Rick Steves

Village pubs provide fuel (and memories) for hikers.

Adventures in England’s Cotswolds, thatched kingdom of quaint

Everything about them — the meadows, thatched roofs, churches, pubs, BBs and even the tourist offices — is cute.

 

In the Netherlands, pot users go to coffeeshops — not jail.

A coffee shop conversation about marijuana in Amsterdam

If you pass a shop in the Netherlands full of plants displaying a Rastafarian flag, it doesn’t sell much coffee.

 

Siena’s main square and gathering place, Il Campo.

Rick Steves on the Tuscan town of Siena, Italy’s medieval soul

It’s been a backwater since the 14th century — and that’s a big reason why it’s so worth visiting today.

 

Don't be afraid to join a dance in Turkey: Just snap your fingers and shake your shoulders.

Rick Steves on the ‘Laz-pitality’ found in northeastern Turkey

Twenty-two American travelers were invited to spend a Turkish evening with a Laz family near the Black Sea.

Don't be afraid to join a dance in Turkey: Just snap your fingers and shake your shoulders.
A flag-flying perch above Bergen, Norway.

How a visit to Norway gave the young Rick Steves a new outlook

The nation’s commitment to anti-materialism impressed him — as did the pretty girls with hairy armpits.

A flag-flying perch above Bergen, Norway.
Buckled up as we embark on the via ferrata.

Rick Steves on dangling from a terrifying Swiss cliff

The effects of climate change may out vivid Swiss alps experiences out of reach.

Buckled up as we embark on the via ferrata.
Milan’s main square and cathedral.

Rick Steves on appreciating Italy’s most underrated city, Milan

A highlight? Leonardo’s “The Last Supper” mural at Milan’s Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie.

Milan’s main square and cathedral.
Arcos, Spain, where locals “see the backs of the birds as they fly.”

Arcos de la Frontera: Nuns’ cupcakes and donkeys in the bell tower

Rick Steves on connecting with the culture of small-town Spain — and creating treasured memories.

Arcos, Spain, where locals “see the backs of the birds as they fly.”
Farmers market in Nevesinje, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Rick Steves goes off the beaten path in Bosnia-Herzegovina

An inland road takes him to the humble crossroads village of Nevesinje.

Farmers market in Nevesinje, Bosnia-Herzegovina.
The cathedral’s sublime dome dominates the Florence skyline.

Rick Steves’ Europe: The Renaissance spirit lives on in Florence

The Italian city is home to some of the finest art and architecture in the world.

The cathedral’s sublime dome dominates the Florence skyline.
Well-preserved Rothenburg welcomes visitors.

Whiling away the after hours at a coveted German Stammtisch

Even in the most touristy town in Germany, you can still make a genuine, cross-cultural connection.

Well-preserved Rothenburg welcomes visitors.
Westminster Abbey: British pageantry in a Gothic jewel box.

Rick Steves on Westminster Abbey, the national soul of England

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Westminster Abbey: British pageantry in a Gothic jewel box.
Rue Cler’s stores make picnic-shopping fun in Paris.

Rick Steves’ Europe: Fine living at a Paris street market

Parisians shop almost daily because their tiny kitchens have tiny refrigerators, and fresh produce makes for a good meal.

Rue Cler’s stores make picnic-shopping fun in Paris.
Córdoba’s back streets are a delight to explore.

Rick Steves on strolling Cordoba’s back streets

The patios of Andalucia are mini paradises, and the homeowners have no problem sharing them.

Córdoba’s back streets are a delight to explore.
Riomaggiore, one of the Cinque Terre towns, is aglow at night.

Rick Steves on the Cinque Terre, the Riviera of Italy

It’s a world of ancient terraced vineyards, little pastel ports, rustic cuisine and twinkling vistas.

Riomaggiore, one of the Cinque Terre towns, is aglow at night.
Salema's fishermen share their beach with travelers.

Rick Steves on Portugal’s sunny mecca for tourists and locals

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… Continue reading

Salema's fishermen share their beach with travelers.
The port town of Hydra.

Rick Steves on the sounds of cockcrow on sleepy Hydra

The end of night is marked by a dissonant chorus of cat fights, burro honks and what sounds like roll call at an asylum for crazed roosters.

The port town of Hydra.
Strolling atop the wall overlooking Dubrovnik.

Rick Steves on walking the city walls of Dubrovnik, Croatia

After years of war and strife, life here is once again very good — and filled with promise.

Strolling atop the wall overlooking Dubrovnik.
Beach bungalows at Ærøskøbing.

Rick Steves on Aerø, Denmark’s ship-in-a-bottle island

This charming little isle in the Baltic Sea takes “cozy” to delightful new heights.

Beach bungalows at Ærøskøbing.
Basso living (life on the street) in Naples.

Rick Steves’ memories of charming, appalling Naples

Italy’s third-largest city is also its grittiest. But its “beautiful chaos” is well worth savoring.

Basso living (life on the street) in Naples.