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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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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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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 Frontpage

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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Interview with Stephanie Craig

Stephanie Craig : A History Fangirl

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 19 October, 2017 / 0 Comments

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.…

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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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Tel Aviv : A Photographic Story

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 3 July, 2017 / 10 Comments

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…

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A Day in Tel Aviv : Hayarkon Park and the Promenade

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 22 June, 2017 / 9 Comments

A Day in Tel Aviv It was my second day in Tel Aviv and I had decided to devote it mostly to street photography. In order to do that I would visit two of the city’s greatest sites, the Hayarkon Park and the famous city promenade. I would start at the park and walk along…

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Tel Aviv : A day in the city of hip

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 25 May, 2017 / 7 Comments

Tel Aviv wasn’t exactly in my plans this year but since I was in Jerusalem for a conference, I grabbed the opportunity to stay for a couple of days. Tel Aviv Yafo as its full name is, was founded by Jewish immigrants at the beginning of the 20th century just north of the ancient port…

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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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Beirut : At the Crossroads of East and West

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 16 January, 2017 / 2 Comments

Beirut : At the Crossroads of East and West   Beirut. The metropolis of Middle East where two worlds meet, live and collide. Eastern and western civilization have fought over this city for centuries but none managed to consume it. And for that Beirut and Beirutis are a spicy mix which I have not seen…

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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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Ireland : The Cliffs of Moher

By Spiros Gioldasis / 23 September, 2016 / 3 Comments

On the west coast of Ireland, the Cliffs of Moher are one of its most breathtaking features In Ireland the inevitable never happens and the unexpected constantly occurs Sir John Pentland Mahaffy   With this trip to Ireland and particularly by visiting the famous cliffs of Moher, I finally fulfill a childhood dream. As a…

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Athens : Ten Images. Street Artists

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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Weekend Escape in Drabsko

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 23 March, 2016 / 0 Comments

Weekend Escape in Drabsko Sometimes you just need a place to escape from your routine, even for a weekend. To have a change of air, to recharge your batteries, and why not? Get in touch with nature. That’s exactly what we were thinking when we booked one room for three days in a tiny village…

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Bojnice Castle : Straight out of a fairytale.

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 30 December, 2015 / 9 Comments

Bojnice castle is made from the stuff that fairy tales are made of. The most visited castle in Slovakia is 3 hours from Bratislava and it looks like it came out of a fantasy land with dragons, princes and evil Queens. The turquoise tower tops have definitely something to do with it.   It is…

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Bratislava : Why you should visit the capital of Slovakia

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 13 December, 2015 / 3 Comments

Bratislava: Why you should visit the capital of Slovakia Bratislava is one of the jewels of the Danube river. The capital of Slovakia lies on the banks of Danube on the western border of Slovakia just 45 minutes from Vienna. While walking around, it’s not difficult to witness the soviet past of the country. But…

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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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