Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental
This article appears in our Online Edition, August 2020
“To live properly in Venice, you must have a boat.” (Cameron Hewitt, Rick Steves' Europe)

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

Descending Venice’s fabled Rialto Bridge, I shuffle slowly, spinning my wheels in a human traffic jam congesting one of the city’s biggest shopping streets. Finally breaking free, I turn down a dank and empty lane, reach...

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Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental
This article appears in our Online Edition, August 2020
The serene side of Bruges from a canal-boat tour. (Cameron Hewitt, Rick Steves' Europe)

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 Belgium’s most charming city, Bruges. It’s a reminder of the fun that awaits us at the other end of this crisis.

With a smile, the friendly shopkeeper hands me a pharaoh’s head and two hedgehogs. Happily sucking the liquor out of a hedgehog, I walk out of the small chocolate shop with...

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Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental
This article appears in our Online Edition, August 2020
Street leading to York Minster. (Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli, Rick Steves' Europe)

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—a reminder of the inspirational sights that await us at the other end of this crisis.

I’m in York (the most interesting stop between London and Edinburgh), following Edwin, a wry and spry retired schoolteacher, on a walk around town. Edwin stays active leading town walks and giving private tours....

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Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental
This article appears in our Online Edition, August 2020
Fado is sung from the heart. (Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli, Rick Steves' Europe)

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

It’s after dark in Lisbon’s ramshackle Alfama neighborhood. Old-timers gather in restaurants, which serve little more than grilled sardines, to hear and sing Portugal’s mournful fado: traditional ballads of lament....

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Rick Steves' Europe
This article appears in our Print Edition, August 2020 -- Page 29
Treat yourself to a picnic in a park with a view — and make friends with the locals while you eat. Photos by Rick Steves

Although we’ve had to postpone trips to Europe due to the pandemic, I believe an occasional dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. The following is about 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...

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Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental
This article appears in our Online Edition, July 2020
Hikers atop Valahnúkur in the Þórsmörk (“Thor’s Woods”) region are rewarded with 360-degree views.

Although we’ve had to postpone European trips because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here’s one of the places that’s waiting for you at the other end of this crisis.

Iceland, with cinematic scenery showcasing nature in its rawest form, thrills outdoorsy travelers. Known for the midnight sun and northern lights, this fascinating island is equally famous for its magnificent glaciers and volcanoes.

Among the...

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Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental
This article appears in our Online Edition, July 2020
The ancient temple Maison Carrée is a well-preserved testament to Nîmes’ former glory as a regional capital of the Roman Empire. (Rick Steves, Rick Steves' Europe/TNS)

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 destinations--a reminder of what's waiting for you at the other end of this crisis.

Most travelers to southern France’s Provence region will visit Arles and Avignon, but ignore nearby Nîmes. While those two towns have name recognition and greater touristic appeal, Nîmes (pronounced "neem...

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Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental
This article appears in our Online Edition, July 2020
Even on the small island of Sicily, you'll find regional specialties, such as fish couscous and Busiate alla Trapanese, a twisty pasta with red pesto. (Carrie Shepherd, Rick Steves' Europe)

Although we've had to postpone European trips because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. I recall my visit to Sicily a couple of years ago as a parade of delightful meals, each filled with seasonal and local treats infused with the taste of this island's history.

While food may be an art form in Italy, it’s more like a religion in Sicily. Even if you know Italian food well, Sicilian cuisine will surprise you with its...

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