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Ski Resorts in Slovakia

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 13 October, 2019 /

Slovakia is often praised for its pristine nature which is consisted of virgin forests and fierce mountain lines among which High Tatras is the most renowned. The country’s ski resorts on the other hand are many times overlooked. Yes, they surely aren’t as big and lush as neighbouring Austria’s but still they are good enough…

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Zelene Pleso: A fun trail on High Tatras

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 11 September, 2019 /

Zelene pleso means “green tarn” and that’s exactly the hue of its crystal clear waters. Located at the end of Bielej Vody valley, this small mountain lake is surrounded by towering peaks that soar one kilometer high above the valley, casting their long shadows on its floor for the biggest part of the day. On…

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Hiking in High Tatras: Popradske Pleso And Koprovsky

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 22 August, 2019 /

Every year, the missus and I try to climb at least one bucket list summit. Since we love hiking in High Tatras, this year’s goal was Gerlakovsky—Slovakia’s highest summit but while organizing the climb, something or rather someone came out and we had to adapt accordingly. Koprovsky (2363m) would be as adventurous and challenging as…

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Cyprus: Wine Tasting in Troodos Mountains

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 26 May, 2019 /

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…

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Krnohy : The Traditional Sledge Races of Slovakia

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 4 February, 2019 /

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…

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Madari Circular Trail in Cyprus

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 31 December, 2018 /

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…

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Los Madrileños: A Photo Story

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 8 October, 2018 /

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 /

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…

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Great Food in Madrid and Where to Find It

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 29 August, 2018 /

Food in Madrid Food in Madrid is amazing and the city in known to be 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 food guide presents some great dishes and where to eat them when you are in…

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Hiking Cyprus : Atalanti Trail on Troodos

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 8 August, 2018 /

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…

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Spis Castle : A Medieval Masterpiece in Slovakia

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 23 July, 2018 /

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 /

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 is…

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Carrauntoohil : Hiking to the top of Ireland

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 17 May, 2018 /

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…

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Brasov and the Castles of Bran and Rasnov

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 11 April, 2018 /

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 /

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 /

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 /

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 / 13 February, 2018 /

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 : Skiing Chopok Summit in Low Tatras Slovakia

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 21 December, 2017 /

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 /

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 /

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 /

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 /

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 /

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 /

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 /

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…

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Mt. Tymfi : Hiking to Tsepelovo

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 15 May, 2017 /

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 ones as usual. The majority would cross Mt. Tymfi and get…

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Astraka and the Dragon lake

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 8 May, 2017 /

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 /

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 /

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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