One of my favorite songs is ‘Peace Like a River,’ an African-American spiritual that has brought me hope and peace in hard times. This song always carries me to a village on the banks of the Seine River, in France, called Les Andelys. My family and I have been visiting this little-known spot nearly every … More Peace Like a River: How the Seine Feeds My Soul
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.
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
By Val Karren Every year in the midsummer week, I take my wife away on a romantic getaway to commemorate our wedding anniversary. While Europe has a long list of exciting destinations with fascinating history and inspiring works of art and architecture, they are also filled with lots and lots of people. Our modern, hyperconnected … More 5 Most Romantic Getaway Ideas in Europe
The new official trailer of The Tales of a Fly-By-Night by V M Karren is now available on YouTube for viewing! Here you can catch a glimpse of the beauty, humor, and grandeur behind this collection of travel stories from across Europe. Click HERE to read a sample of the book, or order your … More Book Trailer: The Tales of a Fly-By-Night
Caution! This collection of hilarious and heart-warming travel stories is proven to cause restlessness, perspective-shift, and travel itch in usually very reasonable people. … More Get Lost! in a new book
Caution! This collection of short stories about vagabonding around Europe is known to cause restlessness, perspective-shift, and travel itch in reasonable people. Pre-order is now open for delivery on 7 March. Read how. … More Get Carried Away!
Matthew’s third birthday was to be spent at Disneyland, frolicking with Mickey and Pinocchio. We didn’t have a big budget available, so we traveled on a small one. We rode in the second class train to Paris and stayed in a youth hostel. We ate picnics under the Eiffel Tower and walked between the museums to … More Disneyland On Strike?