Karen Warren

About me

I am a writer of travel articles and fiction, currently working on my first novel.

From my website

Mantua, Renaissance Home of the Gonzagas

Coming into Mantua from the north, the first thing you notice is the three artificial lakes that surround the city. Today they are a pleasure ground, with boat trips, lakeside walks and picnic areas. But they were originally constructed for a quite different purpose: defence. As was common in medieval…

Brescia: An Underrated Tourist Destination

According to my guidebook, Brescia is “disappointing”. But we wanted a day out from Verona, and Brescia was an easy trip by train. So, not knowing quite what to expect, we went anyway, and we were not at all disappointed. We found Roman remains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and…

A Novice’s Guide to Hiking England’s Long Distance Paths

Since I wrote about hiking the Hadrian’s Wall Path I’ve been asked about the practicalities of hiking England’s National Trails. How fit do you have to be? And is it easy to find accommodation along the way? As an averagely fit person with a taste for creature comforts, I’ll try to…

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