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Rick Steves' Postcards from Europe: Travel Tales from America's Favorite Guidebook Writer

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In Postcards from Europe, Rick Steves takes you on a private tour through the heart of Europe — introducing you to his local friends and sharing his favorite travel moments — from the Netherlands through Germany, Italy, and Switzerland, with a grand Parisian finale.

Whether you're dreaming in an armchair, have packed, or are unpacking, Postcards from Europe will inspire a l
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Paperback, 265 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by Avalon Travel Publishing (first published August 15th 2006)
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Freyja Vanadis
Nov 06, 2011 Freyja Vanadis rated it really liked it
The writing was great and I enjoyed reading about the various countries he visited, but I was surprised to see that he could be a bit of an ass in his dealings with other people. I mean, seriously: on his first trips, he made his clients sleep in on the ground in sleeping bags in huge tents with 400 other people instead of staying in hotels? Really, Rick? What exactly was the purpose of that? "To get a taste of the real Europe" doesn't cut it, because Europeans don't sleep in huge community tent ...more
Jenny
Sep 16, 2015 Jenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this boo!. It was like reading about my first 8-country European trip back in 2000. Some great insights, regional/local travel tips and familiar faces were mentioned. Would like to do this trip again - maybe in 2025 to coincide of when St. Peter's Basilica opens its gigantic front doors once again. I suggest augmenting this book with "Mona Winks" - laugh your way through Europe's famous museums.
Jennifer McCullum
Nov 22, 2010 Jennifer McCullum rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Rick Steves fans
I enjoy reading travel books and have used Rick Steves guides in the past. This book included reflections on places he has traveled and how his writing about them has sometimes changed their character. Loved some of the antidotes about American travelers from his European friends. Something I learned about Rick is that he supports legalizing drugs, especially marijuana. Who knew????
Emily
Aug 28, 2010 Emily rated it liked it
I finally finished this. It was a good travel story, but not super interesting. I don't think you can really experience the greatness about a city or culture unless you stay at least a week, definitely more than 2 days. But I love Rick Steves!
Dee Renee  Chesnut
I enjoyed some of the stories, and some of the stories made me uncomfortable when Steves told of shoplifting as a youthful traveler and having his early tour groups bed down in a 400-person tent just to watch his group members be uncomfortable in different circumstances.
Roxanne
Aug 18, 2012 Roxanne rated it liked it
I read the chapters on Gimmelwald, Club Rothenburg and Munich. Rick really gets off track. But now I want to go to Gimmelwald (Heidiland?)

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Richard "Rick" Steves is an American author and television personality on European travel. He is the host of a public television series, and a public radio travel show, and the author of many travel guidebooks and autobiographies.
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