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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, the author of many guidebooks to Europe and producer of television programs on European travel, gives us his thoughts on returning to Europe after 25 years of travel there. His itinerary takes him on a circular tour from Amsterdam to the Rhine, Rothenburg, Munich, Venice, Florence, Rome, the Italian Riviera, the Swiss Alps, and Paris. On the way, he tells us about the people he meets and provides flashbacks to his first trip to Europe as a young man. Steves prefers people to travel independently, and his books are geared that way. One of the most interesting aspects of this book is its insight into the world of a well-known tour leaderÄSteves is recognized by tourists with book in hand and approached by hotel keepers and restaurant owners trying to get a mention in his books. He believes that Europe has changed for the worseÄpartly, he confesses, as a result of his books, which lure tourists to formerly unknown places. But he loves his work, even though his traveling is often business, not pleasure. Recommended for all public libraries.ÄGeorge M. Jenks, Bucknell Univ., Lewisburg, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.