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Tropical England

Rick Steves | Posted 07.31.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

While updating my Rick Steves England guidebook, I've endured some pretty dreary weather. So dropping into the Eden Project in Cornwall was a delightf...

Details Paint a Bigger Picture of a Little Cotswold Church

Rick Steves | Posted 07.29.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Buried in the Cotswold region of west England is the pristine village of Stanton, with what appears to be just another little medieval church. But, by knowing what to look at, you'll see deeper.

Forget Downton Abbey, Blenheim Palace is #1

Rick Steves | Posted 07.27.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

I nearly skipped Blenheim Palace this year, thinking that on a gorgeous Sunday in July this palace near Oxford would be a mob scene. It was nearly empty.

Travelers Café

Rick Steves | Posted 07.27.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

High school grads in the Alps, a "monk chat" in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and under the pillow in a Scottish B&B. There's a lot going on in our Travelers Café where I collect my favorite blogs.

Oxford vs. Cambridge? I've Changed My View

Rick Steves | Posted 07.24.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

I've spent the last three days enjoying both towns and comparing each -- and I need to change my assessment. Here's how I wrote it up for the next edition of my England guidebook.

Oxford -- Always Five Minutes Late

Rick Steves | Posted 07.23.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Finally... I learned why that White Rabbit was always late: It's because Oxford is almost comically full of tradition.

Revisiting One of the Greatest Cities on Earth

Rick Steves | Posted 07.22.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Spending a few days in London updating my guidebook, it was fun to reconnect with one of the greatest cities on earth.

That's One Big Pickle

Rick Steves | Posted 07.21.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

While updating my Rick Steves' London guidebook this week, I was struck by the construction and the changing skyline. With my local guide, Gillian Chadwick, I marveled at the energy of new London, as it seems intent on building itself out of any economic recession.

Grand Tour of My London Hotel Room

Rick Steves | Posted 07.20.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

One of my favorite moments in my travels is that little eddy between modules of a trip. For me, each two-month trip has segments.

Rothenburg as a Stage Set

Rick Steves | Posted 07.20.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

We spent 12 days scrambling to film our Reformation special. And the last stop was the historic German town of Rothenburg.

Inside Look at Amazing Crime Museum

Rick Steves | Posted 07.17.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

While filming in Rothenburg at the amazing Medieval Crime and Punishment Museum, we got a behind-the-scenes look at how great museums don't just happen.

Modern Germans Reenact Medieval Battles

Rick Steves | Posted 07.16.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

While filming our Protestant Reformation documentary in Germany, we decided to use Rothenburg's 16th-century settings to do my "on cameras." It was perfect: Its Medieval Crime and Punishment Museum is the best of its kind.

Documentary Style à la Ken Burns

Rick Steves | Posted 07.15.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Ken Burns can enthrall me for hours on end with lavishly filmed, edited and narrated history. It's my hope that our hour-long special on Luther and the Reformation will be enthralling too.

Tartan Tat in Edinburgh and Falling Into the Set of Avatar

Rick Steves | Posted 07.14.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

There's lots of travel fun happening in our Travelers' Café -- a collection of favorite blogs for all my travel buddies. Cameron Hewitt is now in Scotland, as he realized when he stepped into the breakfast room and found a bottle of whisky.

Reformation Shoot

Rick Steves | Posted 07.14.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

We're in Germany filming a one-hour special about Martin Luther and the Reformation which will be released in a year for the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

Slaughter at the End of the Middle Ages

Rick Steves | Posted 07.10.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

While filming our Protestant Reformation special in Germany, I couldn't resist stopping by a sight I've never heard of before that is related to the Reformation -- the Panorama Museum in Bad Frankenhausen.

Martin Luther's Been Kidnapped!

Rick Steves | Posted 07.09.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

We've begun a twelve-day TV shoot in Germany for a public television special celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation (due out in late 2016). Perhaps you don't know yet how exciting this is.

The German Sense of Humor

Rick Steves | Posted 07.08.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

I'm just kicking off my summer trip starting in Germany. I'll be posting daily for the next 45 days starting with this little video clip illustrating the unique sense of humor of the German people.

Rappin' on Throwback Thursday

Rick Steves | Posted 07.02.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Here's a Throwback Thursday musical interlude for a little inspiration. The first line -- "I'm goin' to Europe in just a couple of days" -- has been m...

Thought-Provoking Posts Fill Our Travelers Café

Rick Steves | Posted 06.30.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Enjoy these as a traveler's amuse-bouche in my Travelers Café before I fly to Germany to begin part two of my 2015 travels. Coming up: 45 days of travel in Germany and England with daily posts from the road. Thanks for traveling with me!

Bemused in Bali

Rick Steves | Posted 06.26.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

It's cat-poop coffee and monkeys looking for hair lice in humans as my daughter Jackie and son Andy continue reporting on their Southeast Asian advent...

Selfies in the Recording Studio

Rick Steves | Posted 06.25.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

I am really committed to our Rick Steves Audio Europe app -- to be honest, probably more committed than I should be. It's free to our travelers, but e...

Nicolina's "Hearts of India" Tour Is Wrapping Up

Rick Steves | Posted 06.24.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

My niece, Nicolina, is just finishing a three-month, 7,500-mile trip around India. Her life's mission: to bring young people in humble villages a chance to explore their inner worlds through the meditative act of painting.

Cassoulet Must Be French for "Bowl of Farts"

Rick Steves | Posted 06.23.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

While I don't read much "travel literature," I love to read other travelers' blogs and journals. And at the Travelers' Café on my website, we've lots...

More From Jackie Steves in Bali

Rick Steves | Posted 06.22.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

My daughter Jackie continues her blog reporting on her Southeast Asian adventure. Here are a few random bits from her latest entry. After reading thes...