Rick Steves' Europe
This article appears in our Print Edition, March 2008 -- Page 76

Bella Italia, my favorite country in Europe, is a wonderful work in progress. Here’s a look at what to expect in 2008.

TRAFFIC ZONES

• Italy is gung-ho for restricted traffic zones in its city centers. This is great for pedestrians but not for drivers, who are finding 100-dollar fines in their mail when they arrive home.

In Rome, Florence, Milan, Lucca, Siena, San Gimignano, Orvieto or Verona, if you drive in restricted areas marked by a Zona Traffico...

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Rick Steves' Europe
This article appears in our Print Edition, February 2008 -- Page 78

No one planning a trip to Europe needs to be reminded to see Big Ben and the Leaning Tower. But it’s the unusual experiences that are often the most memorable part of a trip. Study up in advance and you can enjoy places and experiences like these.

EUROPE’S SKINNIEST PARK —Paris’ skinny, 2-mile-long Promenade Plantee park is a narrow garden walk on a viaduct no longer used for train tracks. The elevated park, which cuts through lots of modern condos, gives a...

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Rick Steves' Europe
This article appears in our Print Edition, January 2008 -- Page 88

I remember a bleak time in Poland when the economy was so maddeningly out of touch with the needs of its people that anyone lucky enough to own a car would remove their windshield wipers at night and take them inside. In their command economy — oblivious to the laws of supply and demand — some official forgot to order wipers and, consequently, they weren’t for sale anywhere. Inspired by a hungry black market, thieves would work late into the night snapping them up.

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Rick Steves' Europe
This article appears in our Print Edition, April 2006 -- Page 0

by Rick Steves

For a memorable day in Scotland, visit two of its most scenic islands: Mull and Iona. Part of the historic Hebrides, they lie on Scotland’s west coast and make an easy day-trip from the seaside town of Oban. Hop on an early-morning Caledonian MacBrayne ferry from Oban to the Isle of Mull. After sightseeing Mull, you sail across gray waters on a second, smaller ferry before eventually landing on Iona’s stark, windswept shore.

Bowman’s Tours, located near Oban’s...

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This article appears in our Print Edition, August 2004 -- Page 0
Spain’s pilgrimage route ends here, at Santiago’s famous cathedral.
Pilgrims’ terminus, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Rick Steves' Europe
This article appears in our Print Edition, July 2004 -- Page 0
Helping make Europe physically accessible to slow walkers and wheelchair users
Rick Steves' Europe
This article appears in our Print Edition, June 2004 -- Page 0
Meet, drink and be merry in Europe’s hostels. Photos: Steves
Rick’s top tips for stretching your travel dollar