Rick Steves' Postcards from Europe
Postcards from Europe
by Rick Steves
Paperback, 263 pp.
John Muir, 1999
US $16.95, CAN $26.00
Rick Steves' Postcards from Europe is subtitled "25 years of
travel tales from America's favorite guidebook writer." In truth, the
book is much more than that. It's really three stories woven seamlessly into one
- An account of one recent summer trip through Europe. The reader
accompanies Rick Steves as he visits places featured in his guidebooks,
shares anecotes and experiences with European friends, and has conversations
with fans who recognize him from his TV shows. (The daytime visit to a drive-through
brothel is an eye-opener--and no, Rick Steves didn't inspect the merchandise.)
- Flashbacks to Rick Steves' early years as a student traveler and tour guide,
including a summer when he and his travel companion were so pinched for
pennies that they
occasionally dined off the charity of locals and fellow American tourists.
- Reflections on today's European travel industry, including tour scams and the question of how a
successful guidebook author can write about "backdoor Europe"
without destroying the qualities that make a seldom-visited town or village
As you might expect of a book written by TV's best-known travel host, Postcards
from Europe is jammed with personal observations, lively anecdotes, and
experiences that translate into practical advice for the reader. It may be the
most readable armchair travel narrative of 1999, and I recommend it to anyone
who's interested in European travel.
For sample passages from the book and related Web links, see pages 2
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