I have published many travel articles in magazines, newspapers and websites- here are a few examples that cover many sub-genres (adventure, anecdotal, the great outdoors, festivals, islands, urban getaways, savvy shopping, gastronomy, history, cultural, religious tourism and so on).
I also have extensive experience covering all types of restaurants, entertainment hubs and accommodations, ranging from humble hostels to exclusive villas and resorts.
Excerpt from “A Classical Tale” by Chris Deliso:
The modest white walls were bare, save for some faded religious icons, and the only thing they could make was a salad. But then the owner’s eyes lit up: “Wait one second — let me look in the back.” After a minute, the village elder returned clutching a wild but very dead rabbit by the foot. “I just shot it today,” he beamed. “Should be very tasty!”
Further into Epiros, the architectural wonders of the Egnatia Odos start to come to life, with tunnels disappearing for miles into solid rock and the inevitable danger signs flashing over the roads zigzagging the cliff-tops.
Armed with nothing more than a name and a map, I thus resolved to find this enigmatic elder. After days of monastic tribulations marked by freezing rain, exhaustion, nine-hour vigils and meagre meals, the sun finally emerged.
See also: “Mother Teresa in the Balkans” by Chris Deliso
See also: “Letters from Heaven: in the Churches of Ohrid, Macedonia” by Chris Deliso
See also: “Past Made Eternal: A Visit to Agia Triada Monastery in Crete” by Chris Deliso
See also: “Heaven Inside Out: the Bucovina Painted Monasteries in Romania” by Chris Deliso
See also: “Apostolic Traveller” (Seeking Out St Paul in Greece) by Chris Deliso
Excerpt from “A Day of Grapes and Great Cuisine: by Chris Deliso:
There’s also petimezi, a thick grape syrup that can be spread on snacks; or drop a tablespoon of it into a glass of tonic water for a refreshing juice. Made without sugar, the petimezi needs 12 kilos of grapes to make one kilo. ‘It’s very healthy, full of iron, magnesium and other minerals, good for the blood’ comments Sakis.
On ethereal Patmos, visit the Monastery of St John the Theologian, and see the grotto where the saint wrote the Book of Revelations.
Excerpt from Chris Deliso’s contribution to “Secret Islands”:
The longer name of Fourni Korseon, which is sometimes still used, refers to the French Corsairs and Barbary pirates who used the archipelago’s hidden coves to hide out.
Excerpt from “Sofia- Bulgaria” by Chris Deliso:
In Sofia, things are always happening: maybe quickly, often quietly, underground, or out of sight. It’s what makes the city so full of life…
Excerpt from “Hip To Be Square” by Chris Deliso:
As a major student city Thessaloniki has always been cultured, but the buzz has intensified significantly in recent years. Its urban cultural renaissance is real, and can be felt in places like Syngrou/Valaoritou Streets, just below Egnatia.
Excerpt from “My Kind of Place: Compact and Old-World Charms of Plovdiv, Bulgaria” by Chris Deliso:
In the Old Town, on Ulitsa Saborna, an eclectic blend of attractions emerge, including art galleries, cafes, a Roman amphitheatre, Orthodox churches and the 7,000-year-old remains of the Thracian fortifications, Nebet Tepe, offering striking views.
Excerpt from “Sofia’s Snack” by Chris Deliso:
I never worry about what I’m going to eat when visiting Bulgaria. Wherever you may happen to be, chances are that somewhere – a bakery, a restaurant, even a hole-in-the-wall kiosk – will have banitsa.
Excerpt from “Intimations of Byzantium” by Chris Deliso:
“this desolate land of arid plains and mountain ridges lent itself to the machinations of lords and their dueling, shifting interests, forging a history replete with exotically named rulers such as the Archons of Vaspurakan, the house of Bagrationi and the kings of the Laz and Abkhazia.”
Excerpt from “Drinking in Dublin” by Chris Deliso:
I didn’t see the initial provocation, but turned just in time to see the glass flying through the air. It crashed against the wall, cutting one patron’s cheek; then a table was upended, red-faced men lunged and swore, and finally a Meath brawler who must have weighed over 300 pounds picked up a chair and, with a sickening thud, brought it crashing down over the unfortunate head of a Dublin fan.
Excerpt from “Veliko Tarnovo: Bulgaria’s City of the Tsars” by Chris Deliso:
Nevertheless, for many the most interesting spots here are those associated with violent legends, such as ‘Execution Rock,’ from which traitors were hurled into the Yantra. Even Count Baldwin of Flanders, a leader of the infamous Fourth Crusade, has lent his name to a Tsarevets tower, where he was allegedly imprisoned and killed in 1205.
The crown jewel of the whole mountain is the little church of Agia Sophia at the top, its outer foundations crumbled and its floor worn smooth by countless worshipers. Above the altar, lit haphazardly by a flickering candle, hangs a stern and forbidding icon of Christ. To stand in this church, with the wind whipping against the walls and the candles casting irregular shadows into the building, is peaceful yet unnerving.
Excerpt from “A Day in the Life of the Greek Cafe: Mastering the Art of the Libation in Greece” by Chris Deliso
There is a whole ritual associated with the famous Greek coffee. It’s made in a little copper pot called the briki. The recipe calls for powdery, pungent coffee and one spoonful of sugar if you want your Elliniko to be made metrio (medium-sweet), two if you want it glyko (sweet), or, the purist way – sketo (with no sugar at all).
Excerpt from “How To Bag a Turkish Carpet” by Chris Deliso:
Although they have a more rustic, durable feel, kilims too have become collector’s items in recent years. They often feature vibrant and geometrical tribal designs; the motifs originated in the deepest symbolic myths of ancient Anatolian culture.
Though smaller New Year’s carnivals occur elsewhere in Macedonia, none are as famous or as festive as Vevchani’s. Around 3,000 people drink, dance and gape as local men parade past in costumes depicting politicians and priests, snake-charming swamis, armed desperados, sundry demon hordes and more. The metal pitchforks, hay wagons, cannons and horses these intoxicated performers dub “floats” are all refreshingly (some would say hazardously) real.
Excerpt from “Border Zone: Around Lake Prespa” by Chris Deliso:
The snakes of Golem Grad were a nuisance, though most were not poisonous. For a time, the mongoose solution appeared to be working. However, “they didn’t survive the cold of winter,” lamented Kiril “and the snakes have had the run of the place ever since.”
Excerpt from “A Tale of Two Villages” by Chris Deliso:
“They make passports in Vevchani too. No one has been arrested for doing so. The village’s passports, as well as its colourful currency, the lichnitsi, hearken back to the heady days after the country’s independence.”
See also “Kratovo: a Town Worth its Salt” by Chris Deliso
Excerpt from “Macedonia’s Unusual Nature Getaway” by Chris Deliso: