I love Rick Steve's books and his TV shows because he talks about the importance of getting to know the locals by meeting them instead of just seeing them from the window of a tour bus as you are driving by. He encourages you to eat where the locals eat and take in local farmer's markets.
The only problem I have with his books or the show, is that he makes it look so easy to get around in a car. It seems like it is just like driving at home. It is if you've lived there awhile and know which turns to make that aren't marked with road signs. Outside of the freeways you need a GPS system. Of course if you are constantly getting lost that is another way to get to know the locals -- ask directions!
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For just about a decade now "Rick Steves Europe" has been delighting audiences on PBS. During that time Rick has produced a total of 83 programs. Since the show appears somewhat sporadically and at varied times I usually find it when I am channel surfing. But whenever I do happen upon "Rick Steves Europe" I invariably stop and watch. For me this is one of the most enjoyable shows on television. I have seen other travel shows … more
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Rick Steves' Europe is a television show hosted by American author and historian Rick Steve about European travel. Steves advocates independent travel. His books, radio and television shows deal with travel mainly, though not exclusively, in Europe, and are directed at an American audience. As host, writer and producer of the popular and long running Oregon Public Broadcasting television series Rick Steves' Europe, and through his travel books, he encourages Americans to become what he calls "temporary locals." He encourages his readers and viewers to discover not only major cities, but also cozy villages away from popular tourist routes.
Steves' relationship with public television began with his first series, Travels in Europe with Rick Steves. Since then, he has become one of public television's top pledge drive hosts, raising millions of dollars annually for stations across the U.S. Steves writes and co-produces his television programs through his company, Back Door Productions. Steves' television series, guidebooks, and his company's European escorted bus tours attract fans known as "Rickniks". Steves lives in his hometown of Edmonds, Washington with his wife Anne. They've been married and traveling together for 25 years, along with their two children, Andy and Jackie, who attend out-of-state universities.