018 / 9 Comments

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…

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Carrauntoohil : Hiking to the top of Ireland

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 17 May, 2018 / 20 Comments

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…

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Brasov and the Castles of Bran and Rasnov

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 11 April, 2018 / 2 Comments

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 / 28 March, 2018 / 7 Comments

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 / 14 March, 2018 / 8 Comments

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 / 27 February, 2018 / 0 Comments

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 / 13 February, 2018 / 2 Comments

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…

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Jasna : Winter Bliss in Slovakia

Jasna : Winter Bliss in Slovakia

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 21 December, 2017 / 7 Comments

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 / 5 December, 2017 / 11 Comments

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.…

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Casa Luxembourg in Sibiu

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 9 November, 2017 / 2 Comments

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 / 30 October, 2017 / 8 Comments

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…

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Meteora : The Mystical Monasteries of Greece

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 8 August, 2017 / 17 Comments

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 / 15 July, 2017 / 4 Comments

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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Hiking from Kipi to Dilofo

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 13 June, 2017 / 10 Comments

The Break Day 6 Even though today would be something like a day off. We still agreed to walk for a couple of hours, so that our legs wouldn’t get stiff. The guys from Hikes4all had arranged a small route to Dilofo village just to stretch a bit. After having lunch there, a car would…

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Hiking from Beloi to Kapesovo via the skala of Vradeto

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 7 June, 2017 / 16 Comments

The Viewpoint Day 5 Our fifth day in Zagori started with a hearty rural breakfast. It was splendid with five types of homemade jam and cheese produced by the owners among other things. You just can’t beat top ingredients no matter what you cook out of them. The day’s hike was simple and fairly easy.…

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Mt. Tymfi : Hiking to Tsepelovo

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 15 May, 2017 / 7 Comments

The Descent Day 4 It was pitch–dark and I could only hear the intense activity that took place in the refuge. Time was half past six and most people were already up getting dressed and fixing their equipment. Me and Veronika were the last to get up as usual. The majority would cross Mt. Tymfi…

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Astraka and the Dragon lake

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 8 May, 2017 / 6 Comments

The Ascent Day 3 I waited five minutes for the alarm to ring, then I quietly got dressed and went out. Darkness was still covering Mikro Papingo as I was navigating through its narrow alleys. Outside the gate, Astraka towers looked imposing above the tiny village. Rogovo As I was walking the only road leaving…

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Zagori : Hiking Voidomatis to Kleidonia and Papingo

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 1 May, 2017 / 14 Comments

The River. Day 2. After a good night’s sleep, we woke up in high spirits. The euphoria of the previous day was still on and we couldn’t wait to start our second day in Zagori. The day’s march would take us back to Voidomatis river and the infamous Kleidonia bridge. From there, we would be…

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Hiking Vikos Gorge

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 24 April, 2017 / 13 Comments

The Gorge. Day 1. Hiking Vikos gorge under rain is treacherous because of the rock falls. So naturally the first thing I did when I woke up was to open the door and get on the small balcony. To my relief there was only a small cloud here and there. “Good start.” The plan was…

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Galaxidi Flour-War Carnival

By Spiros Gioldasis / 17 April, 2017 / 0 Comments

  On the craziest feast in Greece!   Mad max filming or an apocalypse scene? Just the Flour-war carnival of Galaxidi!   “Didn’t you get dirty yet?” A sweet girl asked me. Her features were barely distinguishable beneath the mix of color and flour, which covered her face and body. Then, full of vividness, she stained my…

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Zagori Hike : The Beginning

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 10 April, 2017 / 0 Comments

Zagori Hike : The Beginning   Having left behind Ioannina—the capital of Epirus. We took the old road to Zagorochoria—as all forty six villages of Zagori are collectively named. We hadn’t seen a car or people for the last twenty minutes and I could feel the isolation and the serenity of the place as our…

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Zagori : The Kingdom of Infinite Country

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 28 February, 2017 / 8 Comments

Zagori : The Kingdom of Infinite Country Epirus—rightfully called the “infinite country” since ancient times; Got its epithet because of its mountains which row after row dominate the land making it seem endless. Zagori is hidden in the heart of this isolated region in northwestern Greece. Its forty six villages, called Zagorochoria are nested between…

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Acropolis Museum : Sanctuary of the Marbles

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 19 December, 2016 / 0 Comments

Acropolis Museum Sanctuary of the Marbles   For many years, the possibility of building an adequate museum that would house the Parthenon marbles and all the artifacts of Acropolis and the surrounding slopes remained distant as a dream. Every plan made by the Greek state, was coming to a dead end. Eventually it took a…

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National Archaeological Museum of Athens

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 2 December, 2016 / 0 Comments

National Archaeological Museum of Athens The national archaeological museum of Athens is the biggest in Greece and one of the most significant in the world. Over 11.000 artifacts belong to its five major exhibitions which stretch from the Prehistoric era until the Roman period. Located in an exquisite neoclassical building on “28th October” Avenue which…

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Athens Zoo

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 18 November, 2016 / 0 Comments

Attica Zoological Park   Athens Zoo   For decades the only zoo in Athens was a small one inside the National Garden behind the Greek parliament. I have memories of my parents taking me there on Sundays. I can’t remember the animals clearly—due to my young age, but I still remember my enthusiasm when I…

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