Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental
This article appears in our Online Edition, May 2021
In the Netherlands, pot users go to coffeeshops — not jail.

As we’ve had to postpone our travels because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here’s one of my favorite European memories from the Netherlands — a reminder of the rich experiences that await us at the other end of this crisis.

Wandering around Amsterdam, every few blocks you pass a window full of plants displaying a red, yellow, and green Rastafarian flag — both indications that the coffeeshop doesn’t sell...

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Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental
This article appears in our Online Edition, May 2021
Village pubs provide fuel (and memories) for hikers.

As we’ve had to postpone our travels because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here’s one of my favorite European memories from small-town England — a reminder of the fun that awaits us at the other end of this crisis.

The Cotswolds are crisscrossed with hedgerows, strewn with storybook villages, and sprinkled with sheep. Everything about them — the meadows, thatched roofs, churches, pubs, B&Bs, and even the...

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Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental
This article appears in our Online Edition, May 2021
Kraków’s Main Market Square, with St. Mary’s Church.

As we’ve had to postpone our travels because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here’s one of my favorite European memories from Poland — a reminder of the fun that awaits us at the other end of this crisis.

My first impression of Kraków is that it feels like it must have been really important a long time ago. In fact, it was Poland’s capital from the 11th through the 16th centuries. Within its medieval walls, I...

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Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental
This article appears in our Online Edition, May 2021
Escargot — a hit with the French.

As we’ve had to postpone our travels because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here’s one of my favorite European memories from France — a reminder of the fun that awaits us at the other end of this crisis.

Walking through France’s finest vineyards in the fabled Côte d’Or (“Gold Coast”) of Burgundy, the proud vintner guiding me becomes evangelical.

Pointing to the ground, she says, “...

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Rick Steves' Europe
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Farmers’ market in Nevesinje, Bosnia & Herzegovina. Photo by Rick Steves

As we’ve had to postpone our travels because of the pandemic, I believe an occasional dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here’s one of my favorite European memories in what was a part of Yugoslavia — a reminder of the adventure that awaits us at the other end of this crisis.

Looking for a change of pace from Croatia’s touristic Dalmatian Coast, I’m driving east from Dubrovnik to the city of Mostar, in...

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Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental
This article appears in our Online Edition, April 2021
Siena’s main square and gathering place, Il Campo.

As we’ve had to postpone our travels because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here’s one of my favorite European memories from Siena — a reminder of the fun that awaits us at the other end of this crisis.

Stretched across a Tuscan hill, Siena offers perhaps Italy’s best medieval experience. Courtyards sport flower-decked wells, churches modestly share their art, and alleys dead-end into red-tiled rooftop...

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Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental
This article appears in our Online Edition, April 2021
Don't be afraid to join a dance in Turkey: Just snap your fingers and shake your shoulders.

As we’ve had to postpone our travels because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here’s one of my favorite European memories from Turkey — a reminder of the fun that awaits us at the other end of this crisis.

I’m in northeastern Turkey, the world’s top hazelnut-producing region and home of the Laz people. It’s located along the Black Sea coast, where it rains 320 days a year. Yet I’m enjoying an...

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Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental
This article appears in our Online Edition, April 2021
A flag-flying perch above Bergen, Norway.

As we’ve had to postpone our travels because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here’s one of my favorite European memories from the land of my forefathers, Norway — a reminder of the fun that awaits us at the other end of this crisis.

I’ll never forget my first trip to Europe. I was a gangly 14-­year-­old, dragged to the old country by a conspiracy of grandparents and parents solely to visit strangers who...

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