Rick Steves' Europe
This article appears in our Print Edition, August 2014 -- Page 62
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Tastes specific to Spain
Rick Steves' Europe
This article appears in our Print Edition, July 2014 -- Page 59
Wielding a handheld shower in a tight shower space lacking a soap dish or shelf may lead to some bathroom gymnastics. Photo by Dominic Bonuccelli
Common features of hotel bathrooms on the Continent
Rick Steves' Europe
This article appears in our Print Edition, June 2014 -- Page 57
Highland dancing is a popular activity at festivals in towns big and small throughout Scotland. Photo by Dominic Bonuccelli
A few fun festivals in Italy, Spain and Scotland
Rick Steves' Europe
This article appears in our Print Edition, May 2014 -- Page 59

The Louvre is Europe’s oldest, biggest, greatest and second-most-crowded museum (after the Vatican). It is home to Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, Michelangelo statues, and paintings by the greatest artists from the Renaissance to the Romantics. Lately, it is also home to groups of pickpockets. It got so bad that in April 2013 the museum staff walked out in protest. The Louvre had to close for a day, and the management finally beefed up police patrols.

Europe is a surprisingly...

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Rick Steves' Europe
This article appears in our Print Edition, April 2014 -- Page 56
Sightseers visit Berlin’s new memorial honoring the Roma and Sinti victims of Hitler’s genocide. Photo by Rick Steves

While Germany sits in the driver’s seat of Europe’s economy, it doesn’t take a cultural backseat either. Here are a few of the latest developments.

• Berlin is trying to finish construction of its new, 5-billion-euro (nearly 7-billion-dollar) airport, Willy Brandt Berlin-Brandenburg International, but the project has been perennially delayed by a faulty fire-safety system, glitches in the baggage-sorting equipment and other technical problems. A partial opening...

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Rick Steves' Europe
This article appears in our Print Edition, March 2014 -- Page 55
Visitors to the ‘Cutty Sark’ in London’s Greenwich district can walk under the ship, which has been raised 11 feet above her dry dock. Photo by Gretchen Strauch

For travelers to Great Britain, Italy or France, here are a few important changes to be aware of in 2014.

GREAT BRITAIN

• London continues to grow and thrive, post Olympics. Free WiFi is everywhere, bus transportation is more efficient than ever, and the city’s freshly scrubbed monuments have never looked so good. 

Some of the biggest changes are in East London, where backhoes and bulldozers buzz around busily turning the 2012 Olympics site into what is...

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Rick Steves' Europe
This article appears in our Print Edition, February 2014 -- Page 59
What to know about Europe’s low-cost airlines
Rick Steves' Europe
This article appears in our Print Edition, January 2014 -- Page 58
Tips on communicating in another country where you don’t speak the language