Sunday, February 5, 2023

How To Purchase Train Tickets for Europe | Strategies For Buying European Train Tickets

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In the not-so-distant past, the only way to buy train tickets for Europe was through an expensive travel agent or at the train station ticket window. These days, most of Europe’s national rail...

Granada’s Alhambra

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For me, one of the great joys of travel is having in-person encounters with great art and architecture — which I’ve collected in a book called Europe’s Top 100 Masterpieces. Here’s one of my...

Siena: Italy’s Medieval Soul

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I believe a regular dose of travel dreaming can be good for the soul. Stow away with me to Siena, Italy, in this excerpt from my book For the Love of Europe, a collection...

Elgin Marbles — The Parthenon Sculptures

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As Europe starts opening up to travelers again, it’s more exciting than ever to think about the cultural treasures that await. For me, one of the great joys of travel is having in-person encounters...

The Best Travel Accessories | Our Hand-Picked List of Travel Gear

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There are thousands of travel accessories and gadgets out there but most are gimmicky and a waste of both money and precious space. That’s what I wanted to talk about some of the...

The Book of Kells — Christ Enthroned

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For me, one of the great joys of travel is having in-person encounters with great art — which I’ve collected in a book called Europe’s Top 100 Masterpieces. Here’s one of my favorites: Jesus Christ...

My 1978 “Hippie Trail” Journal: A Second Dreamy Day in Herat

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With the fall of Afghanistan, I’ve been reflecting on my travel experiences there as a 23-year-old backpacker on the “Hippie Trail” from Istanbul to Kathmandu. Yesterday and today, it’s a poor yet formidable land...

Comrades No More: Thoughts on Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

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Today is a profoundly sad day. Russia’s aggressive action is heartbreaking for the death, suffering, and economic turmoil it will cause in Ukraine and, indirectly at least, beyond. Here at Rick Steves’ Europe, we...

Picasso’s “Guernica”  

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Watching the recent events in Afghanistan unfold in the headlines, I’ve been thinking about how important it is to humanize far-away tragic events — and the unique ability of artists to do so.  Picasso’s monumental painting “Guernica” — more than 25 feet wide — is a powerful example of this. It’s not only...

The Best Hike of my Life: The Tour du Mont Blanc

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Earlier this fall, four of us — total novices at long-distance treks — hiked around Europe’s highest mountain. (On the first day, big birds of prey circled high overhead. My hunch: They were vultures...

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