Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental
This article appears in our Online Edition, July 2020
Enjoy an edible scavenger hunt in the Mercado San Miguel, sampling authentic and affordable bites for a light meal. Photo by Rick Steves

Although we've had to postpone trips to Europe because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here's one of my favorite places — a reminder of what's waiting for us at the other end of this crisis.

The hub of Spain, Madrid is upbeat and vibrant — and a work in progress: Massive urban-improvement projects — new parks, pedestrianized streets, and revamped transit — are transforming the city. Fortunately, the...

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Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental
This article appears in our Online Edition, July 2020
With its spectacular garden and harmonious architecture, château Vaux-le-Vicomte inspired King Louis XIV to build Versailles. Photo by Rick Steves

Although we've had to postpone trips to Europe because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here are some of my favorite day trips from Paris—a reminder of what's waiting for you at the other end of this crisis.

Paris can be intense, so for a break from its urban hustle and bustle I like to dip into the countryside for a day. There, a variety of appealing sights invite exploration, from châteaux and artistic gardens to...

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Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental
This article appears in our Online Edition, June 2020
The most colorful shopping in Europe — and the most engaging way to assemble a picnic — is at lively markets like Borough Market in London.

Although we've had to postpone trips to Europe due to the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here's one of my favorite European activities – a tasty reminder of what's waiting for you at the other end of this crisis.

As a budget traveler, there's no better experience than a picnic sourced from a local market and then eaten outdoors with a lively square, peaceful park, or rejuvenated harborfront as a backdrop. Picnicking...

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Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental
This article appears in our Online Edition, June 2020
With its buildings, gridded street plan, and frescoed art remarkably intact, Pompeii offers the best look anywhere at life in an ancient Roman town. <i>(Rick Steves’ Europe/TNS)</i>

Although we've had to postpone trips to Europe because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here's one of my favorite European activities — a reminder of what's waiting for you at the other end of this crisis.

I love exploring the world of ancient Rome, with its grand architecture, fascinating culture, and stories of larger-than-life leaders. But since many of the 2,000-year-old empire’s landmarks are reduced to...

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Rick Steves' Europe
This article appears in our Print Edition, June 2020 -- Page 32
It’s easy to find Wi-Fi at cafés, transit hubs, tourist offices and public squares throughout Europe. Photo by Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli

When I took my first solo trip to Europe in 1973, I must have kept my parents on the edge of their seats.

The day after my high school graduation, I headed to the airport accompanied only by a good friend, a rucksack and a youthful sense of adventure. Throughout the months-long trip, the only way of communicating with my folks back home was through postcards, since paying for international calls was beyond my Europe-through-the-gutter budget. Still, I managed to send a postcard...

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Rick Steves' Europe
This article appears in our Print Edition, May 2020 -- Page 23
If police stop you on the street and ask to check your wallet for counterfeit bills, it’s probably a scam. Photo by Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli

Europe is a surprisingly creative place when it comes to travel scams. Many of the most successful gambits require a naively trusting tourist, but seasoned travelers can be taken in, too. We should all be wary of the numerous subtle scams — a cabbie pads your fare, a hotel business center computer records your password, or a waiter offers a special with a “special” increased price — but if you’re cautious and not overly trusting, you should have no problem....

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Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental
This article appears in our Online Edition, April 2020

Like most travelers around the world, I've shifted into "armchair travel" mode for the time being. While stuck at home, I'm reflecting on my favorite memories of experiencing Europe's living traditions.

While some of Europe's customs survive only as clichés or tacky stage shows for tourists, others are worth going out of your way to take part in. One of the most well-known European traditions -- and something that I absolutely love doing -- is...

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Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental
This article appears in our Online Edition, April 2020
An exhibit at the SS <i>Great Britain</i> celebrates the engineering genius Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who designed the historic passenger ship. Photo by Rick Steves

It's a familiar story in Europe: A once-important town falls on hard times, only to make a comeback many years later and thrive in modern times. Add Bristol, England, to the list. Like Belfast, Glasgow, and Liverpool, this rusty old port town is emerging with a special creative energy and is well worth visiting.

Known as the birthplace of world-famous street artist Banksy, with a handful of his works dotting a scruffy part of town, today's Bristol...

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