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Rick Steves' postcards from Europe : 25 years of travel tales from America's favorite guidebook writer
Steves, Rick, 1955-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Santa Fe, N.M. : John Muir Publications, [1999]

Physical Description:
263 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
Amsterdam -- To the Rhine -- Club Rothenburg -- Munich -- Venice -- Florence -- Rome -- Vernazza-the Cinque Terre -- Gimmelwald-the Swiss Alps -- Paris -- Home.
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D923 .S82 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
D923 .S82 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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This guide is an armchair tour of the author's favorite European travel experiences. In a series of personal vignettes, Steves tells of the Swiss schoolteacher who risked Steves's life to show him an edelweiss he couldn't pick, the Seina native who still bears a medieval grudge against Florence, and the Parisian who took a deep whiff of moldy cheese and sighed, "It smells like zee feet of angels."

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Steves, travel writer and host of PBS's Travels in Europe, takes a nostalgic look at 25 years of European travel and cultural changeÄfrom his first family trip abroad in 1969 (spent searching for pianos and visiting Norwegian relatives) to his years as a tour guide and his most recent solo expeditions. In a laid-back narrative style, Steves offers interesting cultural and historical tidbits on such cities as Amsterdam, Munich, Paris and Venice. Revisiting churches, museums, hotels, shops and restaurants, he notes with sadness the changes that have taken place over the past couple of decades, including the growing prevalence of American attitudes and the transformation of Rothenburg, Germany (one of Europe's best-preserved walled towns), from an off-the-beaten-path find to a tourist "theme park." Though Steves readily admits he travels in more luxurious style at age 42 than he did as a youth,, he makes it clear that neither money nor location by themselves makes a trip memorable: it's the people who count. Those who appreciate Steves's humorous insights on his TV programÄas well as in his many guidebooksÄwill enjoy settling back with him on this European tour. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Steves's genial personality shines throughout this tape as he covers a wide variety of places, people, and times. He shows why his advice to get to know an area through meeting people is a good idea. Whether talking about Denmark or Italy or England, he brings people and his experiences to life and readily conveys to the listener why he has found European travel so rewarding. In discussing interesting people he met years ago, he usually also gives updates on their current status. Steves finds joy not only in the great accomplishments of architecture and art but also in old neighborhoods, local people, transportation, and food. This is economy travel, not first class, and his down-to-earth approach will be of interest to many travelers. Practical travel tips are sprinkled throughout. Steves is well spoken and has a clear, comfortable voice; most listeners will appreciate his obvious enthusiasm. Recommended for libraries whose clientele has an interest in European travel and/or in Steves's works. Carolyn Alexander, Brigadoon Lib., Salinas, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.