Rick Steves' Europe
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Rick Steves' Europe
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Rick Steves' Europe
This article appears in our Print Edition, December 2011 -- Page 58

Travel is best with a few rough edges. I once suffered through an all-night stint on the blistered, black vinyl floor of a Yugoslavian train in order to wake up in Sofia, Bulgaria. When I stumbled out of that station into a blue, new Bulgarian day, just being off the train made Sofia a thrilling destination.

There are still plenty of people traveling in Europe on the cheap. The one thing they have in common (apart from B.O.) is frugality. If even low-budget pensions and hostels are...

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Rick Steves' Europe
This article appears in our Print Edition, September 2011 -- Page 59

by Rick Steves

At Europe’s lively open-air markets and bazaars, bargaining for merchandise is the accepted and expected method of setting a price. Whether you are looking for door knockers or hand-knitted sweaters, seize the chance to bargain like a native. It’s the only way to find a compromise between the wishful thinking of the seller and the souvenir lust of the tourist.

Bargaining can be fun if you learn how to haggle. Among many good markets at which to...

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Rick Steves' Europe
This article appears in our Print Edition, August 2011 -- Page 60

You’re winging your way across Europe, having the time of your life, when you make a simple mistake. You set your bag down as you slurp an extra-large gelato, and before you know it your bag is gone. Unfortunately, today’s the day you tucked your passport, credit cards and extra cash in your bag instead of in your money belt. That sinking feeling is the realization that — except for the euro or two in your pocket — you’ve lost everything.

Odds are this won’t ever happen to you, but if...

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Rick Steves' Europe
This article appears in our Print Edition, July 2011 -- Page 59

by Rick Steves

Tracking down decent public toilets in Europe can be frustrating. I once dropped off a tour group in a town for a potty stop, and when I picked them up 20 minutes later, no one had had any luck. Most European countries are short on public restrooms, but I can teach you how to sniff out a biffy in a jiffy.

If you ask for a “restroom” or “bathroom,” you’ll get no relief. Instead, say “toilet” or “WC” (short for “water closet”). These terms are direct, simple and...

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Rick Steves' Europe
This article appears in our Print Edition, April 2011 -- Page 64

After graduating from high school, I took my first trip to Europe without my parents or much money. I subsisted entirely on jam, baguettes and Fanta. When I returned home, my doctor declared me “chronically undernourished.” I’ve never had a jam sandwich or Fanta since.

In fact, one of my biggest passions these days is to find great restaurants in Europe. Whether it’s Wiener schnitzel in Vienna, salade Niçoise in Nice or wurst in Würzburg, a country’s high cuisine is as culturally...

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Rick Steves' Europe
This article appears in our Print Edition, March 2011 -- Page 64

Despite the economic downturn, France and Spain spent millions of euros last year to upgrade their public spaces and technology for visitors.

In Paris, FRANCE, the top floor of the Orsay, containing its Impressionist and Post-Impressionist rooms, is slated to reopen this spring after a yearlong renovation. Until then, many of the displaced masterpieces are being displayed on the museum’s ground floor.

At the Louvre, the pre-Classical Greek section is closed until spring 2012....

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