Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental
This article appears in our Online Edition, March 2021
The cathedral’s sublime dome dominates the Florence skyline. Photo by Rick Steves

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 Florence — a reminder of the artistic wonders that awaits us at the other end of this crisis.

After my first day in Florence, I remember thinking, “I’ve seen more great art in a few hours than many people see in a lifetime.”

Geographically small but culturally rich,...

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Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental
This article appears in our Online Edition, March 2021
Well-preserved Rothenburg welcomes visitors. Photo by Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli

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

In Europe’s tourist towns, the best social moments combust after a long day of work, and after the guests say good night. In an Irish pub in Galway after closing, the door is locked and the musicians play on...

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Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental
This article appears in our Online Edition, February 2021
Córdoba’s back streets are a delight to explore. Photo by Rick Steves

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

Wandering the Art Deco streets of Córdoba in southern Spain, I’m drawn to a commotion on a square. It’s almost midnight and everyone’s out, savoring a cool evening. The short men around me all...

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Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental
This article appears in our Online Edition, February 2021
Riomaggiore, one of the Cinque Terre towns, is aglow at night. Photo by Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli

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 Italy’s Riviera — a reminder of the fun that awaits us at the other end of this crisis.

I cap the best day imaginable on the Cinque Terre with a glass of sciacchetrà dessert wine on the breakwater. It’s midnight and the Mediterranean is darker than the sky. I scan the horizon for...

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Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental
This article appears in our Online Edition, February 2021
Westminster Abbey: British pageantry in a Gothic jewel box. Photo by Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli

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

Wearing a red robe and a warm smile, Eddie works as a verger at London’s Westminster Abbey. As a church official, he keeps order in this space, which is both very touristy and very sacred.

I tell him I...

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Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental
This article appears in our Online Edition, February 2021
Rue Cler’s stores make picnic-shopping fun in Paris. Photo by Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli

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

I grew up thinking cheese was no big deal. It was orange and the shape of the bread: slap, fwomp ... cheese sandwich. Even though I’m still far from a gourmet eater, my time in Paris —...

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Rick Steves' Europe
This article appears in our Print Edition, February 2021 -- Page 27
Leave it to cleaver. Giulio on the job in Montepulciano. Photo by Rick Steves

As we’ve had to postpone our travels because of the pandemic, I believe an occasional dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here’s one of my favorite European memories. And, like so many, it involves eating in Italy — a reminder of the delicious experiences that await us at the other end of this crisis.

Spending a month in Italy, the thought of eating anything other than Italian food never occurs to me. Other than France, I doubt there’s another...

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Rick Steves' Europe Supplemental
This article appears in our Online Edition, January 2021
Salema's fishermen share their beach with travelers. Photo by Rick Steves

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 Portugal’s Algarve, the sunny south coast of my travel dreams — a reminder of the fun that awaits us at the other end of this crisis.

The flatbed fish truck rambles into the village tooting the “1812 Overture” on its horn. Today’s my beach day and I was ready to just sleep...

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