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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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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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Athens : A Walk Around the Historical Center

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 29 October, 2016 / 14 Comments

Athens : A Walk Around the Historical Center Writing an article about Athens feels strange to me. After all, it is my hometown and looking at it as a travel destination doesn’t come natural. I have to admit that the Greek capital doesn’t look attractive on first sight. When the rest of Europe was going…

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Athens : Ten Images in B&W

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 10 July, 2016 / 0 Comments

Athens : Ten Images in B&W   These are ten images I took in Athens during my last trip. The capital of Greece can be very atmospheric so I chose black and white.     The old Gasworks also known as Gazi are a live neighborhood in the heart of the city. The old facilities…

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Trekking the Oak Woodland in Xeromero

By Spiros Gioldasis / 7 April, 2016 / 2 Comments

The Oak Woodland of Xeromero In the western part of the prefecture of Aetoloakarnania in Xeromero province, just 30 km from Agrinio, the largest city of the county, is the only Oak Woodland in Greece and one of the largest in Europe. Location Based in Agrinio, a city that would ensure plenty of accommodation and…

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Patsos gorge, Crete

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 11 December, 2015 / 0 Comments

Patsos gorge is also known as Agios Antonios because of the little church in the cave near the entrance of the gorge. It is located 30km from the city of Rethymno at 490m altitude. In the shadow of Samaria gorge which is also in Crete, Patsos is a smaller and less crowded choice. The whole…

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Samaria gorge, Crete

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 18 November, 2015 / 0 Comments

Samaria gorge, the second biggest gorge in Europe is located in the White mountains south of Chania.It belongs to the greater area of Samaria National park and its flora and fauna are protected by law. It begins at the plateau of Omalos (1200m) and ends up in Agia Roumeli village after 16km. The entrance is called…

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Heraklion, Crete

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 7 July, 2015 / 0 Comments

Heraklion Heraklion is the biggest city in the island of Crete which in turn is the biggest island in Greece and also one of the places  I originate from, consequently I’ve spent many of my childhood holidays here.  It’s a vivid university city which serves as a transportation node to the millions of tourists who…

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Agia Pelagia, Crete

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 4 July, 2015 / 0 Comments

Agia Pelagia A small fishing village which is 25 minutes from Heraklion. Agia Pelagia is the place to be if quietness is what you are looking for. Built in an amphitheatrical way it has a small beach with six or seven restaurants, two or three bars and as many souvenir shops. Hasn’t changed much as…

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