Will you be travelling to Italy this summer? Knowing something about the history and culture of Italy can greatly enhance your experience. Here are five of our favorite books on Italy, a sampling to give you a taste of what to expect besides pizza and gelato: ROME: THE BIOGRAPHY OF A CITY by Christopher Hibbert. … More Read Your Way Through Italy
In the snooty, intellectual circles of cosmopolitan neighborhoods, where money is merely a fashion accessory, a more sophisticated version of the causality dilemma, regarding the order of the first chicken and the egg from which it hatched, is discussed endlessly, without ever coming to agreement. Those gathered for wine and cheese after the debut of … More Art Imitating Art: An Introduction to Little Sicily
26 April 2023 I am sitting on the edge of Lake Como, a vision of sparkling blue, nestled in the Cyprussy hills of northern Italy. Yesterday we arrived here in the train after eight hours of travel, much of which was through the alpine valleys of Switzerland. Tomorrow we’ll train into Rome. Everything is so … More Travel Log: Rome & Florence
Travel Europe Through Books as you peruse these carefully curated selections of fiction and non-fiction, created or set in various European lands. … More Reading Recommendations
“Beauty is not a Luxury” -John O’Donohue The Irish poet and philosopher John O’ Donohue, (God rest his soul) eloquently spoke and wrote about the need for Beauty that our human souls have to feel complete, to be whole. The experience of Beauty, whether it be music or poetry; liturgy and scripture; a caring relationship … More A Walk Around Mont Blanc
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!
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 Coming Soon to a Bookstore near you!
By Val Karren As I prepared to start writing my second novel, I travelled to Sicily to listen to Italians speak Italian, with everything but their voices. I don’t speak Italian, (well at least not that fast), and so I listened and observed carefully while in those locations that I had selected for settings in … More Learning to Eat Like an Italian