Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental
This article appears in our Online Edition, March 2021
Arcos, Spain, where locals “see the backs of the birds as they fly.”

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 south of Spain — a reminder of the fun that awaits us at the other end of this crisis.

I’m in the little hill town of Arcos de la Frontera, just south of Sevilla. Today, my goal is to connect with the culture of small-town Spain.

Arcos smothers its hilltop, tumbling down all...

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Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental
This article appears in our Online Edition, February 2021
Westminster Abbey: British pageantry in a Gothic jewel box.

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 London — a reminder of the fun that awaits us at the other end of this crisis.

Wearing a red robe and a warm smile, Eddie works as a verger at London’s Westminster Abbey. As a church official, he keeps order in this space, which is both very touristy and very sacred.

I tell him I...

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Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental
This article appears in our Online Edition, February 2021
Rue Cler’s stores make picnic-shopping fun in Paris.

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 streets of Paris — a reminder of the fun that awaits us at the other end of this crisis.

I grew up thinking cheese was no big deal. It was orange and the shape of the bread: slap, fwomp ... cheese sandwich. Even though I’m still far from a gourmet eater, my time in Paris —...

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Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental
This article appears in our Online Edition, February 2021
Córdoba’s back streets are a delight to explore.

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 in Andalucía — a reminder of the fun that awaits us at the other end of this crisis.

Wandering the Art Deco streets of Córdoba in southern Spain, I’m drawn to a commotion on a square. It’s almost midnight and everyone’s out, savoring a cool evening. The short men around me all seem...

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Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental
This article appears in our Online Edition, February 2021
Riomaggiore, one of the Cinque Terre towns, is aglow at night.

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 Italy’s Riviera — a reminder of the fun that awaits us at the other end of this crisis.

I cap the best day imaginable on the Cinque Terre with a glass of sciacchetrà dessert wine on the breakwater. It’s midnight and the Mediterranean is darker than the sky. I scan the horizon for...

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Rick Steves' Europe
This article appears in our Print Edition, February 2021 -- Page 27
Leave it to cleaver. Giulio on the job in Montepulciano. 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. And, like so many, it involves eating in Italy — a reminder of the delicious experiences that await us at the other end of this crisis.

Spending a month in Italy, the thought of eating anything other than Italian food never occurs to me. Other than France, I doubt there’s another...

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Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental
This article appears in our Online Edition, January 2021
The port town of Hydra.

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 one of my favorite Greek isles — a reminder of the fun that awaits us at the other end of this crisis.

The isle of Hydra — just an hour by fast ferry from Athens — has one town, a quaint little harbor, isolated beaches, and some tavernas. There are no real roads, no cars, and not...

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Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental
This article appears in our Online Edition, January 2021
Strolling atop the wall overlooking Dubrovnik.

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 city of Dubrovnik in Croatia — a reminder of the fun that awaits us at the other end of this crisis.

Jostled by the crowds, I walk toward the still-stout medieval wall encircling Dubrovnik, deservedly known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic.” It’s an unforgettable mile-long...

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