For Cultural Understanding: A Different Concept of Space

With the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic, some of the details addressed in this article have been greatly modified.  You can first read the original article below to get a frame of reference for a traditionally Dutch concept of space, then read the UPDATE at the end to find out how social space in the Netherlands has been affected by COVID-19. … More For Cultural Understanding: A Different Concept of Space

Don’t Look Back!

(Excerpt from The Tales of a Fly-By-Night by V M Karren) I first heard about it as a young boy. I was never able to forget the word even though I didn’t fully understand what it meant. When my brother and his friends spoke about it, they spoke with awe and reverence. In America the … More Don’t Look Back!

The Hills are Alive: A Castle Trip Through Germany, Austria, and Slovenia

Twenty years ago, when our son Matthew was just 3 years old, Val and I took him on a European vacation to Germany, Austria, and Slovenia. We were already living near Amsterdam as American expats and had made a few trips to various European cities, but we were eager to discover more. My parents- and sister-in-law … More The Hills are Alive: A Castle Trip Through Germany, Austria, and Slovenia

Marten (with an ‘e’) shows you Europe.

Marten (with an “e”) gives you his best travel tips for avoiding the boring and irrelevant attractions in Europe’s most visited cities, and some great spots in some of the continent’s up-and-coming travel hotspots that might be off your radar. Let Marten (with an “e”) help you navigate past the tourist traps and find the “best” food that Europe has to offer to discerning globetrotters.

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The Time In Between: Valentine’s Day, Corona-Style

We’ve all been busy reinventing every area of our lives as we’ve faced restrictions resulting from the spread of the COVID-19 virus. But how are we reinventing travel? Travel, by definition, means getting away, but these days only our imaginations are taking us anywhere that feels like an escape. Here are our ideas for getting away this Valentine’s Day. … More The Time In Between: Valentine’s Day, Corona-Style

The 10 Kitchen Essentials of a French Chef

Maurice Le Coq is the unconventional chef you’ll encounter in V M Karren’s new book, The Plucked Hen. His obsessive attitude about his culinary creations, his choice of ingredients, and sense of public presence are truly unique, and he pays particular attention to quality. A chef like that would employ only the finest tools of … More The 10 Kitchen Essentials of a French Chef

Gentlemen in Moscow

It’s October! This month, our ‘Travel Europe Through Books’ online book club will be traveling to Moscow by way of the popular novel, A Gentleman in Moscow (2016) by Amor Towles. A Metropolitan Novel The first stop on our trip to Russia is Moscow, and more specifically the Metropol Hotel, pictured above. Just across the … More Gentlemen in Moscow